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Old 05-19-2014, 10:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone, I'm just wondering if a German Shepherd Dog in the sable color way, would still grow really big, like a GSD in a saddle, or blanket back color way. Thanks!
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Sable is a color. It has nothing to do with the size of the dog. The only things that determine size are the size of the dogs behind a dog. So if a pups parents are both over 100lb, then your likelihood of getting a big dog is better than if they were both 75 lbs. color is irrelevant to their size.


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Sable is a color. It has nothing to do with the size of the dog. The only things that determine size are the size of the dogs behind a dog. So if a pups parents are both over 100lb, then your likelihood of getting a big dog is better than if they were both 75 lbs. color is irrelevant to their size.


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i would say if you never saw the parents and you just had to make a guess. a sable is more likely to have an immediate or at least recent lineage to working line than a common show line black and tan and might be slightly smaller than the oversized beast of the black and tan i usually see.

"Working dogs also tend to be smaller on average than what many members of the public consider to be 'normal' for German Shepherd Dog, which in fact means that they are closer to the breed standard. Many North American pet GSDs are in fact oversized, as are many dogs from both the American and German show lines." (Types of German Shepherds, by Wildhaus Kennels )
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Now you know that sable is a color, not a type. My sable shepherd, Pyrate, was 110 at his healthiest weight. His parents were 115 and 120 but I kept him at a lower weight on purpose as he had bad hips amongst many other health problems. My other girl, Raina, is at ideal weight at 89 pounds - right now we are dieting to lose 5 pounds she gained over the winter but I think she has about gotten back to her good weight of 89. Ideally check the blood lines of the sire and dam.
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i would say if you never saw the parents and you just had to make a guess. A sable is more likely to have an immediate or at least recent lineage to working line than a common show line black and tan and might be slightly smaller than the oversized beast of the black and tan i usually see.

"working dogs also tend to be smaller on average than what many members of the public consider to be 'normal' for german shepherd dog, which in fact means that they are closer to the breed standard. Many north american pet gsds are in fact oversized, as are many dogs from both the american and german show lines." (types of german shepherds, by wildhaus kennels )
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Hello everyone, I'm just wondering if a German Shepherd Dog in the sable color way, would still grow really big, like a GSD in a saddle, or blanket back color way. Thanks!
This is a breed that, in general, isn't going to get "really big"- regardless of color As others have said, the only way to get some idea is to look at the parents... but even then, nothing is set in stone. I have a male who is out of small parents and is a moose, and a female out of moderately sized parents and is a peanut.
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why would you want a "really big" german shepherd ?
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"Working dogs also tend to be smaller on average than what many members of the public consider to be 'normal' for German Shepherd Dog, which in fact means that they are closer to the breed standard. Many North American pet GSDs are in fact oversized, as are many dogs from both the American and German show lines." (Types of German Shepherds, by Wildhaus Kennels )

Ain't that the truth!
Apollo is a working German Shepherd, and I can't TELL you how many people come up to us and remark about how 'small he is for a shepherd!' And about how the one they used to have was so much bigger. No. He's actually breed standard size, and I happen to think he's perfect.

You should NOT be getting a German Shepherd (or any animal) for the sole expectation of having a big dog to impress people with. German Shepherds are loyal and hard working, and regardless of size, are fiercely protective of their families.
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