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German Shepherd Colors by MauserGirl German Shepherd Colors by MauserGirl
I primarily created this piece as an updated version of an older piece, which is found at this [link]

There are a couple of reasons for the update -
(1) I wanted to remove some of the redundant artwork
(2) I wanted to include more informational text
(3) I wanted to start with a better quality Shepherd drawing
(4) I needed a larger version to sell prints

Another big reason for the update is that the original piece has been redistributed all over the Internet without any kind of link back, often with my logo removed and sometimes entirely edited to be on a different background. :(

I apologize for the enormous watermark across the image, but since people keep redistributing my charts all over the Internet without a link back to either my dog page (which the copyright link goes to) or my DeviantArt page, it's become a necessity.
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NightfallBlessing Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this, it's a good help! :heart:
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vasogoma Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
I am so SO happy I found you :) I saw your original piece a while ago and I am super excited to finally have someone to thank for creating it. I swear I show it all the time at work to explain clients that there is more than just one color of german shepherd. I am so going to find a way (sooner than later I hope) so I can buy a print of it <3
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015
Prints will eventually be available through my Zazzle store at www.zazzle.com/Dogs4Defense but I haven't been able to do much work to the store lately ...
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Lady-Virgil Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015
I have one and I love him :3 He's a great friend and protector. Love your work.
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Denis-Triton Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Моя любимая собака. )
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Laloki Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
ohhahahddh thank you for existing
this helped
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Calypsoeclipse Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, I didn't know so many existed.
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may16pants Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
technically white is not allowed on a German shepherd so "White" is sadly not accepted (even though i love all whites and they are so beautiful) and neither is "Panda" as an official German shepherd even though it is produced they cant be entered in dog shows or be pure breds
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
I do believe I've already explained this in the graphic, may16pants

All of these dogs are genetically German Shepherds, regardless of whether the color is a fault and therefore disqualifies them from being entered in conformation shows or not. Solid white, pandas, blues, and livers all cannot be shown in conformation - but they *ARE* purebred German Shepherds and they can still compete in all other performance venues.

In Europe, the white German Shepherds are registered and shown as the White Swiss Shepherd Dog. White dogs were actually part of the foundation stock of the German Shepherd breed, but were excluded from the breed standard in Germany in 1933 because it was falsely believed that white was a dilution gene (it's actually a masking gene) and would be associated with health issues (it is not). The US followed suit on excluding the white dogs in 1958. In the US, white German Shepherds are recognized by the UKC as "White Shepherds", since 1999, and can compete in UKC conformation shows and performance events.

The panda coloration is a recent mutation similar to the white spotting gene found in other breeds of dog. You may note also that a small amount of white spotting, called "residual white" is allowed under the breed standard - it's commonly found in white spots on the chest or white toes, both of which are perfectly acceptable in the German Shepherd. The larger amount of white spotting in the panda dogs, called the Irish Spotting Pattern, is controlled by different alleles on the same locus as the "residual white." Genetically, the panda dogs are German Shepherds (and yes, they are purebred, not mixed) and can compete in all AKC events except conformation.

Remember that different (faulty or excluded) colors only exclude dogs from CONFORMATION shows, NOT from performance events and does not mean the dogs are not purebred.
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may16pants Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah ok i just wanted to make sure :D
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
You should see people flip out when I tell them there are black-and-tan Malinois. :D Yes, they're outside the standard but they ARE purebred and they do (genetically) come in that color.

Right now, there's some moron locally breeding "blue merle German Shepherds" by crossing in Aussies. He claims that "this is how all new colors are introduced into a breed." I'm not sure what drugs he's on...
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may16pants Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
lol XD
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TheMonsterYouCreated Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is this supposed to be all of the colors? 
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
This chart represents all of the colors of the German Shepherd Dog, but it does not represent all of the patterns. There's a separate chart for the patterns. You'll note also that it notes the sable, blue, and liver can have varying depths of the tan coloring, from a very light whitish-silver to a very deep, dark, red; and the panda can be tri-color or bi-color. It shows all the colors but not all the *shades* of color, if that makes sense?
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TheMonsterYouCreated Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I realize this sounds a bit rude... Definitely not meant that way ! 
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xLunastarx Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A bunch of your art work is for sale here: www.zazzle.com/german_shepherd…
It says the seller is abbyk9 www.zazzle.com/gifts?ch=abbyk9
Is that you? If not I'd contact the site and tell that the art is stolen.
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
That's my store. :) Well, my old store. But thanks for letting me know!
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PirraAiren Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013   General Artist
<font><font>Очень хорошо </font></font>:) (Smile) 
<font><font class="">Ещё серые ремённые были, занарно-чепрачные и просто занарные (когда волос наполовину окрашен в разные цвета) </font></font>
:) (Smile) 
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work & info :)
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DarkDetChris15 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing colors Love german shepherds.
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Frostfur77 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
My favs are sable and banda
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Frostfur77 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Cool! Great job!!! :-)
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Darkstar7016 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Student General Artist
They're all beautiful. I so badly want a German Shepherd. Preferably the black and red one. :) 
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TheWolvesVoice Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Love them all <3 I grew up with one and she passed on 5-4-13
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Stabilization Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Is there such thing as a blue and red shepherd?
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Theoretically, there should be - the tan coloring can be expressed dark reddish while the black pigment is expressed as blue. However, most of the dilutes tend to be light in color as well as pigment.
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Marethyn Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Nice! And informative too. Question though: are sables allowed to enter dog shows/competitions?? Or are they disqualified?
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Sables are most definitely allowed in the conformation rink, as are solid black dogs.

