Judging size by dogs seen locally is doing your dog a disservice. The second thing out of everyone's mouth on seeing my black guy (first is, of course, "What is he mixed with?") is that he is small for a shepherd. At 2 yrs. old he is within breed standard for height at 24.5" at the withers. Folks in the US are so indoctrinated to seeing what the pet market has done to shepherds = oversized saddlebacks.
I constantly get the same thing with Lyka because of her size. I’m not even sure if she pure GSD, she was being used in a shoddy BYB “program,” as a breeding bitch, and has no papers.
While researching breeders, we took our time. We waited a little over a year for the litter of the breeding pair we wanted, and that was because they said their pair breeds slightly smaller than standard GSD’s. I’d much rather have a 50lb GSD than a 100lb GSD. The dam flips between 45-50lbs, the sire maxes out at 70 when working. I was just saying odd, because I often hear that black GSD’s tend to run taller and morw bulky than their Black and Tan counterparts.
Lyka and Seiran both have straight backs. My Husky/GSD also has a straight back. We aren’t interest in the over sized dogs, which is why we were on the hunt for a reputable breeder not pushing the oversized, swayed back GSD.
I was in an auto accident 2 years ago that has left me completely numb on the right side of my body. It makes it difficult to handle even my small GSD and Husky on walks, so I only walk with my DH, and I focus more on training and agility, which doesn’t take as much use of my right side. A sable Shilo is my dream dog looks wise, but I would never purchase one, again because it’s more dog than I can handle.
, thanks for the info! I couldn’t seem to find anything as to why some have the white and some don’t.