Alright, thank you. It just got confusing when people (even my trainer who trains K-9s) are telling me he's a mix because of the white. I love his look though!
Its payback. People who train K-9s often have or train sables or bi-colors, or blacks, and people constantly inform them that their dogs aren't purebred because they don't come in those colors.
Just because people are familiar with the dogs, doesn't mean they are familiar with all the lines and differences. GSDs come in a LOT of flavors, solid colors, paterns, sable, black and tan/red/silver/cream, bi-colors, dilutes. Some have drop-ears, some have happy tails, some are barrel chested, and some are slab sided. They have all gages of bone. Their are small ones, medium, large, and over-sized. They have straight back, and angulation. They have stock coats, some being skin tight, some with plenty of hair, some long coats, with or without undercoats. Some have penciling on their toes, rings around their tails, and tar-heels. There are reverse masks and missing saddles. Some have light eyes.
And the AKC gives you a big fat 000 for markings? Ah well, the AKC is an all-breed registry.
Having had a drop-ear'd bicolor as my first GSD, I could open an account at the bank if I got a nickel every time someone accused him of being a mix. That dog had a tiny white mark on his chest, and no bitch stripe or sabling around the neck, until he started getting grey.