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                                       German Shepherd History

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No good dog is a bad color
~Max von Stephanitz - Founder of the German Shepherd Breed



Health and the Liver German Shepherd

Despite the color being considered a fault, there is no difference between a Liver GSD and any of the traditional colors. This is a hotly debated topic, and while I don't believe shepherds should be bred haphazardly, I don't feel that mere color should be considered a major fault.


Health and the Blue GSD

While the blue color is cosidered a fault, a German Shepherd with this gene is no different from traditional colors. Some breeds have issues with blue coat color. Doberman's, for instance, can suffer from Alopecia (loss of hair). But in GSD's the blue pigment will not affect their health.


Isabella Color German Shepherd

The Isabella is a much rarer color of German Shepherd. They are born fawn colored and carry two copies of the Blue recessive gene and two copies of the Liver gene, which are then expressed in their pigmentation.

They are genetically called "diluted livers" or "double dilutes." The Liver gene blocks all black pigmentation, so they appear brown. The Blue gene then dilutes the brown since there is no black pigmentation to dilute.

The Isabella color can be seen in many other breeds, including Border Collies, Chihuhuas, Dachshunds, Dobermans and Weimeraners.

 Piebald color German Shepherd

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     In the United States, the White German Shepherd appears throughout the history of the breed. Ann Tracy, owner of one of the first two German Shepherd champions on record in America, imported some of the finest German show stock to the USA, and white puppies showed up immediately in her litters. In 1917, the first White German Shepherds were registered with the American Kennel Club. In the 1920's H. N. Hanchett of Minnesota imported German-bred White German Shepherds. Some of the finest early German lines such as v. Oeringen, The Strong heart, Rin-Tin-Tin and Long Worth bloodlines frequently produced white dogs. 

     It was not until the 1930s that white dogs were discriminated against, after the death of Max Von Stephanitz (architect of the modern Shepherd), and increased with the rise of Hitler. During the 1960s as the White Shepherd grew ever more popular, friction developed between the breeders of the White German Shepherd and the breeders of the current standard colored German Shepherd. Genetic problems appearing in the breed were increasingly blamed on the White German Shepherd, and Germany began a campaign to outlaw the white color. Puppies born with the snow white coat were drowned, and records of their births destroyed. White Shepherds were held responsible for "fading" or "washing out" the darker dogs color. This point has been refuted innumerable times by leading breeders and geneticists. However in 1968, following Germanys lead, the White German Shepherd was disqualified from the conformation show ring in America. In 1980 the Canadian Kennel Club was petitioned by the German Shepherd dog Club of Canada to disqualify the white dogs from the show conformation show ring.

     However, in response to hundreds of letters, the CKC refused to disqualify the White German Shepherd, and the white dogs are still eligible for conformation competition in that country. 

     Other than color, the White German Shepherd does not differ substantially from the standard colored Shepherd. Color does not affect the dog's personality, temperament or train-ability. However, our Jamin Shepherds do differ from standards in some ways. Because of better care and feeding the natural tendency of the breed has been to grow larger than the standard, which was set at the early origins of the breed. At Jamin we allow this natural occurrence and do not purposely down size our dogs to maintain out dated standards. Many of our dogs grow to well over 28 inches at the shoulder and weights of 80 to 130 lbs. These are not over weight or disproportional dogs, but simply dogs who reflect better feeding and the best in modern care. We also are not breeding to promote the current tendency toward the exaggerated angulation or long hunched back so common in today's show ring. Instead we breed only dogs who have been certified sound in hips and health and proven stable in temperament and train-ability.

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History of German Shepherds


The German Shepherd is considered as one of the most elegant and noble breed of dogs. With its high pointing ears and shiny coats, the strong and agile appearance of these dogs are only preceded by their intelligence. These dogs learn quickly and will never forget what was taught to them. Because they are hardworking and active, German Shepherds are also praised for their capability to do work. But just where did this breed come from? And how did this breed attain the reputation that it has now?


During the mid-1800s, a group of dog breeders called the Phylax Society was formed in order to foster a local breed of dogs for the German nation. This group conducted discussions and experiments by mixing different breeds, hoping to arrive with an offspring that had the advantages of its parents. Unfortunately, the group did not last long and in 1894, the group disbanded. Though the Phylax Society was not successful for the creation of the current German Shepherds, the studies it conducted was able to give way for its creation.

By the end of the 19th century, a German captain named Max von Stephanitz, who is considered as the father of the breed, formed another group that aimed for the creation of the best breed of sheepdogs, from which arrived the modern-day German shepherds.

Though there were high risks in having defective offsprings, inbreeding was necessary to permanently fix the qualities during the early years of the German Shepherds. In order to keep the breed alive, Von Stephanitz had to find other uses for the breed aside from regular sheep herding. He soon realized that the abilities of the breed can be very helpful for government activities. During the two world wars, the German Shepherd has gained much praise from their owners for being a very brave and reliable companion in the field. It is for these reasons that the breed has become one of the most popular breeds in the world.

Name change

After the second world war, the name of the breed was changed for certain reasons. From the German Shepherd it became the Alsatian wolf dog which was named after the German-French border Alsace-Lorraine. But in 1977, the original name of the breed was returned and is currently used in most countries.

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