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silverseahorse 01-11-2014 08:52 PM

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Hello from Australia. I recently purchased a German Shepherd pup as a companion for my 10 month old German Shepherd x Husky. She is a pedigree puppy with both her parents being papered bicolour German Shepherds. The litter contained both bicoloured pups and 4 unusual champagne coloured pups. This was the first mating of these two parents. Both parents obviously must have the recessive masking gene to produce this result. Her other dogs apart from the bicolours are black/tan and sable. I purchased her at a reduced price since this was not the desired outcome from the breeding (but I'm more than happy with her). The parents are to be desexed because until now it was unknown that these dogs had the masking gene.

I just wanted to know any more information on this coloration. I know it is a variation of a white shepherd and I know it is a serious colour fault, but I don't know much more than that. Apart from her colour, she has fabulous hip/elbow scores and a wonderful nature.

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Jax08 01-11-2014 08:57 PM

Why spay/neuter both parents? Just don't breed them together again? Or do a DNA test on them to find out which one has the gene?

I know you don't know the answers and they aren't your dogs. My insane curiosity makes me ask these things!

onyx'girl 01-11-2014 09:00 PM

Pup looks like a cute coatie! Do you have newborn photo's? I'd like to see what the rest of the litter actually looked like at birth.

TaylorGSDT 01-11-2014 09:04 PM

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She looks like a smaller version of my Giselle!
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Ellie has that champagne color on her tail, her ears, slightly down her back, and on the backs of her legs.

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silverseahorse 01-11-2014 09:14 PM

I don't know why. I probably should have asked but didn't. I have baby pictures but not on my phone. The colour doesn't photograph brilliantly, but she is the colour of a golden retriever apart from a white tip on her tail. White german shepherds are not recognised in Australia. She can be recognised as a "Swiss Shepherd". It doesn't make any sense to me since she came from two german shepherds and she is classes as a swiss shepherd.

I was going to add some more pictures but my phone doesn't seem to want to cooperate. I'll get the laptop out later!

Zookeep 01-11-2014 09:39 PM


Originally Posted by silverseahorse (Post 4817474)
White german shepherds are not recognised in Australia. She can be recognised as a "Swiss Shepherd". It doesn't make any sense to me since she came from two german shepherds and she is classes as a swiss shepherd.

It doesn't make sense to a lot of people. Here is a 26 page thread on the topic:

Mts678 01-12-2014 03:16 AM

Champagne Shepherd
Looks like my girl!

Edit: I forgot to add that my pups parents were both Black and Tan but the dad had a white patch on his chest.

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silverseahorse 01-12-2014 04:26 AM

Beautiful! I love the "unique" colouration. I know it isn't "rare" and blah blah blah... But I think they are beautiful. I'm a little guarded because of a conversation I had on a breeding forum where I got lynched about the breed standard and how she has major faults. I am not planning on breeding her and her parents are screened/xrayed etc so what is supposed to happen to her? Cull a perfectly good puppy?! So I decided to join a GS forum and find some normal people :P

Xena9012 01-12-2014 04:36 AM

Hi from Australia too! Love the colour of your GSD. Who cares if she doesn't make standards, all that matters is that she is a beautiful dog.

silverseahorse 01-12-2014 04:59 AM

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Here is another pic :)

Nice to meet you Xena!

EDIT: hit the done key by mistake on my phone!

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