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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-01-2012, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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Is he a sable?

Hey all, my family and I are picking up our new puppy mid february. We have put our deposit down on a sable male but I am a bit confused after seeing recent photos of him from the breeder. I know that sables go through lots of color changes especially through their first year of life but our little guy seems to be taking on the look of a "normal" black and tan. Please help! I'd appreciate any response, thanks!!


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He's a sable.

My pup at 4.5 or 5 weeks:

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Its possible the pup will be a patterned sable which means a saddle on the back basically. HOWEVER, if you went through a reputable breeder and told them what you were looking for in your pup personality and temperment wise, its also likely that the breeder is picking out the pup that best fits the personality and temperment requirements you laid out. Color should be the last thing you are looking for. Thats not to say you cant get the total package you want but that could take a while.

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What color are your puppy's parents?


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Okay i love this picture lol


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The 3rd pic doesn't look like the same puppy.

The first, second and last pics is definitely a dark sable. In the 3rd pic, that puppy looks black and tan. Could be a patterned sable though.

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The 3rd pic doesn't look like the same puppy.

The first, second and last pics is definitely a dark sable. In the 3rd pic, that puppy looks black and tan. Could be a patterned sable though.
I was thinking the same thing. Maybe they sent you a picture of the wrong puppy, lol.


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What color are your puppy's parents?
First picture is dad, second is mom.
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The 3rd pic doesn't look like the same puppy.

The first, second and last pics is definitely a dark sable. In the 3rd pic, that puppy looks black and tan. Could be a patterned sable though.

That is exactly what we thought, but she assured me they were they same puppy. She took him out of their little pen alone. We have yet to see him in person since the drive is about 4 hrs. I am sure the breeder knows what she is talking about but, that third picture threw us through a loop too...
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Its possible the pup will be a patterned sable which means a saddle on the back basically. HOWEVER, if you went through a reputable breeder and told them what you were looking for in your pup personality and temperment wise, its also likely that the breeder is picking out the pup that best fits the personality and temperment requirements you laid out. Color should be the last thing you are looking for. Thats not to say you cant get the total package you want but that could take a while.
Agreed. We definitely told her what we wanted and she had two that she thought would be best for us, one was a black and tan and the other a sable. We chose the sable because we think they are such a beautiful coloration. Either way, we will be happy I just wanted to get some opinions beings I don't know a ton about german shepherds. I'm doing my research though
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