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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-21-2017, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Full breed ?

I'm getting a German shepherd puppy today but im wondering if the dad is a full breed German shepherd or not. If so what line of German shepherd would he be?(working, show, etc)?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-21-2017, 04:04 PM
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Just by going on the photo, he looks purebred. Do you have a reason to think he might not be?

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It's just that I've never seen a German shepherd with his colorway and also the mom was a white shepherd does this still mean the puppy's at pure breed?
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It's difficult to say what lines the father is without seeing a stacked photo, or knowing his pedigree. However, that colouration is more typical of either a German working line or possibly a German show line. The show lines are mostly blanket backs, with less black on them than the above dog, but they have the deep red colouring he shows on his legs and face.

A white shepherd crossed with the above dog means the breeder is almost certainly a back yard breeder. A conscientious breeder almost never mixes unrelated lines like that, as they will be breeding for a certain goal, and that can only be done if you have studied your chosen line of shepherd in great depth.

White shepherds, if purebred, are a bit different from other lines. They have a more square body shape, less angulation, and are more show dogs than working dogs, though some breeders do put working titles on their dogs.

Here's a link to one breeder that's close to me: Hoofprint & Lynsdens

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Is that necessarily a bad thing? Will the puppy not be a typical gs? Will it be unhealther then other gs?
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Not necessarily less healthy. Reputable breeders aside from knowing and testing their lines will health test for elbows, hip, and dm. Going the byb route can be a bit more risky as usually little to no health testing is done.
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Also, a BYB may not pay much attention to temperament. Did you meet both the parents? How did they react to you?

Before you take the pup home ask if the parents have had any health testing, and if they and the pups have been wormed and vaccinated. the most common tests done on GSDs are hip and elbow x-rays and testing to see if they carry the DM gene (though people are coming to doubt the value of that test, as there seems to be more than one form of this disease.)

Ask to see proof of the above.
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When I saw the parents they were barking and being protective of the house and puppy's but that could be a lack of socialization couldn't it? They definitely weren't friendly German shepherds but does that mean that the puppy's when they get older will be like that too?
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When I saw the parents they were barking and being protective of the house and puppy's

That's what a good German shepherd is supposed to do. They are bred to have a strong protective instinct and be wary of strangers.

Have you done your homework on the breed? Please read the breed standard:

American breed standard: Information about the German Shepherd Dog and German Shepherd Puppies including the German Shepherd Breed Standard

German standard: http://www.fci.be/Nomenclature/Standards/166g01-en.pdf
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My 11 month old male who is 3/4 ddr / 1/4 czech has this coloring,,black and red...looks purebred to me...have fun with your new puppy

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