white-muzzled gsd, or possible mix

by bill pia
(norwich, ct)

maxwell in 20

maxwell in 20

Attached is a photo of our three year old maxwell we rescued. i recently watched your youtube video on gsd coats and colors and also searched photos online, yet have not run across any photos of a gsd w/ a white face such as our maxwell.


his papers say he's purebred, but again, i've never seen one like him. I was just wondering if you've ever come across coloring like this in gsd's or if he's truly a mix.

Regardless, he's a great dog and wouldn't trade him for the world. size-wise, he's 105 lbs, and stands about 27" from floor to shoulder.


Total German Shepherd:


It's kind of hard to tell from the picture since he's in the snow and he is a ways away from the camera but from what I can see I can tell you that I've never seen a white muzzled GSD quite colored up like your Maxwell before - except in much older, senior German Shepherds, and even then they have the black muzzle colors underneath and it's obvious that it is an older GSD with a graying mask.

Now white color in German Shepherds can crop up from time to time - and in strange places on an otherwise "colored" German Shepherd Dog (not a white GSD). I have seen "normal colored" GSDs with white paws, tail tips, in patches on the chest and belly, etc - even one time as a blaze on the face - so I can't say that this isn't a possibility. Just unique in your boy.

And that's not to say that he might be a mix too - I can't tell you that for sure. But I can't say that having a white muzzle showing up on a otherwise "regular colored" German Shepherd is totally out of the question either - because there are always chances - and genetics are terribly complex and a little mischevious too sometimes.

So wacky things like a GSD with a white muzzle, not something you see everyday but not totally impossible either. So enjoy your uniquely marked Maxwell, he's a handsome fella - and you can truly say that he is "one-of-a-kind" too!

Comments for white-muzzled gsd, or possible mix

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Sep 05, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Definitely Mixed
by: Anonymous

you can tell by looking at his face and muzzle.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to GSD Questions Form.

Sign up for promotions, news, discounts, and the chance to win prizes for you and your German Shepherd

E-mail Address
First Name
Then

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you German Shepherds Rule.

300 x 250

 

Thank you for this web site. Very informative and well written. I often advise my shepherd people to visit here for information. Again GREAT JOB.
Laura Page Warden

What a fabulous website!!! I really enjoyed reading about the history of the dogs. There is a ton of helpful information on here and defiantly something for every reader to enjoy!!!
Misty Weaver

Recently got a GSD again. Last time had GSD no internet etc. Cant believe how much info for free. Kenneth

I love and appreciate the helpful advice I found on your website!
Rachelle