Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Outer Banks, NC
Setting the Record Straight
I'm not sure if anyone cares since this thread is quite old...however..
I am the photographer who took these images of Sako. I have not read every page in this discussion, however he is 100% German Shepherd.
I've seen both parents (one is american lines-white, the other is german- black). The parents have papers (although of course that does not mean they should be bred. All puppies from the litters were sable and ranged from silver to cream/tan. Only when the "breeders" had to replace one of the parents did the female produce any pure white pups. Note: these people were BYB. They LOVED the breed, and had been breeding their dogs for years. However, the dogs were oversized, not to standard, and the pups were not given the attention/socialization/training that most reputable breeders would give their litters. None of the dogs produced exhibited a black mask. The masking around the eyes was predominant in some pups and not quite as striking in others. It just depended.
At any rate, Sako had a very high (ball) drive, was loyal, protective, and a big ol' goofball. He was my dog's absolute best bud until he passed away.