German Shepherd Coat Colors
German Shepherds come in a variety of coat colors. Traditionally
German Shepherds come in black and tan or black and red. Today there are some "rare" colors
emerging as well like "blue" and "liver."
Common GSD coat colors include:
- Black and Tan
- Black and Red
- Black and Silver
- Black and Grey
- Solid Black
- Solid White (AKC disqualification)
- Liver (serious fault)
- Sable Coats (Red Sable and Black Sable being the most common)
Black and tan or black and red are what most people picture
when they conjure up an image of the German Shepherd Dog.
Sable coated GSDs are particularly common in Europe, especially in East
Germany and the Czech Republic (our personal opinion).
German Shepherds with deep, rich colors are preferred regardless
of coat color. Light, pale, or "washed out" looking coats are less desirable.
Pictures of Some Popular Colors
From right to left - Dark Sable, Black and Red, Black and Tan
Two Red Sable German Shepherds
Solid Black GSD
Solid White German Shepherd Dog.
(Note: The AKC does not allow all white GSDs to show in conformation).
A Word about Coat Color
Regardless of coat color the most important thing to consider
when selecting a German Shepherd either from a breeder or a rescue is temperament. After
temperament comes structure.
Depending on why you are getting a GSD drives are also quite
important. Prey/play drive is desirable because they make
training your German
Shepherd much easier.
Coat color should be the very last thing you give thought too if
at all. German Shepherds are outstanding dogs regardless of what color they are.
Making your choice based solely, or in large part, on the color of their coat
you are running a serious risk of ending up with a dog that may end up being
more than you can handle or less than you hoped for.
Pretty GSDs are not always the best GSDs.
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