German Shepard Variations
Location: Outside U.S.
Date: Winter 2009-2010
What are all the different colors a German shepherd can have?
This seems like a simple question - yet for German Shepherds it is not
so easy to answer because they can be many colors! They can range
from solid black to the more common black, tan and white that many
people are familiar with, to completely white. The founder of the
breed, Max von Stephanitz, has been quoted as saying "No good dog is a
Although they come in many colors, completely white shepherds are not
allowed to compete in dog shows in the US, although they are in the
UK. German Shepherds whose noses are not completely black are also
disqualified from the show ring and dogs with blue, liver or other
pale colors in their coats are also not ranked highly.
A good place to go and look for information about dog breeds is the
site of the American Kennel Club (www.akc.org). There are also
websites for a number of German Shepherd specialty groups that will
show you pictures of beautiful dogs of all shades!
Thanks for your interest in dogs! I hope that you have lots of
chances to enjoy being around these wonderful animals!
Laura Hungerford, DVM, MPH, PhD
University of Maryland
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