German Shepherd Coat Colors – GSD Coat Colors and Patterns

German Shepherd Coat Colors – GSD Coat Colors and Patterns


hey everybody this is Debbie from total dash german shepherd.com and today I want to talk to you just a little bit about one aspect of the German Sheperd and today I want to talk to you about their coat colors a no good dog is a bad color now this is a very famous quote from max funds diffidence who in case you didn’t know he is the founder of the german shepherd dog breed now concerning the german shepherd coat colors the breed standard from the sv which is the parent organization for the german shepherd in germany specifically states that the color of the german shepherd in and of itself is not important and that it has no effect on the character of the dog or on its ability to work and should therefore be considered a secondary cano matter for that reason so the final color of a young dog can only be ascertained when the outer coat is fully developed which means once the dog is completely mature so of all things to think about whenever you want to get a german shepherd you know a new puppy or a new dog or whatever of all things to think about it and getting a dog the very last thing you should think about should be coat color this should always be between a thing on the very bottom of your list but most people you know don’t don’t think of this way this is usually the first thing they think about so good pigments should be sought after whenever you’re getting a new dog but a lot of things such as health temperament and you know structure gate type all these things should be much more important than coat color you also want to look for things such as you know dark eyes and dark nose pigment when you’re looking for a German Shepherd so if you ask just about anybody to describe for you what is the German Shepherd or what do they look like they’re almost always going to mention this Saddleback pattern or that settle back marking so you know it is possible for a German Shepherd to be solid colors or even a sable but more often than not most people are going to mention the Saddleback pattern when you ask them to describe for you what a German Shepherd is now German Shepherds can also come in various coat colors and patterns and I let’s talk just real quickly about some of these so they can also come in things like black and tan black and red black and cream black and silver they can also come in solid black or solid right they can also come in sable and there are two rare colors of the German Shepherd comes in occasionally and this is liver and also blue so let’s look at a few pictures real quick of just some representations of what some of these other coat patterns or coat colors look like now here you might see a black and tan here you see a couple black and reds but they also come in black and cream in black and silver but this kind of gives you some idea about the saddlebag or the blanket back patterns in the German Shepherd oil if they also come in solid color such as solid black solid white and they also come in sable patterns now like we said before two of the rare considerations that are colorations of the dog comes in are blue and also liver now in the blue German Shepherds these dogs oftentimes they’re going to have light-colored eyes they’re going to have grey nosis instead of black and overall their coat color is going to be kind of a dusty color to look like somebody you know splattered duster paper oh yeah powder or something like that on it’s going to have just a dusty color so for dogs that are blues basically all the black pigment has been replaced with shades of a blue color now in the liver German Shepherds the same thing holds true only in these dogs all the black patter excuse me all the black pigment has been replaced with shades of brown or liver colors like you see here this dog has kind of a liver colored nose so here you see a couple of really good representations of a liver German Shepherd and also a blue German Shepherd so you don’t see a whole lot of these but they are out there so let’s talk a little bit about coat colors in German Shepherds and they do come in more than one first of all the short code German Shepherds and this sounds just like what you want you hear the shortcut of German Shepherds have a coat that lies very close to their body and oftentimes these tongues going to have a little less undercoat that some of the other the German Shepherds that you’ll see German shepherds also come in nice plush coats and these plush cutter German Shepherds are going to have a medium length coat they’re going to have a nice thick fluffy undercoat however these dogs aren’t going to have any kind of feathering like you’re seeing the longer coat of German Shepherds and the coated German Shepherds are the long coated German Shepherds sometimes you’ll have them refer to as just coated German Shepherds these are German Shepherds that have much longer fur especially around their faces or around their ears behind their legs under their bellies they’ll have a big fluffy tail so these dogs go have a lot more this feathering on them than most German Shepherds that you’ll see now German Shepherds also come in several coat patterns let’s talk about that very quickly now more often than not you’re going to see this this Saddleback pattern which is considered the classic look for the German Shepherd and sometimes the dogs might have a very small saddle pattern here sometimes they have them might have a much larger saddle pad with these are the Saddleback German Shepherds you’ll also see sometimes or you’ll hear people refer to their dog as blanket backs basically the satyr saddle here is just much much larger and covers a good bit of the body or maybe sometimes the entire body so basically these dogs instead of having a little tiny settle on their back they’re gonna have a much larger blanket pattern like somebody just laid the blanket over the back of their dogs you may also hear people refer to bicolor dogs now the bicolor dogs and these dogs the saddle is going to cover you know the biggest part of their body they’re going to have dark faces their bodies are going to be very dark and you’re only going to see lighter color like on the legs lower extremities maybe a little bit around their face or on their muscles but for the most part they’re going to have a very very dark body and lighter colored legs excuse me now in the solid pattern you’re basically going to see just exactly that the dog is going to be one solid color now the dogs are born this color and they’re going to say that color throughout their entire life so there may be a little bit of other you know different color hairs somewhere located on the body of the dog but for the most part what you see is going to be a solid white dog or solid black dog so the German Shepherds again coming either one of these colors now in the sable pattern these dogs are going to have bandings of color on each of their individual hairs which you know Rick which may leave the dog to be you know a variety of shades of color so you may have several Sables from one from one litter and one might be a light color one might be really really dark and one might be kind of middle-of-the-road so just varies from dog to dog now the hairs on these sable dogs are tipped meaning that them blacker is going to be on the ends of the hairs where the rest of the hair being any shade of red or tan or gray or whatever so and because of this that’s going to account for a large array of shades of color that come back in the sable dog and also keep this in mind if you get a sable dog or either you know black and tan or whatever what you get is a puppy is going to change vastly from what it would look like it’s an adult so what you have is a puppy it’s going to look completely different is what your dog is going to look like as a full-grown mature German Shepherd so just keep that in mind so another thing to think about when you’re getting a dog you know please remember that there are no kinds of health or genetic or even temperament problems that are associated with the German Shepherd based solely on its individual color so don’t let someone tell you you know something about this dog has such as such problems because it’s white or this dog has such and such problems because it’s black or whatever because that’s not true you can’t associate any kind of hereditary or health or genetic or any kind of problems like that the German Shepherd simply because of its color so if you’d like to learn more about the german shepherd dog we’d love to have you come by and visit us at any time and again the website is ww2 documentay shepherd.com we have all sorts of information in the form of pictures we have articles there are loads of videos on the site and there’s just lots of information about nothing but our favorite breed the German Shepherd so we’d love to have you come by and check us out so you’re interested you know feel free to stop by any point in time and again that’s total dash german shepherd.com I hope you’ve enjoyed this information about German Shepherd coat colors patterns and feel free to come by check us out at any time and y’all have a good day thank you

