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"what kind of dog is that"

I dont know if this happens to you guys with coated pups, or black gsds, or even sables, anything that's not 'black and tan', but do you ever get those people that act like your dog is NOT a gsd even though you tell them it definitely is?

Here's Lara:


VERY GSD looking in my opinion, just long coat. I have her pedigree, she is DEFINITELY 100 PERCENT GSD. But I cannot count how many times in the 3 weeks I have had her people have either said "are you sure that's not a mix?" "Isn't she a belgian?" "that looks like a chow mix" "did you actually get her from a breeder?"

...I explain to them that long coat gsds definitely do exist, it's a recessive gene so its less common, but they still give me the "I think someone gave you a load of bs that is not a gsd" look. Gah!

People with all black gsds have told me they get the same thing, so, am I just around a group of people that are gsd ignorant, or do you guys get this too?


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Ooh and no offense meant by the "anything that is not black and tan" just usually people don't have near as much trouble identifying a black and tan/reddish short stock coat gsd, it just seems like the other variations that throw em for a loop


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While I completely agree with this, I just want to say that I have had at least two people argue with me about my black and tan, stating he didn't have the coloring of a GSD. I honestly couldn't believe it. These people supposedly used to "raise" shepherds.
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Try owning a sable long haired GSD. I get the most interesting questions when people see him.

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Try owning a sable long haired GSD. I get the most interesting questions when people see him.
We get this with Ranger. He's a sable and his coat is kind of long, (not entirely sure yet myself) whatever it is, it confuses people as to what breed he is.They see our females and say those are german shepherds, but what is that one.
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I get that ALL THE TIME, lol. I've had a few people know that he was a GSD though. One guy at a pet store was surprised when I said he was a GSD, he said but he has so much black on him...

A lot of people seem to get thrown off because he's so dark and because he's a long coat... I've been getting asked more and more if he's a Belgian Shepherd.

One lady thought he was a Rottweiler mix, really??

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If I had a nickel......

"Is that a King Shepherd?"
"Is that one of them Belgians?"
"Are you sure he's a German Shepherd?"


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I get that ALL THE TIME, lol. I've had a few people know that he was a GSD though. One guy at a pet store was surprised when I said he was a GSD, he said but he has so much black on him...

A lot of people seem to get thrown off because he's so dark and because he's a long coat... I've been getting asked more and more if he's a Belgian Shepherd.

One lady thought he was a Rottweiler mix, really??
I had a very old gentleman approach me in a store and say "German, right?" When I figured out he was talking about Rocket I said yes. He then said "I was in WWII. I haven't seen one like that since then when I was there. He's beautiful" then proceeded to pet him a bit. It touched me, even if they're not as uncommon as he thought.

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Like I said in another thread the other day.... Anyone who's dog doesn't look like Rin Tin Tin will get people insisting its a mix. And anyone who's dog looks like Rin Tin Tin will get people insisting its a mix.

I have a sable and a LC, and oh yea I hear it all. Neither are purebred


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I had a very old gentleman approach me in a store and say "German, right?" When I figured out he was talking about Rocket I said yes. He then said "I was in WWII. I haven't seen one like that since then when I was there. He's beautiful" then proceeded to pet him a bit. It touched me, even if they're not as uncommon as he thought.
Awww! He must have a lot of interesting stories he could tell.

I would have been slightly confused at first since I'm half German.

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