purebred blue german shepherd?

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  1. debu

    debu New Member

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    There is a service that has a "purebred blue german shepherd" up for adoption. Is this an actual breed, or do you think it's mixed with husky-like eyes? I'm considering going to see it, but it's a couple hours away, and I'd like to know if anyone knows this breed and/or temperment? I've owned a few shepherds throughout the years and would like to get another, but my girlfriend is scared of the husky eyes. In the pic the eyes look darker blue, but i'm afraid they go lighter and scare the hell out of my girl.. :rolleyes: google isn't helping, thanks for any info!
     
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    fennash Border Collie Lover

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    Hi,
    My brother has shepherds, he has 2 white ones (they look cream though) and a blue one. She is beautiful, the same sort of colour as a blue dane. She's is lovely dog with a typical shepard temprement. From what I can tell the are just normal shepards but a different colour.
    Good luck if you go to see it :)
    Lynn
     
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    Renee750il Felurian

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    The only way you're going to know what temperament the dog really has is to go meet the dog. The rescue should be able to tell you a good bit about this dog as well. Two hours isn't that long a drive, especially for a dog!

    It's much more important to look at any dog whose coloration may be the result of a mutation that has been "saved" and bred for on an individual basis, as the foremost consideration in the breeding of the lines has usually been coloration.
     
  4. debu

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    Yeah I agree driving two hours is nothing for a dog (I've driven a couple states). I've also owned two cream shepherds in the past and they both had great temparaments. I guess I was most curious about the eyes. My girfriend has some unreasonable phobia about the light eyes. In the picture I have of the pups they look darker blue, and I was curious if they may go lighter (like the opposite effect of human babies). I really have my hopes on the dog, but I also don't want to have to sleep in the dog house. Either way, there are tons of dogs in my immediate area that need to be rescued, I just want to find the right one. thanks!
     
  5. BigDog2191

    BigDog2191 Big German Shepherd

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    No, blue is a common color in Shepherds. Just like Black and Cream. I don't think there's anything to worry about.
     
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    Silly of me. How old is this dog? If it's a baby, they eyes will be blue but will change, usually to brown or hazel as the pup matures. If it's a nearly grown dog, they should stay as they are now. I've got to say I've never seen a blue-eyed German Shepherd, and truthfully, in all my years with German Shepherds I've never run into the term "blue" describing a common coat coloring before either.
     
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    BigDog2191 Big German Shepherd

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    You've never heard of blue and liver? It's not very common, but they're out there.
     
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    Love4Pits Playful Husky Pup

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    Yeah i have a book on German Shepherds and they don't list blue as a color so its probley something newly recongnized?
     
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    BigDog2191 Big German Shepherd

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    Blue and Liver is a color but not common at all... I don't think it's even accepted in the AKC.
     
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    I think I just read about this in my book. Blue is considered a "washed-out" color and is undesirable in a showdog. It is not an acceptable AKC color. I think they are beautiful personaly!

    Adrienne
     
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    schaferhund Deutscher Schaferhund

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    They do indeed have a blue shepherd. They are purebred shepherds, but the blue is considered a fault, as are the whites. They are absolutely gorgeous. I believe they can be registered with the AKC and can compete in events, such as obedience, agility, herding, etc. The only thing they cannot do is compete in conformation showing. As for the temperament, the color has nothing to do with it. The difference in temperament has to do more with the lines. There's the German lines and the American lines. The German lines tend to have alot more drive than the American Lines. It's all about preference. Both of our shepherds are from the German lines, but it makes no difference to us, we'll take either or.
     
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