German Shepherd Dog Coat Colors


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There are four accepted colors for the German Shepherd Dog; black/tan, bi-color, sable and solid black. The first three colors, each one of them has its own variations. In this article I will try to show example of each color and its various variations in a simple understandable presentation.


 A. Black/brown:

For show line type, this color comes in a saddle back pattern (also called black jacket) and ranges from black/red to black/tan tone.

 black/red saddle back stock (short) coat black/tan saddle back stock (short) coat

 For work line type and work/show cross, this black/brown color comes in a blanket back pattern, but again, it comes in various brown ground tones.

black/red blanket back stock (short) coat black/tan blanket back stock (short) coat

Below are two examples of long coated, an adult and a puppy

black/brown saddle back long coated 8 weeks black/brown saddle back long coated    

Below are 6 examples of a black/brown saddle back, stock (short) coat puppy as it grwos up, please note that the saddle starts becoming clear at one year and takes its final shape by two year age or a little earlier.

8 weeks black/brown saddle back stock (short) coat 12 weeks black/brown saddle back stock (short) coat

16 weeks black/brown saddle back stock (short) coat 8 months black/brown saddle back stock (short) coat

12 months black/brown saddle back stock (short) coat 2 years black/brown saddle back stock (short) coat


B. Bi-color:

We usually find this color in work line type of German Shepherd Dog

bi-color stock (short) coat 6 weeks bi-color stock (short) coat                                                      


C ِِ. Solid black:

We usually find this color in work line type of German Shepherd Dog, but we also find it in show line type in Russia and few Eastern Europe countries.

Solid black stock (short) coat Solid black long coated

 

4 weeks solid black stock (short) coat 8 weeks solid black stock (short) coat


D. Sable:

 

Dark Sable

 Dark sable (black sable, stock (short) coat Dark sable (brownish) stock (short) coat

Dark sable (greyish) stock (short) coat 6 weeks sable color stock ( short ) coat

 

Medium Dark Sable

Medium dark sable (brownish) stock (short) coat Medium dark sable (greyish) stock (short) coat

 

Light Sable

Light sable (brownish) stock (short) coat Light sable (greyish) stock (short) coat

 

Saddle Back Sable

This color pattern is usually found in show and in work/show cross German Shepherd Dog types, Red sable, in my opinion, is a very beautiful color.

Red sable saddle back stock (short) coat Red sable saddle back long coated

Dark grey sable saddle back stock (short) coat Medium dark grey sable saddle back stock (short) coatS


 At last here is a video that explains the German Shepherd Dog coat colors, please note that solid white color German Shepherd is a seperate breed and GSD breed does not accept this color, also liver and blue colors are considered faulty colors and a GSD breeder should not breed for those colors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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