A solid black GSD is a very acceptable color in the German Shepherd Dog breed, but not seen as often as their sable or saddle back counterparts.
Visually very striking, black German Shepherd dogs are seldom solid. Most black German Shepherds dogs have a few tan hairs between their toes or around the rectal area, underneath the tail.
The basic body color is controlled by the genes. In Germany a Solid Black German Shepherd is referred to as "Lacquer Blacks".
Primarily I think this is reference to the way in which the light reflects off their beautiful black coats - especially when they are well groomed and have that healthy shiny black coat gleam - just like in the finest hair shampoo commercial you've ever seen.
Black, just like in a solid white GSD, is a recessive gene that can be hidden for several generations before making an appearance. Solid black is recessive to both agouti and two-tone patterned dogs. Both parents must carry the gene to produce solid black puppies.
Please keep in mind that the color of the German Shepherd is in itself not important and has no effect on the character of the dog or on its fitness for work. For that reason coat color is trivial and it should be a secondary consideration when choosing a new German Shepherd companion.
I have owned a black German Shepherd in the past - a beautiful black female German Shepherd and I can tell you they are simply stunning when well groomed. Do you own a black GSD?
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Our Black German Shepherd, Sonny Boy
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Meet Our Black German Shepherd Nero
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We Love Our Black German Shepherd, Ray
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Our Black German Shepherd is a Work in Progress!
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Willow The Adventurous Black GSD
Willow is now 4 months old and growing so quick! We have had her since she was 9 weeks old, and she has gone from being a shy cautious puppy to an adorable …
My Black German Shepherd Male, Mac
I really enjoy the site! Attached are pictures of my two year old male, Mac. Mac was a handful for the first year, but has since gone on …
Riley the Black Bastard Not rated yet
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My German Shepherd Bonny Not rated yet
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Dax, Our Solid Black Male GSD Not rated yet
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My black 14 month old GSD, Dallas Not rated yet
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Below find a few pictures representative of the traditional solid black German Shepherd Dog. Thanks to all our readers who have shared photos and stories of their dogs with us all! We do appreciate it and please keep them coming our way!
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