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I was looking over the PDB forums and saw a post about a solid black WGSL from Russia. She was a beauty, but it has me a tad confused. Are there really solid black ones? I know there are obviously in the WL GSD's, but this is the first I have heard of this in WGSL's. Does anyone want to fill me in? :D Thanks!
 

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Can't answer the question, however, check this dog out: V Voodoo Hartis Bohemia - German Shepherd Dog

He is a working line dog but I have heard that he is being crossed onto showlines. Not really sure what is the desired end result but I think it is possible for blacks to show up in the genetics if dogs like this are being introduced to the lines.
 

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That is sort of my question. Are the solid black pure WGSL or have the had WL mixed into them. I don't know much about genetics or the black gene. But I am intrigued by this for some reason.
 

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There are solid black show dogs. Unfortunately the rave is black and red - has been for years. For some reason (?), solid black show dogs are looked favorably upon. They just don't fit the cookie cutter mentality. Go figure.
 

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Yeah, that's the discussion about the elusive dominant black gene. Black is recessive in GSDs but there are rumors about a line of Show Line dogs out of Eastern Europe that carry a dominant black gene. There's good evidence for it, but I think the person on the thread you're talking about may be about to get scammed.
 

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I am going to be honest Emoore, I tried to follow the current thread, but gave up Way over my head! I saw that they had posted that female from Russia...was someone thinking about purchasing it?
 

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I am curious to see how that plays out.... I think it has a 30+ page PDB thread written all over it :)
 

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I was at an AKC show years ago and there was a solid black ASL dog, which I'd never seen before or since. Gorgeous dog! I haven't seen a black German showline dog before.
 

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I had a solid black GSD growing up that I am pretty sure was ASL. It was long coat. Breeder's name was Ransom I believe and kennel name was Black Shadow Shepherds. I can't find any information on him though. This was probably 17 years ago now
 

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Yes, there are dogs that are pretty much all German show line bloodlines who are solid black. I'm about 95% sure that these dogs have the dominant black gene.

The dominant black gene was deliberately eliminated (or mostly eliminated) from the GSD breed to help preserve the sable and saddle/black-tan color and pattern. The gene for solid black is in a different location (K locus) than the genes for sable/saddle/recessive black (agouti locus) and it "overrules" whatever agouti information the dog may carry. So a dominant black dog only needs to have 1 gene for black present to produce solid black puppies from any GSD it is mated with. It is also possible for a dog to have the dominant black gene and to have the recessive black gene.

Although these solid black conformation dogs are generally quite attractive, the question is: What are we going to do if the dominant black gene becomes common again in the breed?

Nowadays, it is possible to test for the dominant black gene--I think people would start demanding DNA tests on any black dog.

A dog with the dominant black color -- you don't know what sort of mask or what color their tan is; do they have the gene for the fading saddle? Well if you breed that black dog and some of the puppies are solid black and the rest have no mask or almost no saddle, you're SOL if you wanted to show those black/tan puppies. We all have seen the desire to have strongly pigmented black-red dogs--this dominant black gene hides that pattern, so you don't know what you're breeding. And unlike the recessive black gene that generally extends the coverage of the black areas on a sable or saddle patterned dog, the dominant black gene doesn't have any effect as far as improving the pigment of any puppies that do not inherit the dominant black gene (that is, the pups will either be solid black or will have no effect whatsoever from the parent's dominant black gene--because if they aren't black, they didn't get the gene).

Hope that makes some sense! :)
 

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That is very helpful Christine! I love all of your explanations! So do you think there are still dogs out there with the dominant black gene? i am going to be honest, I think they are beautiful, but I completely understand (now) why you wouldn't want to purposely breed for it. Although to be honest I love all of the GSD's, but when I get a pup it will be a standard WGSL :)
 

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There have been solid black lines in the AS world in years past. Maur Ray and Bauerinoff, are a few off the top of my head. I don't believe in breeding for any color exclusively, but the issues that may come with the gene being dominat won't affect work or health no more than some of the other breeding schemes.
 

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Cliff is right -- the black gene is *just* a color--doesn't affect temperament or health or anything other than appearance.

(But we all know how much we care about how our dogs look! It's one of the reasons we have GSDs!)

I *do* think the dominant gene is still around--whether it was reintroduced by an "oops" breeding to some Belgian sheepdog or whether it has stuck around hiding among the black recessives for the past 100 years. I think it is very, very rare and that the Russian show breeders are actively breeding for it and promoting it (and their dogs are beautiful) and selling their dogs abroad--and we may see it spread throughout the world all going back to one solid black bitch. It will be interesting to see the situation in 10 years, after another 3-5 generations of showline breeding of dominant blacks....
 

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some of those dominant black may be melanistic black and tans -- on very close examination the only tan may be a thin line of a few hairs with "other colour" on the back of the legs, between the toes -- I had one -- Linda and I had hours and hours of discussions about this .
 

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well - historically the old timers would say there were sable dogs and black dogs -- and the black was brought in by the Wurttembergers . I don't know ? how immediate does a recessive need to be to express itself. This pedigree after all does have Bodo Lierberg who represents the Wurttembergers .
Also there is a lot of information missing on the pedigree -- and -- we have to take a pedigree on trust that information is true and accurate.
 

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My black GSD even has large black "freckles" on his tongue. These are called "points." He comes from the Car Policia line and exhibits the expected very high prey drive. Great temperment and exceptional intelligent. He has been a great addition to our Sable and Black boy. He sure does get noticed frequently too.
 
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