How to Tell If Your German Shepherd Is Purebred
If you’re thinking of owning a German Shepherd, one of the most important questions is, “How to tell if your German Shepherd is purebred?” This isn’t an easy question to answer because there are so many mixed breed dogs out there. These mixed breed dogs can have just as much in the way of temperament and history as purebred German Shepherd dogs. The only way to really know if your German Shepherd is purebred is to do an exhaustive search and to check breeders against dogs.
German Shepherds come in a variety of colors. There are even more rare all-white spotting German Shepherds. Some dogs are even referred to as white spotting German Shepards.
So, do purebred German Shepards have white on them as well? It’s probably not safe to assume that purebred German Shepards will have white spotting unless they have been bred with another dog who has white on their body and you’ve been able to eliminate other possible mixed breeders.
If you can’t find other purebred German Shepherd owners who may have their dogs checked, then it’s probably safe to assume that their dogs don’t have white marking on their bodies at all.
One of the ways to know if a German Shepherd is purebred is to visit a local kennel club breed standard.
The American Kennel Club breed standard is considered the ultimate guide when it comes to identifying purebred German Shepherd puppies and older dogs. It contains everything from the coat and eyes to the teeth and temperament. So, take a look at the breed standard for your German Shepherd and pay attention to the breed characteristics listed in the American Kennel Club standards.
Some purebred German Shepherd puppies will have white markings on their adult coats. It is really quite difficult to pinpoint which type of white marking a German Shepherd puppy has since most of their coats will be creamy white in color. Some of these white markings can be just a few shades darker than the rest of their coat.
It’s really hard to tell purebred German Shepards apart with just the adult coat color alone. Sometimes it’s best to see the adult coat when it’s a pup because the adult coat color will always be consistent with the other dog’s markings.
The other option to see if your German Shepherd is purebred is to look at the marking on the skull or “mark” in German Shepherd terminology.
This is called the Kachnar, which is only found on the skull and not on the other parts of the dog’s body. German Shepherd puppies will only have the Kachnar present if the parents both had it. It doesn’t mean that if one of the parents didn’t have the Kachnar that the other one won’t either. The Kachnar can actually mean several things in German Shepherd circles, depending on who you ask.
A purebred German Shepherd puppy will only get its white markings from two sources: either a parent that has the Kachnar gene or a random gene picked up in the dog’s mother before she was bred to a Shepherd. If you find a German Shepherd that has white markings on its adult coat from a parent that has the Kachnar gene, chances are that the dog is a purebred German Shepherd.
There is no other gene that can contribute to the white marking on the adult coat. So it’s pretty clear that this is the only way this particular dog has gotten its white markings. Other purebred German Shepherd parents don’t have the Kachnar gene, which means that their adult coats are completely colorless.
All-White Shepherds can be especially neat to look at, but they’re not considered to be show-quality dogs.
So while they can look really great, all-white shepherds don’t have anywhere near the popularity or financial potential of their show quality counterparts. But if you want an all-breed dog with white markings, then you may want to consider purchasing one of the many show-quality German Shepherd puppies that are available in the US and UK.
German Shepherd puppies will vary widely in terms of quality and price. While most are excellent with family and companion care, some of the more popular purebred German Shepherd dogs will only maintain a good temperament for a short amount of time.
They’ll be highly intelligent with a natural urge to please their owners, but they won’t do well in environments where large crowds are around. Purebred German Shepherds that have access to regular, positive socialization experiences will typically do very well in homes that work to correct the issues that cause aggressive behavior.