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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-15-2011, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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Explaination for Strange Coat Color

My knowledge in genetics is very limited but is something I have begun to research...

Anyway my mailman mentioned to me that there was another White GSD in the neighborhood and one day I noticed a parent picking up their child at my daughter's school with a WGSD in the truck. For a few weeks I could only see his head and shoulders, but today I got to see him completely.

His head/shoulders/legs are white but his entire back from neck down to tail, including tail are what looks to be sable. I grabbed for my phone to take a pic but left it on the counter

Any idea how this happens or if this happens on a regular basis?

*Explanation: just noticed it was spelled wrong.

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Something like that but lighter cream? And with extended saddle marking?
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Google panda shepherd. Maybe that's it? Or it's a mix.
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Nope, nothing like either links.
Picture a white GSD head and underneath/legs and normal black and tan on top.
Weird!

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I dunno.. but its still cute.. lmao panda GSD
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probably just faded pigment , colour paling.

a lot of the german show lines have a "bitch stripe" running down their back. This breaks through the black saddle and gives it a salt and pepper look, usually an indicator of color paling.
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Today he was in the truck again but could only see his head and shoulders

I may not describing him correctly but he could also be a mix as well I suppose....besides coloring he look PB.

But take a White German Shepherd and then just paint a wide stripe down his back that is black/tan. That is the only coloring on his body that is not white.

It was shockingly weird and now I need to flag the woman down so I can get a photo.

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Today he was in the truck again but could only see his head and shoulders

I may not describing him correctly but he could also be a mix as well I suppose....besides coloring he look PB.

But take a White German Shepherd and then just paint a wide stripe down his back that is black/tan. That is the only coloring on his body that is not white.

It was shockingly weird and now I need to flag the woman down so I can get a photo.
Maybe it's just a really odd effect of the white spotting gene (or piebald effect).

Definitely get a picture!

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Maybe it's just a really odd effect of the white spotting gene (or piebald effect).

Definitely get a picture!
Tomorrow morning I will be armed with my camera
Poor woman who owns the dog is going to surely think I am crazy!

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