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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-18-2019, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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Black German Shepherd with white paws?

Hi all! I have a 3 month old German Shepherd puppy. His Brother and sisters were the classic black and tan. But him, as you can see, is black with white paws and a white chest. He's so cute to me I had to get him. He's a good boy and though it does not matter, do you think he is not pure bred? Is this normal? or even rare? Would apppreciate any feedback! Thanks yall!
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-19-2019, 12:11 AM
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I got my first dog, at age 10, from a shelter. He looked a lot like your puppy with white paw tips and a white marking on his chest. I was told he was a GSD and Lab mix. I could tell when he got older that she wasn't pure GSD because he was a bit shorter in length and a bit bulkier in stature. And we didn't have DNA testing back then, so I guess I'll never know for sure what the mix was. But he was an AWESOME dog who was with me for 12 years! Congratulations on your puppy, he's adorable!

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To the OP, yup PB GSD. My bi-color looks like a black dog that ran through the bleach & then maybe was really just a plush toy and her stuffing is leaking through the center seam on her chest. The white may be a little less pronounced as he gets older. White spots aren't desirable in the conformation ring. He's one heck of a cute pup. Congrats.
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-19-2019, 09:42 AM
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Hi there! A lot of black purebreds that I have seen from even registered breeders start with a white spot on the chest. But your pup being a few months old already and having the white especially on the paws with, likely is a mix of some sort. Lab? Possibly border collie? I see speckles of black mixed in with the white on the paws. Either way.... he’s gorgeous!!
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Some dogs regularly produce pups with white on the chest, which usually diminishes at least somewhat with age, and some also produce the white tipped paws. As mentioned above, a fault in the show ring only. He is a very nice looking pup and I would not be at all concerned that he is not purebred if you got him from a reputable breeder. I know of one male that produced several pups with those markings recently with a female that had never had pups with white, so it happens.

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Yes looks like a purebred german Shepherd puppy to me and a beautiful one. White patches and toes are not uncommon.


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Looks like a GSD to me, NOT rare and not something that should be bred for but it does happen.
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German Shepherds can have white on them but that amount is pretty excessive. GSDs have what is called residual white and not genetic. Usually on the chest and feet because the pigment develops there last prior to birth.

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Yours looks like he has a breed in there that has the spotting gene. But I know of litter with a puppy who was white up to the first joint and I KNOW they are purebred and well bred.





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I think one of the Blackthorn dogs has white toes.

Nope a Wolfstraum dog. Cute little white toes. I have seen lots of them but doubt anyone is going to question that one.

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My 7 month old has white on her chest. So does her father.
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