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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-29-2009, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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melanoid gsd?

I took Dudley to the dog park this weekend and at one point, I saw another GSD puppy with its owner. Since Dudley is more playful with other GSDs, I took him over to say hi. About halfway there, the owner sees us and decides to meet us halfway and the following conversations ensues

Guy: Hey, what breed is your puppy? (seriously?!?)
Me: German Shepherd
Guy: Is he purebred?
Me: Yeah, yours too?
Guy: Yeah, what do they call that coat coloring? They have a name for it
Me: um, sable?
Guy: No, he's different from a sable. He has that coat that you see a lot of police dogs with. I think it's melanie, melanoid, something
Me: I've never heard of that
Guy: Yeah, he could be a great police dog, I can tell him from his coat and form.
Me: How do you know?
Guy: I'm a cop

yatta yatta yatta....What's a melanoid? And here's Dudley


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Re: melanoid gsd?

Did he mean Malinois? Which would be a type of dog, not a type of coat.

Great day for Point Isabel! We had plans in Mill Valley today and when we left our house it was 96 degrees, as we drove past PI it was only 71. A 20-25 minute drive and 25 degrees cooler! That's one reason we love it there - on the hottest days it's still usually very pleasant. Did you get him in the water?

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Re: melanoid gsd?

Didn't ask him what kind of cop did ya?

Other that the know-it-all (always a few), how did you like Pt Isabel? Looks like a good weather day out there.

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Re: melanoid gsd?

Look at the size of that noggin on Dudley. It looks like it's as big as the rest of his body. They look so goofy at that age. I've got a feeling you're going to have a big boy someday.
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Re: melanoid gsd?

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Guy: No, he's different from a sable. He has that coat that you see a lot of police dogs with. I think it's melanie, melanoid, something
Gotta love all the "experts" running around.

There's no such thing as what he is referring to. Dudley is a sable, plain and simple. And a beautiful one at that.

I'd bet the guy was thinking Malinois, which is a completely different breed altogether (and colored nothing like Dudley!)


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Re: melanoid gsd?

I asked if he is in the K-9 unit, but he's just a beat cop in SF. He says his puppy plays with the other dogs in the unit, but it's strange that he couldn't identify Dudley as a GSD right away.

Pt Isabel was great. We went on both Sat and Sun. Sat was very hot, but Sun had a cool breeze so it was perfect. I had Dudley on a leash for about 10 minutes, but eventually I let him loose so test him. He was perfect with his recalls! He would sometimes play with other dogs, but would run back if I was too far away. Everyone was very happy to see a puppy and the other dogs didn't mind his sniffing. Only saw about 5-6 GSDs total.

Of course, everyone had the same first comments - big ears, big feet, he's gonna be big

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Re: melanoid gsd?

What time were you guys there on Saturday? We got there somewhere between l:30 and 2:00 PM. We park near Mudpuppy's, and then walk along the water, turn in at the channel, and cross the footbridge to the other side. We usually swim the dogs on the far side of the area across the bridge where water access is easiest, although they usually hop into the channel a couple of times along the way. When the tide is all the way up the water is often too rough at the dog ramp, so they don't always go in there.

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Re: melanoid gsd?

Maybe he was referring to a "melanistic" sable?????

http://www.shawlein.com/The_Standard...&_Pigment.html

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Re: melanoid gsd?

Maybe he meant Melanistic? Which would be a blanket back with a lot of black extending down the legs. Melanin is the black pigment, and a melanistic describes a dog, or snake, or other animal that has a LOT of black pigmen on.

They Malinois and melanistic might just be terms he heard the other cops throw around and he confused the two.

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Re: melanoid gsd?

I have heard Melanistic being used for black sables, a "Melanistic" sable.
http://www.shawlein.com/The_Standard...&_Pigment.html

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