64 Replies to “German Shepherd Coat Colors – GSD Coat Colors and Patterns”

  1. I've read that pups born black stay that way for life, and I've read that sometimes they turn color later. I've got a black pup (4 months old) that's starting to show traces of chocolate (not tan) between her ears, on her hind legs, on her front paws, on her tail, and above her eyes. It's very faint, but I can see it. Is it likely that she will change to a black and tan as she grows?

  2. the blue and liver should not be considered rare, in fact alot of these dogs are associated with health problems and I believe should not be bred. sorry that is what I have seen and experienced.
    Temperment and healthy dogs are the most important Factors. Especially when breeding:)

  3. Have you ever seen a german shepherd with eyebrows, like rottweilers have? Ive looked all over the internet and i still havent seen one with that, and i know the parents of my dog and theyre both pure breds. From what ive heard those eyebrow markings are almost exclusive to rottweilers.

  4. How can you predict what your puppy will look like when it grows to be an adult? How will you know if his forehead (just above the eyse) and neck will be tan?

    Also, how can you know if it's a true Saddleback?

  5. Parents and grandparents as well as older siblings from previous litters are good indicators of what your puppy will grow to look like.

  6. My Russian and German "bears" are all big, all solid, with nice straight backs (no banana backs), all built like heavyweights (not fat; just big), and not one has the same coloring … or temperament.

    One of our babes was born nearly all black, but he underwent such drastic coat changes from 7 to 13 months that he looks like a totally different dog that what we started off with. So lucky to have four males (ages 2 to 3-1/2) that honestly never fight — so far; but they sure do play rough.

