Black German Shepherd Info, Traits and Behavior


Whether you’re here for great photos and videos of Black German Shepherds, or just want to know more about the Black German Shepherd dog breed, you’ve found what you’re looking for. First the info, and then for pics and video, just keep scrolling down!

Black German Shepherd Traits and Differences from Other German Shepherds

Black German Shepherds are beautiful animals, but are actually not significantly different from the standard tan & black ones seen more commonly, aside from their all-black coloring, of course.

German Shepherds across the board share many traits, whether black, white, or “police-dog-looking”.  Litter sizes are 5 to 10 puppies, and lifespan is 9 to 13 years. German Shepherds all share similar domed foreheads, square-cut muzzles with black noses, strong jaws, large erect ears, and intelligent, self-assured faces. Short and long-haired versions exist, and all German Shepherds possess a double coat.

Minor differences noted by some are size and posture. 60–65 cm (24–26 in) is the standard height (at the withers) of “normal” German Shepherds for males, and 55–60 cm (22–24 in) for the females of the breed. Black Shepherds often exceed these normals, and also may tend to have straighter backs.

Abilities of a Black German Shepherd Dog

Black Shepherds are highly trainable and have laser-focus and drive when properly led. This combined with their uniform appearance and confident posture, puts German Shepherds and Black German Shepherds near the top of the heap when it comes to jobs such as: disability aid dogs, police dogs, customs dogs, correctional services dogs, companion animals, obedience dogs; not to mention their farm-dog herding roots!

Are Black German Shepherds Rare?

The Black German Shepherd is of the Rarer German Shepherd colour variations, which include the sable, all-black, all-white, liver and blue varieties. According to most standards, the all-black and sable varieties of German Shepherd are acceptable members of the breed. The blue and liver colorings however, are considered to be serious faults, and all-white coloring, by some standards, is grounds for instant disqualification.

According to King Les the Lofty, who references the 2005 AKC Registration figures for GSDs(German Shepherd Dogs), 93.9% of German Shepherds were correctly coloured and 6.1% were “off coloured”.

The correctly colored Shepherds were colored as follows:
Saddle-Marked: 73.4%
Wolf-Sable: 12.2%
All Black German Shepherd:6.6%
Bi-Color: 1.4%

The Off-Colored Shepherds were colored in the following way:
Self-White: 5.7%
Blue: 0.3%
Liver: 0.1%

WHY are Black German Shepherds Rare?

Also according to King Les, possible reasons for rarity of certain patterns and colors in a breed are:
• The genes that cause them are semi-lethals, or at least deleterious. 
• The colour is unsuitable for the breed’s designed functions. 
• Fanciers do not like a color it, so avoid it. 
• A complicated polygenic synchronicity is required. 

Long story short, his money is on the 3rd option, but you can read his full theory if you like.

From Where and When did Black German Shepherds Come?

The Black German Shepherd dog breed came about originally in the 1850’s in the same way as all the rest of the breed. Farmers had begun breeding dogs for their ability to herd sheep and protect them from predators. Dogs with intelligence, speed, strength and a keen senses of smell were bred as breed standardization was beginning to come into practice across Europe. Their value in police and military work was discovered shortly thereafter.

Buying or Adopting a Black German Shepherd

If you really look around hard, you might find a person with black german shepherd puppies for sale, but you never really know what you’re getting unless you find yourself an actual breeder. The cost of a Black German Shepherd puppy can range anywhere from $500 to several thousand dollars, depending on your location and breeders in your area. Potential owners should only ever buy from a reputable breeder, and should observe and consider a puppy’s temperament, appearance, and health from day one (before purchasing).

People who are considering bringing a Black-or any-German Shepherd into their homes and lives should be aware that the breed is very loyal, but also a high-energy, high-intensity, duty-driven one; and should be very prepared to provide huge amounts of time and attention to the exercise and training of their dogs. These are dogs that were bred to work and run, and it’s important to allow them to do so while also exhibiting control over them, especially around other people and animals.

Lastly I have to mention of course, you can always adopt a dog from the Humane Society or a local shelter. Maybe you won’t find a purebred Black German Shepherd, but a dog in need of a home is a dog in need of a home 🙂

Black German Shepherd Photos

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a black german shepherd by water
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black german shepherd covered snow
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a playful black german shepher
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black german shepherd wet face
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