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Hi everyone!
I know this is one question that gets asked a lot, but I'm curios. I have an aproximately 14 weeks puppy, I got him from someone who couldn't tell me if he is a mix or pure. He is a rescue dog, and that's why I got him. When I got him, he was 8-10 weeks and looked cute, didn't look like a tan sable GSD (like he looks now, or at least I think). Seeing how he changed his coat, I wondered if he is a pure breed. When I got him, he was 8-9 pounds at 8-10 weeks old, you could see his ribs. Now, at 14 weeks he is over 17 pounds. He is still small, but he eats well. His ears show signs of going a little more up when he is concentrated on something than they were when I first got him. I just want to know what you think, I love him no matter what, but if he is a pure breed, I could learn more about german shepherds, what they need, how to train him. Thank you for your answers!

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He's got a sable coat.It will change colors a few times before he reaches adulthood. His ears will go up and down until they settle on a permanent position as he gets closer to one year old.He looks to be high content GSD to me:)
 

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That's what I thought, he's got a sable coat. If I brush his hair in the opposite direction, I can see on his shoulders, sides and the sides of his upper back legs - black hair underneath. High content GSD, that's what I should've said instead of pure breed. Thank you for your answer!
 

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This is one cute pup. (Do we ever say a pup is less than cute?) I am impressed that you are prioritizing care of your pup over spending money on a DNA test. Thanks for that. Time will tell or not how much he will look like a GSD when he is grown. (now there's an obvious statement for you!) I've had people question my obviously purebred GSD's lineage, too. There's a bit of variety in the breed - subtle and not so subtle. Coat length, coat color, ears up or not, body shape - etc. It will be fun to watch him mature.
 

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Thank you! I loved my dogs (had a Dalmatian in the mid 90's, a German Shorthaired Pointer in the early 2000's and a Dalmatian mix that I got from a shelter in 2010) and I love my puppy. I can't wait to go on awesome adventures together, car trips and do best friends stuff!
 

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He's a really cute pup but the only way to tell his breed is with a DNA test. He looks like there is a lot of German Shepherd there, so I would assume he has some, if not all, of the breed characteristics. Their coats change a lot as they grow so you kind of have to wait and see. But sables can be identified by looking closely at a single hair. If it's 2 or 3 different colors, that's a sable. Congratulations on your new puppy and welcome to the forum.
 

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He's a really cute pup but the only way to tell his breed is with a DNA test. He looks like there is a lot of German Shepherd there, so I would assume he has some, if not all, of the breed characteristics. Their coats change a lot as they grow so you kind of have to wait and see. But sables can be identified by looking closely at a single hair. If it's 2 or 3 different colors, that's a sable. Congratulations on your new puppy and welcome to the forum.
Thank you! Good to be here!
 
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