Attaching the name American Shepherd is a dream as this dog has been interbred with
wild canines, thus the name Tundra Shepherd which is far more befitting and a very unique and correct name.
Though many have not heard of the Tundra Shepherd. The name brings forth in
the imagination a sable cream colored dog with long legs that may resemble a wild canine, but the dogs I have seen in 2008
look to me to be the black German Shepherd dog. We have the White Shepherds (I refuse to use the name German as it is
a true American breed in my opinion) so why not the American Black Shepherd. If the dogs are true 'Shepherds' and do
the job of a shepherd then that would be correct.
The name is rather long and a simple name would be better to remember such
as The Tundra Shepherd of America. What is wrong with that? TSA Maybe someone has already laid claim to the initials
TSA. American and America is redundant, as is the word 'Dog'.
I saw the Tundra Shepherds when they were first being bred and what I saw actually
looked like the name but the dogs I am seeing now say to me "German Shepherd".
In the history of the breed on the breeds web site http://americanshepherd.com/history They state that the German Shepherd Dog was bred to wolves. Who ever gave them
that idea? I am sure that the Captain who is the original creator of the German Shepherd dog is rolling over in his
grave by that comment. Why on earth would anyone bred wolf in a line of dogs who were going to protect sheep herds from predators?
German Shepherds were created with at least three of the regions best herding shepherd dogs of the time.
The Captain took a dog that was bred and created by someone else and used that
dog as the foundation of his new super shepherd dogs and his goal was to have the best sheep herding dogs in Germany, not
dogs that ate lamb.