  7. how can u tell what kind of coat the dog will have as a puppy. I like the black and red type with the blanketback pattern, so do the puppies also have a certain coat design??

  8. @kenjackson1977

    My Baron was mostly black as a puppy, but turned out black and cream colored with a hint of silver.

  9. I rescued a Liver GSD from the Human Society. Because the color is not seen as much in GSDs he was there for quite some time, as people thought he was a wolf hybrid (he has a plush coat). I'm glad there are websites like this to educate people. thank you:)

  10. Have you seen any dilute livers (bb dd)? This would be "fawn" in Dobes. I love the unusual. When I worked at Brooks Air Force Base one of the dogs sniffing out my car was a blue Rottie. I asked the handler about it, and he said their German bloodline occasionally throws dilutes. He agreed with the "No good dog is a bad color" and they use the blues right along with the blacks.

  11. @MultiHj12
    yes, if they are socialized correctly. if not, they can be overprotective of their property and can attack other dogs

  12. Hi Debbie. Do you think you could do a video on the different GSD lines. I'm trying to find information on them to help me to decide what line I'd like and I find your information useful and really easy to follow. Sarah.

  13. My GSD puppies is black and tan/black and red, but is nose is grey/brown instead of black. Can anyone tell me if it can turn black while he grows?

  14. Don't go out and buy one unless you have 3-4 hours of playtime available daily and space to RUN. These are working dogs. They can't tolerate sitting around all day. They need attention, variety, training, and exercise.

  15. i have a almost all broun shepard he hase black a little around nose ant tip of tail pupy lol he sooo cute his name is riddick such a sweet heart:)

  16. Great video! I have what i call a RED german shepherd. I always wanted a saddle back gsd, but when I saw my dog I feel in love. He is all red with a black nose. Please check him out and tell me what you think. Best dog I have ever had. MAXPOWER RED GERMAN SHEPHERD ON YOUTUBE. THANKS!

  17. Hello, I'm wondering if I have a full breed GSD or something related to it. It's a female with a black mouth tan color it's tale is black she does not have a black marking on her back when she was 3 months old she had a light coat now she doesn't she is 6 months old now and has brown eyes and a mole in her cheek

  18. Huh. Whiteness isn't associated with deafness or blindness in German Shepherds? It is in cats and a few breeds of dogs (such as Great Danes).

  19. Actually 8:00 this is not entirely correct
    .
    The show.line GSD has a standardized coat, the work-link GSD tends to be sable, graysih blackish. Because in work-lines, looks and beauty of movement are secondary when breeding.
    .

  20. Not one of these mutts that you've shown show any type of respectable resemblance to what real German Shepherds aught to look like. These should be called American shepherd mutts. Only in the states do you take a breed of dog, re breed it into something else and continue calling it by its original name.

  21. This helped a lot! Thanks! I was so confused on how plush coats were supposed to look like but this did a great job of clearing that up!

  22. i think this video is missing the panda german shepher, tri color german shepher and the most beautifull type of gsd (i`ve one of these) the apricot german shepher

  23. white is not actually a color…its a gene that supresses all color from the dog's haircoat. if you cross a white with a normally colored dog you get blue or liver. its considered weakening of the genetics according to the AKC. my dog was a rare colored red sable…miss her like crazy, lost her to cancer:(

  24. You seem so down to earth.My 10 yr old GSD and I are in the kitchen listening to you
    He is a big baby,pink papered black and red deep colring..but both of us have had crippling spine surgeries fusions cervical/lumbar.I have had 4 they did not work and my
    partner had a real big one….Logan is fading and I am sick about it.
    I have lost 5 in my life and I do not want to lose him.He was born in Germany and won a few contests but we lost interest.If he goes first I ain't gonna make it .

  25. That's your opinion….however fact states that darker german shepherds are better in several aspects including herding and competitions. Go look it up. Black and tan is the standard. When used in herding and competitions, dark is more recognized by the sheep herd, making it easier for the gsd to do its job. Many competitions do not accept very light gsd's.

  26. I love this breed to DEATH!!! But i must say the full back GSDs are some sexy little Devils Hee hee πŸ˜€

    But thanks for the video. I never knew that GSDs can come in Blue! (I mean I've never seen one before)

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