What makes black and red German Shepherds special?

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The first thing that comes to mind when you think of German Shepherds is probably a tan or mahogany German Shepherd dog. The black and red German Shepherd is less familiar. Show line red and black German Shepherds are a special and loveable breed for a reason.

Let’s read what makes them special and why you should get a red and black shepherd.

Working Line Vs. Show Line German Shepherds

The German Shepherd breed originated in Germany in 1899 and was bred mainly to herd and guard sheep. Over time, the dogs were bred to be kept as pets and show dogs because of how friendly they were and how easily they could be trained. There are two common lines of German Shepherds today, the work line and the show line.

The working line German Shepherd has a straight back and a more powerful and compact body and is hardworking with high energy. The show line German Shepherd has a sloped back, and a broader body and is generally friendlier and less intense. The show line is usually calmer and makes a great family pet.

How is the Showline Black and Red German Shepherd Special?

Black and red German Shepherds are intelligent, confident, brave, and friendly. They are very susceptible to training and are some of the most devoted, loyal, and loving dogs. Here are some of the things about the black and red German Shepherd that makes it so special:

  • Black and red German Shepherds are the most common shepherd dogs used as show dogs. They are obedient, easy to train, and enjoy training, games, obstacle courses, and more.
  • They are recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC), which is a registry of purebred dog pedigrees in the United States. Black and red German Shepherds are one of eleven different color variations recognized by the AKC.
  • The red color can vary quite a bit. Some dogs have tan and black coloring; you also see mahogany German Shepherds and those with darker red and black coloring.
  • The red-colored fur comes from a recessive gene. However, the red recessive gene is one of the least recessive genes for different fur colors, which is why black and red coloring is quite common.
  • Over time, as the dog gets older, its red color can fade to lighter mahogany or a tan color. This is because some dogs have the liver gene, which causes a brownish color to develop. Because of the presence of this gene, many dog breeders keep black and red German Shepherds separate from the brown or tan ones.
  • The dogs can have different coat lengths. The black and red long-haired German Shepherd is a sight to behold. Their coats can also be medium-length or short.

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