He looks black and tan. Nice looking dog. I like his head.
He was mostly black from what I remember. He changed colors so many times until he eventually became lighter colored. He still has red coloring on the back of his head.looks like a patterned sable to me!! was he predominately black or brown as a puppy?
He is definitely a lighter patterned sable. My first GSD was a working line bitch with very similar coloring. Both of her parents were sable. I was told more than once that my dog was a faded black and tan (she could look that in photos where her saddle looked darker), but she was definitely sable. She did not have toe penciling or tar heels. I have another dog now with similar coloring (see my avatar). He is also sable, has a sable dam and black/red sire.