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The Whisperer - 2009-05-19
Socialization is a must, the more positive experiences around different people, different animals, sights, noises, etc that a GSD puppy experiences as he grows up, the more confident and stable in temperament that dog will be.

Obedience training is also a must. A GSD is much like a smart 3-year old child, he will test you to see what he can get away with and push you as far as you let him. Positive consistent obedience training until a dog reliably and quickly obeys you, will help you and your dog form a good master=dog bond, can PREVENT many problems from occurring and in some cases may even save your dog's life. Once you've lived with a well-trained dog, you will never want to live with an untrained dog again!!!
A GSD NEEDS things such as obedience exercises to learn and do, to keep him from getting bored. A bored dog, especially one used to doing as it pleases, is likely to wreak havoc on its environment as it digs, howls, barks, chews things up, and engages in other undesirable behaviors to relieve its boredom.


GSDs come in a variety of colors and patterns. The dominant pattern for distribution of the black markings over the red/tan/cream/silver ground color of the GSD, is the agouti (called sable in the USA and grau or gray in Germany=neither which correctly describes the pattern). Second to agouti is the two-tone pattern with the two colors, the ground color and the black markings being fairly clearly divided (the familiar black and tan dog is of this pattern). Third comes the darker dogs, blankets and bicolors (for which there is no standardized degree of black, thus what different people claim is a blanket or a bi, may differ from others opinions of what constitutes a blanket or bi. Most recessive in this series is the solid black which frequently isn't actually solid black but shows hints of ground color, often called shadings or bleedthrough, in the lower legs, inside of the hindlegs, and around the anus.

The ground colors are red/tan/cream and silver, with variations in intensity and clarity. Puppies ground colors are usually muddied, with grayish tinges, and intensify and get clearer as the puppy grows. The marking color is usually black, although there are two different recessive dilutions, liver and blue. Liver or blue merely changes the black pigment on a GSD to blue or liver.

An agouti/sable puppy is born fairly dark, then the black tipping fades until the puppy at 7 to 8 weeks of age is a dull grayish tan with very little black on it. The black tipping comes back in and the puppy darkens again at around 4 months of age. There is another stage at around 7 months of age where the black tipping in an agouti/sable puppy fades again, but the second fading of the black is much less obvious than the first one. After that the puppy's color will get richer and darker and as an adult the puppy will overall be approximately as dark as he was as a newborn. There is also some minor seasonal variation in the appearance of the black tipping. An agouti/sable may appear lighter in overall color in the winter when he has a lot of undercoat, and darker in the summer when all that light undercoat has shed out!

A two-tone puppy is born much darker than he will be as an adult. As the puppy grows, the ground color (red/tan/cream/silver) steadily spreads upward and outward. Thus, a puppy that is destined to be a saddle black and tan adult, will be quite dark with the black color extending to the elbows and will steadily keep getting lighter in appearance until he reaches his adult saddle pattern.

White is on a totally separate locus. A white GSD is a GSD of any of the possible agouti series colors/pattern combinations from agouti/sable to solid black, that has its pattern and colors masked by the white gene, just as if you would drop a white sheet over the dog. White dogs whose ground colors are genetically reds or rich tans, tend to have reddish, orangish, etc tinges in their coats. Whiter whites are usually genetically creams and silvers (ground colors are what affects the degree of white in a white dog, not the black marking color/pattern)

Mutations in colors/patterns are always possible in the GSD, just as they are in any species. Recent color/pattern mutations include the Panda shepherd, a mutation for large white markings and sometimes change of eye color to blue and also at least two instances, one positively confirmed by DNA, of spontaneous mutation of ground color to brindle.

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Lee - 2012-10-29
I want to know if the Snow Shepherd and White German Shepherd is the same breed?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-29
    Yes, they are the same breed and frequently called a white snow german shepherd.  It is a reference to the color - not the breed. Actually white was one of the orignal colors of the breed.  They are gorgeous.
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jesse - 2009-09-21
I love these dogs. I have 1 that is really active. He can jump about 4 foot high. His name is charlie.

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  • Leila - 2011-08-17
    A neighbour of mine had a collie also and she used to love to play fetch with sticks. You just had to pick up a stick for her to get ready to aim! She was a real peoples dog and never bothered with other dogs. She had blue eyes.
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David B - 2008-07-17
When I was growing up we had a border collie because my grandfather used them on his horse ranch and they were my father's favorite dog. The dogs name was Tippy and I must say, they are the smartest dog in the world! He was a great family dog, very protective (I have 2 brothers and 1 sister) and was very good at understanding what was going on in humans heads. He always understood what you wanted and was more than willing to do it! I will never forget that dog.

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lauren - 2013-01-23
I love animals.

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Anonymous - 2009-04-20
I love these dogs. They are the smartest dog I've ever seen. They are also extremely active. They will try to herd everything and everyone. Mine herd everything from our ducks and chickens to my thoroughbreds. I couldn't imagine a better dog breed.

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vicky - 2011-02-08
Hello I am looking to give a forever home to a old english sheep dog free to good home. He/she would have lots of walks love and attention.


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  • Tracey Walsh - 2011-03-10
    I was curious if you were still looking for a home for your Old English Sheep dog. I have a 6 year old OES and would love to add another to our family.
    Thank you,
    Tracey Walsh
  • Jennifer Elliott - 2011-06-24
    Where do you live? Jenny
  • Jodie - 2011-08-15
    Where do you live? We are breeders and often rehome dogs in which we are retiring from breeding, or have decided not to breed. We may have a 3 year old female available.
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Jen - 2012-09-22
Vaccinations do not cover Heartworm - they only cover the Parvo virus, Hepititis, Distemper & Kennel Cough (aka Canine Cough). For protection against Heartworm you would have needed a monthly chew eg Interceptor or Sentinel, Topical Treatment eg Advocate or a yearly injection called 'Proheart' your Vet should have explained all this information to you. Sorry for your loss.

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AP - 2013-02-08
I have had two ACD's and they have been such wonderful pets that I don't think that I will ever feel right if my home is without one.  We are a multi-dog household and my Heelers are friendly with the other dogs, children in the house and with us.    One of my heelers was so friendly once that he sat down in the 'Pet me' position in front of a guest at my home, was patient but finally licked  him in a friendly gesture to say, Hey!  Pet ME!  Unfortunatly, the guest was not a dog person so this was a bit disconcerting. However, the Heeler just took this all in stride.



They are very active, highly intelligent, confident dogs. The Frisbee idea is a good one as are nice walks.  This is a friendly, happy fellow.  I am surprised to see the comments about nipping kids or not liking other dogs. That has not been my experience with either of my Blue Heelers.  In fact, when we take our current one out, particularly to the pet store for treats, people ask us if we don't adopt him, can they?  Well.....he still comes home with us.

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Tristan - 2012-12-29
I bought my 3rd german shepherd.His mom was quite small about 17-18 inches but the dad was 24-26 inches,how big would the puupy be?

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