What do you know about Blue German Shepherds? Did you know they existed before reading this article? If so, how much did you know about them? The good news is we’ve gone out and found 5 little known secrets, facts and information to excite even the most knowledgeable German Shepherd fans 🙂
Blue German Shepherd: 7 Secrets, Facts and Information Revealed
Blue coats and fur occurs in most breeds of dogs, and can be more common in the herding breeds like Great Danes and Border Collies. There is always alot of intrigue in these types of dogs, and a bit of confusion too. This is what you should know about the Blue German Shepherd:
1) What is a Blue or Sable German Shepherd, and What Do They Look Like in Appearance?
Blue German Shepherds are a color variation of the German Shepherd dog breed. They have blue coloring to their coats/fur and eyes, and tend to come in three main blue color variations:
- Blue and Tan
- Blue and Sable. Sable is a dark brown, almost black shade of color.
- Blue and Black. These GSDs have a steel blue appearance – a blueish grey.
2) What Causes a Blue German Shepherd, and Where Do They Come From/What is their History?
German Shepherds have two types of genes, or alleles, that determine their color and appearance.
Firstly, they have the color type gene, which gives the available colors of the fur. Secondly, they have the markings or fur pattern gene which determines the distribution of the color across the fur on the body i.e. whether a GSD (German Shepherd Dog) is born a solid color, or bi color etc.
White and Black German Shepherds receive their coloring when the recessive white or black color gene is passed down to the puppy from a parent. Other colors in the genetic material are not affected.
Blue German Shepherds and Liver German Shepherds are created when the double blue or liver recessive gene is passed to the puppy. But, the difference is that in Blue German Shepherds the blue gene dilutes/partially blocks the other color, usually black. In Liver German Shepherds, the liver gene blocks the black color gene altogether.
This means in a Blue German Shepherd’s coat, any black pigmentation/coloring will be be much lighter. No black pigmentation will appear at all in a Liver German Shepherd.
3) What Do Blue German Shepherd Puppies Look Like?
The dilution or or blocking of other colors in a Blue German Shepherd puppy occurs mainly in the coat, nose leather, foot pads, eye rims, and lips. And of course, their eyes.
Below is a good description of Blue German Shepherd puppy eye color by Bluedogs.8m.com:
“Most Blue German Shepherds have lighter colored eyes, including but not limited to, yellow, amber, and varying shades of light brown. When puppies first open their eyes they are colored blue. This is due to a protective film nature provides. Blue colored German Shepherd puppies often retain this blue eye color 8-10 weeks after birth which is much longer than a puppy not affected by this dilution gene.”
Of course, you can have a look at photos of Blue German Shepherds and Blue German Shepherd Puppies below –
4) Blue German Shepherds and the AKC: Standards and Conformance
The AKC (American Kennel Club) has their own standard when it comes to German Shepherds. According to this standard, Blue German Shepherds in color are considered serious faults in an appearance based dog show:
“The German Shepherd Dog varies in color, and most colors are permissible. Strong rich colors are preferred. Pale, washed-out colors and blues or livers are serious faults. A white dog must be disqualified.”
5) Do Blue German Shepherd Have Health, Intelligence, Working Ability or Temperament Problems Caused By Their Color?
In short, no.
Once again, Bluedogs.8m.com does a great job clearing this up:
“The coat color is simply that. A color. It has no effect on intelligence, temperament, or working ability. As of now, no evidence exists that these coat colors affect their health in any way. It is true that other breeds have problems with blue coat colors; Dobermans are a good example and can often suffer from skin problems like Alopecia. This however, is not the case in the German Shepherd breed.”
6) Where Can I Find Breeders and Blue German Shepherd for Sale?
Have you looked for Blue German Shepherd Puppies for sale in Michigan or NC, or another US State? What about international readers – looked for Blue German Shepherds for sale, and breeders in the UK? Or, maybe you are based in Australia or Canada.
Regardless of what state or country you live in, the best way to find a Blue German Shepherd, or any German Shepherd, is to get in contact with your country’s official dog association or club. They should be able to refer you to a list of respected breeders and rescue organisations.
For US residents, that association is the American Kennel Club.
For UK residents, TheKennelClub.org.uk has full lists of breeders, rescues and so on.
Canadian residents can start at The Canadian Kennel Club.
**Note the above is not a comprehensive list of trusted associations or clubs, just a selection. Other well researched clubs and associations who follow regulations and rules would also be able to refer you.
Private breeders are generally not recommended unless the breeder has comprehensive documentation to support their breeding program including health checks and history of the dog, breeding practices and other relevant information made available by respected and trusted breeders and rescue organisations.
7) Blue German Shepherd: What’s The Price/How Much Do They Cost?
There is no doubt that Blue German Shepherds are rare and uncommon. They generally come out of designer or specialty breeding programs, or sometimes come out randomly in litters of regular breeding programs.
What you pay for your Blue German Shepherd will depend on the morals of the breeder, and how much they perceive these dogs to be worth – which varies breeder to breeder.
For comparisons sake, you will be looking at paying around $300-$2500 USD or more for an average GSD puppy from a respected breeder. This price increases for high pedigree and show dogs.
Use the average price as a measuring stick, and only pay what you are comfortable and able to pay.
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