Types of German Shepherd

There are several German shepherd dogs’ variations; these dogs are commonly picked for so many purposes, this is a guideline to help you identify the difference among the many types of German shepherd

Generally, German shepherd dogs have two recognized types, known for their distinctive features as long coat or medium coat, light undercoat patterns, and tan and black or red and black colors. Blue, saddle coated and many others, but these other types of GSD`s, note their differences in their coat color and hair length. Here we`ll show you:

1-Saddle Back German shepherd:

One of the most commonly seen of all types, distinguished by their two-colored design, their most remarkable feature is the saddle on the back, providing them the look like a black blanket placed over a horseback, their hair color is either tan or red and with some black patches on the muzzle and also black strikes in the tail. These are the most accepted type of German shepherd in contests.

2-Solid Color German Shepherd

These GSD`s are not so often seen, also known as the blue, black or white coated, but other than the unusual coat color of these beautiful dogs, they should not have more different features over the other types of German shepherds. In competitions, the solid black GSD which owes their color because of a recessive gene is accepted but the Solid white which’s caused by a dominant gene, is most likely to get disqualified. 

3-Panda German Shepherd

Panda german shepherd dog

Among the uncommon type of German shepherds, the Panda GSD, owe their looks because of a genetic mutation which occurred in USA, not like what many think: a mixed breed. Their physical characteristics are a white coat over the abdomen and legs, displaying a black or tan blanket in the rest of their coat. These GSD´s are not so popular in the breeders’ community because their white coat is seen as controversial.  Their health is considered to be average.

4-Sable German Shepherd:

This type of German shepherd is classified inside the pure breed as the working bloodline. They show a variety of colors instead of the usual patches or saddle coat, normally change their color with the passing age and present several colors coat like tan, golden, grey and black. They owe their fascinating looks to a dominant gene, most frequent than other types of GSD.

5-Working lines:

Usually their body size it’s smaller contrasting with the other breeds, which makes them more athletic, they also have a straight back, mostly seen in solid black and black and tans colors. Don’t have as much health issues as the rest of the other types of German shepherd.


6-Show lines:

They have an impressive look, because of their body size; have a beautiful body frame, highly intelligent. Most indicated for family companions because of their reliable temper and obedience. Health issues are usual when they present a curved back.

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