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German Shepherd Patterns by MauserGirl German Shepherd Patterns 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 include the panda pattern
(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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Niur-Tarow Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for this guide.  It is very helpful. :)
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016
:) Thank you.
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necerae Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
I'm a little lost here, how can I get a copy of this and a couple others to put on my website? I tried copying and pasting the link, but it just put the link on my website. Then I tried putting the picture its self on there and it went on there but thats not what you want right? you want somehow to link it back to you. So how do I do that? Must admit, amateur web novice here!
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
Hi necerae - Here's how you can use the image on your website:

(1) Download the image from here. (Right click, save to your computer.)
(2) Upload the image to your website.
(3) Underneath the image, add "© Dogs for Defense K-9 - www.dfdk9.com"
(4) Make www.dfdk9.com a link people can click to go to my page.

As long as it says with the image that it's copyrighted and there's a working link to my page, you're good to go. :)
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may16pants Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
technically it is unacceptable to have white on a German shepherd and panda is not considered a "German shepherd" but i love your art of them ^-^ :D
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Edited Jan 5, 2015
Make sure to check out my chart showing German Shepherd Colors, since it's meant to go along with this chart showing patterns. Even though white spotting isn't "acceptable" (just like solid white dogs, blues, and livers are not acceptable), it's found in the breed. Genetically, both white and panda dogs are German Shepherds - but they're registered as the White Swiss Shepherd Dog and the Panda Shepherd, respectively.
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may16pants Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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xAcidicCanine Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
I dig the panda version SO badly
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TheWolvesVoice Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Mine is the saddle
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skitz0r Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
We had a black Shepherd named Shaco when I was a kid, it died when it was about 14 years old by stomach cancer. I have seen many Shepherds since, but never anyone so beautiful, polite and nice as he was. He never jumped or did anything "wrong" and where only aggressive against other aggressive male dogs. He always followed me around, as if he guarded me of whatever dangers I could get me in.
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Ekaitzin Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
This is amazingly awesome. I might get a black shepherd and name it Avalon.
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
:)
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Ekaitzin Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
I love shepherds. They are awesome and my dog is part shepherd.
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Mutt-Lii Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
My Malcom is of Czech lines :) He has the Bi color features like tar heels and toe penciling, except he has a tan belly and some tan marks on his chest and tan eyebrows. Great diagrams you made here :) If I see your images anywhere on the internet I will let you know.
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
:D Thank you - and yes, if you see them somewhere, please let me know. (Unless you see them on Zazzle, I have a store there.)
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ShikaShikaa Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You forgot albino/white German Shepherd
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
No, I didn't. :D

This chart only shows the different patterns of German Shepherd Dogs, not the colors. There is a separate color chart in my gallery that shows all of the colors. White is a solid pattern, just like black. This chart looked better with the black dog to represent the solid color. (Note that the text above the solid colored dog does mention whites.)

Also, white German Shepherds are NOT albinos and there is no such thing as an albino Shepherd. Albinism affects all of the dog - an albino dog would have light eyes and pink nose leather and flews. The gene that causes the white color in German Shepherds is a masking gene - it causes all the fur to be expressed as white, even if the underlying genotype of the dog is black/tan, sable, bi-color. White Shepherds have black nose leather and dark eyes.
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ShikaShikaa Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, there is. I have seen albino shepherds before. They do exist in ever species and type. and I didnt see the words because the words are way to small on the chart.
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
I'll change the font of the small text. Maybe that will make it more legible.
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Can you provide me with a picture of these "albino" Shepherds? I have owned and trained Shepherds for years and worked with many different Shepherd rescues doing pulls from shelters, transports, fostering, etc. and have never, ever, seen an "albino" German Shepherd, not even in a photograph.

I have seen LOTS of white German Shepherds - which are NOT albinos - and I have seen many dogs where the owners claimed the dog is an "albino Shepherd" when, in fact, the dog was Shepherd x Husky and had inherited the light-colored nose and blue eyes of the Husky parent.

As a matter of fact, geneticists believe that there is no such thing as a true albino in dogs. A true albino is a dog that has two copies of the recessive gene on the C locus. Those dogs would have pink skin, pink noses, and pink eyes.

Incomplete/semi-albinos have pink noses and blue eyes - however, because there is no mutation on the C locus in those dogs, the lack of pigment isn't caused by albinism but by a different genetic makeup. In white Dobermans - which are very often falsely referred to as albino Dobermans - the pigment is extremely diluted. Their genetic makeup causes eumelanin and phaeomelanin to be very light. This is also a recessive gene and it is similar to albinism, but these are also not, genetically, albino dogs.
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Forwardess Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nah. This particular piece is specifically patterns rather than color variations. White would fall under "solid".
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Seri-goyle Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
This one is more difficult for me to read than the other, particularly the words in quotations. I don't know why, but it may be my CRT monitor.
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
I apologize if it's difficult to read. It was originally created specifically for printing (the original is humongeous) and doesn't display as well in the smaller size. I tried to make it as big as possible in hopes that people would be able to read it, though.
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