Sigh. Again. With the belated post….really?!?! Sorry guys, you’ll have to love me through it. Apparently any time I announce I am going to feature another item from the gift basket, I have something going on that delays me from blogging…but this something is very exciting. More on that on Sunday.
Anyways, back to the subject at hand: Unusual colorations.
I’ve told you all about White German Shepherds (and have some news coming up on that front as well), but do you know how many different colors are possible within the German Shepherd’s genes? Not all of them are show friendly, and some are discouraged, but these are also possible:
As you can see from the chart, there are many different mutations, diluted coloration, and masking genes within the German Shepherd Dog breed that don’t adhere to the typical coloration options you see–I cannot speak to the health of any of these colorations besides what I’ve seen in Arie, though I can say that you should never breed a dog just for coloration–there’s so much more that goes into that than just a pretty coat.
Though White German Shepherds are starting to become more prominent because of their recent positive press with movies and starlets, they are still considered a rare breed (they’re even included in the American Rare Breed Association) and a rare coat coloration for the GSD.