However, as the majority of solid black and sable dogs tend to come from working lines, as opposed to show lines, there are not a lot of them being shown in conformation in the AKC ring since the folks who own those lines tend to focus on actual working applications (Schutzhund, Ringsport, etc.) and not conformation.

These dogs also don't tend to do as well in the conformation ring as traditional black-and-tan dogs, largely because their conformation, being working Shepherds, is different from that currently preferred in the AKC ring. Their conformation is actually more correct than the ridiculousness that passes for show line Shepherds, but what the judges prefer wins. They tend to do well in the UKC (United Kennel Club) conformation ring, however.

Sables also present an additional challenge when showing them in conformation because of the banded nature of their fur. Because of the way the fur is colored, they tend to show more definition - which is great on a well-muscled dog. However, sables tend to show "skinny" if they're a healthy weight because their rib cage tends to be more defined. It's very easy for a sable to look underweight when he's actually a good weight just due to the coloration.
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Marethyn Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Ah, I see. Thanks alot for the info :)
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Kidia-Lust Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello!

It'd be my pleasure if you'd submit this to #German-ShepherdFans! We'd love to have your artwork, And we'd love to have you as a member!

Please consider this request.

Thank you for your time!
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KahlaWolf Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Makes me miss my GS. :C He was beautiful. </3
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Sabhira Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
GSDs are one of my favorite breeds. Never owned one but I find them pleasing to the eye. I never knew they came in so many colors!
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
GSDs are a lot of fun to own, but they're definitely a lot of work as well because they need tons of exercise and they're just so smart, they can be a challenge to train if you're a new owner. The only thing that kills me about them is the shedding. OMG. The hair is everywhere! (Which is one of the reasons I now have Malinois instead of Shepherds.)
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Sabhira Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I'd imagine. They're definitely too much dog for me.
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GermanShepherdD Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this.
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WoelfinNishi Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional
That is indeed very informative!! Instant fav and thankl you for going through the trouble to make such a sheet.

I have a question though, if that is okay.
Sometimes (though i have to admit I don't have a photo right now, sorry ^^; ) there are some shepherds, that are mainly black and tan, but appear to have some blue or grey tones at the edge of the two colors meeting each other. what category would they be in? still black and tan or blue and tan? or something else?
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Not a problem, I'm always happy to answer questions. :D

A dog that is black and tan but has "gray tones" along the edge of where the black and tan coloring meet is still a black and tan dog. The "gray tones" are usually lighter-colored, banded hairs that appear to be gray but really aren't - they're hairs with less black tipping. You can also sometimes see a lighter-colored stripe appear along the back, which is sometimes nicknamed a "bitch stripe" (although both males and females get it). Very normal.

There's no "partially blue" dog since the gene that causes the blue color affects all of the black pigment in the dog. (But you can get blues that are so dark blue, they're difficult to tell apart from a black/tan dog unless they're side-by-side.)
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WolfMoonWings Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A Panda Shepherd? Kewl. This is a great reference for coloring.
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
You're welcome. :D
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WolfMoonWings Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^-^
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Just want to know, why is it a bad thing to have liver/blue tan shepherds?
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Genetically, for a dog to appear a dilute color - blue or liver - the dog has to carry two copies of the recessive gene that causes this color. The gene can be carried by standard-colored parents or by dilute parents and passed on to the offspring, producing dilute pups if two copies of the gene are present.

The blue dilute has been studied more than the liver dilute, and researchers suggest that the gene responsible for the blue color is actually a mutation of the MLPH gene.

Anyway ... any time you talk about recessive genes and mutations, you tend to run into skin issues. Although many dilute German Shepherds *are* healthy dogs, there are a fair number among especially the blues that have skin issues, such as dry skin and brittle hair. The condition CDA (Color Dilution Alopecia) is a type of hairloss caused by the dilute gene that is found in both liver and blue dogs.

When you take two dilute dogs - such as two blues or two livers - and breed them together, your whole litter will be blues or livers because each puppy will have the recessive genes that will be expressed as the blue color. They also now have even more of a chance to have health issues because, again, this is a genetic mutation / dilution and genes do not affect just color. If, on the other hand, you were to breed a blue dog to a normal-colored dog that does not carry the blue gene, you'd get normal-colored puppies (only one copy of the gene that causes the blue color) but they would each carry the gene and, if bred to another dog that carries the gene, would again produce dilute pups.

Make sense?
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
I thought it had to do with health. Thanks.
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Not a problem. :)
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xCrea Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah, the more you know! :D Nice information!
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
:aww: Thank you.
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