THE LOVELY BI-COLORED GSD!
Bi-Colored German Shepherd Dogs have two colors, BLACK and BROWN or GRAY or AGOUTI, (of one shade or another). Bi-Colored GSD do not have the 'saddle' markings. Bi-Colored Dogs are Mostly Black. In fact, the color used to be called, "Almost Black".
This is a photo of one of Tabaliah's Great x many Grand Sires from a few generations back in her pedigree (that goes all the way back to the 1800's when the Breed Began). Note how nicely and correctly this dog is built. Tabaliah's Sire is also Bi-Colored, but also has more brown coloring on his body and face. He is Lovely too!
Many people, that own GSD, wrongly call Bi-Colored Dogs, Black Dogs. They are NOT Black. Bi-Colored GSD have their own unique beautiful coloring.
What is really a SHAME! is that some 'GSD breeders', call their Bi-Colored GSD, Black. Some do this with Dark Agouti too.....they should not be breeding if they do not understand colors of the Breed....and I wonder, is part of it that they want to sell these colors to people as Black....
If a Black German Shepherd Dog has ANY Shade of Brown, Gray, Sable, in it's coat, usually the legs, it is a Bi-Colored Dog, NOT Black. Thus, these markings on GSD USED to be called, "Almost Black".
much more coming, new page.
BI COLORED GSD IN WHITE HOUSE
President John F. Kennedy and his family had many pets in the White House, one was a Bi-Colored German Shepherd Dog named Clipper.
In the photo of Clipper standing, you can see he is a pup with nice markings.
The Kennedy's were also Equestrians. Did you know that Caroline had a pony named, Macaroni!? In old Kennedy Home Movies, Newsreels, and Photos you will often see their GSD, Clipper, running with them as they rode their Horses and Ponies.
JFK Jr. also owned GSD in later years.
Our own Bi-Colored GSD Dogs as puppies. Tychicus and Tabaliah, out socializing, working on "sit-stay", in December of 2016 at Runnings in Belle Fourche, SD.
WHY SABLE, BLACK AND ALMOST BLACK/BI-COLORED GSD ARE MORE COMMON TODAY
Have you noticed that there are more and more Sable, Black and Bi-Colored GSD out and about today? Do you know why that is true?
You could say that these 'colored dogs' Saved The Breed! That is, the lines they came from. The Working Lines!
For years the Conformational Show Ring dogs ruined the breed. That is, what Judges were looking for inside the Show Ring. Those extended and roached backs, back legs spread out so far back the hips took a hit with Hip Displasia. I say again, THANK GOD THAT THE JUDGES WERE RE EDUCATED ABOUT THE STANDARD FOR THE BREED!
So where would one begin to fix that genetic mess they created? Using Working GSD of course. The White GSD and the Working Lines did NOT go for the dogs that had these problems. They stayed closer to the Standard for the Breed.
Working Lines of GSD tend to have more Sables, Blacks and Bi-Colored Dogs. Those colors are also very rich. By using these dogs to improve the Breed as a whole, the colors came with it.
Photo of our own dog, Tychicus, at 5 months old. He is the son of Titus and Turquoise.
The contents of this page for Bi-Colored GSD is still under construction. Please check back later!
-- The Working German Shepherd Dogs Team
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:09:50 -0500