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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-14-2008, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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Panda Shepherd?

I seen this site a while back and was totally shocked. These shepherds are referred to as Panda Shepherds, I'm assuming since they are spotted. I gotta admit, they are some very striking dogs! But, I was curious about what you all think about it.....any comments?

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Re: Panda Shepherd?

I personally don't like them.
I like my regular GSD.

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Re: Panda Shepherd?

the pups are cute but then all pups are, i prefer the standard sheps

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Re: Panda Shepherd?

Breeders who are breeding based on coat color aren't focusing on the important qualities, IMO.

These may be great dogs (temperament, health, and strucutre) I have no idea. But intentionally selecting dogs that have disqualifying faults and enhancing those faults doesn't seem like they have the best interest of the breed in mind.

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if i could i would own every different coated GSD there is...that would be a cool retirement dream lol

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Re: Panda Shepherd?

If you head down into the breeders section of the forum and search a while back, there's been some spirited discussion going on the "panda" shepherds.

I think it's great (and responsible) that they are studying what caused this kind of coloration to appear. But I think it's bad breeding practice to create this new "breed" by purposely breeding dogs that have a fault in regards to color. Sounds to me like the main purpose here is not improving or creating a breed, but making money by offering people a "rare" breed with "unusual" coloring.

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Re: Panda Shepherd?

They look like a mix between a blue heeler/border collie and gsd. I dont like them.

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Re: Panda Shepherd?

Can I ask why it matters what color they are breeding? I may come off the wrong way but in response to Lucas and Historian's post, who cares about their "color fault."

Who's to say its disqualifying? The AKC? Disqualifying for shows? Sure, but that's like 20% of the dog population. I'm sure these breeders and all their clients, don't care about shows or anything. So if the dog's have great health and temp, color means crap to me.

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Wrenny, because they are focusing on color, making it a priority, it means other, more crucial priorities do not get met. It is typical that when someone is riding the crest of a wave of trendy, hip popularity with a newfangled color-breed, they focus on 'the wow factor' to the extent that other things get less emphasis, such as working ability, health, and... hold onto your wallets.. temperament. Greeders cashing in on a trend-- designer dogs of any type-- often have their fame and wallets in mind, and not bettering a breed already beset with HUGE health and temperament problems, but create a teeny genepool of dogs that specificly are geared towards that wow factor as priority.

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Re: Panda Shepherd?

Personally I prefer the standard GSD, they are cute, but I'm not overly fond of the "white" face they have. I'll take my gorgeous black/tan faced GSD any day.
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