Puppy mills and rare colors in German Shepherds

By Abhai Kaul.

Greed is a global phenomenon, its not just restricted to the States. Its often the case when you have a breed that is so popular with worldwide acclaim like the German Shepherd Dog, you will have unscrupulous people trying to make a quick buck, preying on unsuspecting people.

The Breed Standard is essentially a blueprint that outlines the ideal characteristics of a particular breed, in this case, the German Shepherd. It covers everything from physical attributes to temperament, ensuring that the breed’s integrity and purpose are preserved. As a responsible breeder, you must always adhere to these standards because they’re crucial in maintaining the health, functionality, and distinctive qualities of the German Shepherd breed.

Now, when it comes to puppy mills selling white, blue, liver and brindle dogs as rare German Shepherds, it is deeply concerning. The German Shepherd breed standard, as established by the FCI and SV, does not recognize these colors as acceptable within the breed. The breed’s coat colors are primarily black and brown, sable, or solid black. This is because the breed’s historical and functional qualities are rooted in its traditional colors.

Puppy mills, unfortunately, prioritize profit over the welfare of the dogs they produce. They often disregard the breed standard and sound breeding practices in favor of producing puppies as quickly and cheaply as possible. Selling white and brindle dogs as “rare” German Shepherds is not only misleading but also undermines the breed’s heritage and health. These dogs might not possess the desirable traits that are associated with German Shepherds bred responsibly, which can lead to temperament issues and health problems.

White German Shepherds, for example, are more prone to certain genetic health issues, including deafness and skin problems. Breeding for brindle coats can also lead to a range of health concerns, as it’s not a naturally occurring color in German Shepherds. Reputable breeders aim to prioritize the health, temperament, and overall well-being of the dogs they produce, rather than simply capitalizing on unusual colors to attract buyers.

It’s important for potential puppy buyers to be aware of these issues and to seek out breeders who prioritize the breed’s standard, health, and temperament. Supporting responsible breeders who follow ethical practices helps ensure that the German Shepherd breed maintains its integrity and continues to be the loyal, intelligent, and versatile working dog it’s known to be.

‘Panda’ color is not in the Breed Standard.

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