I know it has been a while since this was posted but curious if you ended up getting a pup with the white paws and if it indeed ended up fading away (and if so at what age)? We are looking at a litter right now and also came across very similar issue (pic attached) and not sure what to do...Hello,
This is a litter we saw on the weekend of Purebred German Shepherd Dog puppies. I was a little surprised by the white paws and wonder if this happens often and will it fade or change to tan when the mature coat comes in.
We don't intend to show the dog but are paying top price and I would like a GSD that looks like a classic Shepherd.
Is the amount of white typical? should I be concerned?
thanks in advance.
I see this is from 30 days ago but this is not correct. The white on the paws and chest is called residual white. The paws and chest are the last place to develop melanin in utero. It's not a fault. As far as anyone knows, there is not genetic component and German Shepherds do not have the spotting gene. It has nothing to do with the masking gene that causes white German Shepherds. That gene covers the genetic color with white. The dog is genetically a color (sable, black/tan/black) but the gene masks the color.White Markings
White Markings, chest, toes, tail tips, ARE UNDESIRABLE In the GSD. White color should only be on White Shepherd Dogs. Read the Standard for the Breed. White Markings often 'show' a Breeding Fault. White toes and on the chest can and often does mean that the dog carries the White Gene. Many times when two dogs that carry the White Gene are bred together, white puppies can be within the litter. Each of the puppies from this litter will also be White Gene Carriers. For the entire litter to be White, usually, both parents need to be white.