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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-22-2009, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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Is this still black and tan?

This is Dexter, and the closest picture of a "stack" we have. We rescued him as a pup around 3 months and now here he is at 12 months. He has changed so much as he has grown. We don't know his lines or anything, and I am afraid i don't even know what color he is anymore Any comments welcomed


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Yep he is a black and tan.


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What a handsome boy. Thank you for giving this special boy a good home. Great looking black and tan, saddle backed boy.

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Re: Is this still black and tan?

black/tan saddle back, not american show lines he has a straight back. nice looking boy

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Re: Is this still black and tan?

Ah so it has a name "Saddle back". Its nice to know. When i run into knowledgeable shepherd owner and they ask me about his lines or his angulation or something else breed standard, I have no idea what there talking about. I appreciate the help from the experts, always learning over here.

I gueese i was wondering about that salt and pepper thing he has on his back, my grandma describes it saying "are you sure you didn't run a paint brush down his back" That threw me off with his color, I saw a post a while back with a dog with the salt and pepper back that was considered "sable", so wanted to check to make sure i knew what color he was. Im such a novice in this section. Thanks for the comments, and a little insight to my rescue, he is a handsome devil (the devil part is right hehe)
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Re: Is this still black and tan?

The salt and pepper on his shoulders and back is called a "bitch stripe", though it's not limited to bitches and males get it too. It is a very common marking on black and tans and typically becomes more prominent as the dog ages.


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Re: Is this still black and tan?

the term "bitch stripe" is So appropriate for him!
He only had one testicle drop (cypr..something forgot the SP) the DH and I kinda joked about him being "half a man" (the vet too!!)

Thank you for helping me understand a little bit more about my baby.
Anyone want to take a stab at his lines?

I know it may be impossible to tell from a picture, and it shouldn't matter, but it would be really nice to know. There are many breed/line stereotypes (American lines are more mellow better pets/ German working /Czech lines have tons of energy, drive ect....) It would be nice to know if i survived raising a German line pup or if he is American lines to imagine what it would be like to have a working line pup, just always looking for understanding and more knowledge, so I can be the best I can be for my dogs
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Re: Is this still black and tan?

Cryptorchid is the word you're looking for :-)

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Re: Is this still black and tan?

Handsome boy!

He doesn't look american lines to me, possibly west german working. He stands very straight like a working line dog. He's not angulated in his rear legs like a showline dog. He also doesn't have the hump on his neck that I see in a lot of american line dogs.

Do you have any head on pictures of him?

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This cracks me up becuase my female has similar markings and she changes every season. Her bitch stripe now covers her sides so I never know what she is, people who see her in person - some say B & T, some say Gold sable.

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