my friend has a dog - they are sure he's a mutt but hes exactly a GSD but with shorter fur!!
But it was only meant to be a temporary measure. It confuses people into thinking they are different breeds.Well, it does, it is just another name for GSDs as you said. It is in wide use.
Yep! GSDs were changed to Alsatians during WWII. The media often use Alsatian when one has bitten someone. Makes them sound more viciousBut it was only meant to be a temporary measure. It confuses people into thinking they are different breeds.
Ask anyone what's the difference between an Alsatian and a GSD and more often that not, the answer you will get is, Alsatians have short coats, GSD's have long. Which is incorrect.
Many people have asked me if she was Alsatian and when I said "No, the name is GSD" they relaxed and said "Oh that's good, Alsatians are nasty"I don't personally think it makes them sound vicious.
I have corrected people before that think they are different breeds, but they are known as both aye.