What Makes Black German Shepherds So Unique?
by Katlyn Hibbert

The Black German Shepherd is a striking dog, bred for herding and companionship. They are similar to the ordinary German Shepherd, but it is not just the coloring that sets this breed apart. There are many other differences that makes this dog unique. The German Shepherd is ranked number two in popularity of dog breeds in the U.S., according to the American Kennel Club. Look out for them at the Dallas Pet Expo, and if you are bringing your own Black Shepherd don’t forget to enter them for one of the many paw-some classes.

Unique Coloring

German Shepherds come in many different color variations. This is due to different genetic mutations. In the Black Shepherd, it is a recessive gene that has mutated, this is what makes the breed so rare. Both mother and father need to have a copy of the recessive black gene in order to produce a Black Shepherd puppy. This means that it is entirely possible for ordinary German Shepherds to have a black puppy in their litter. The coat of the Black Shepherd is generally straighter and shorter, although they still have the skirting and feathering of the fur.

Size and stature

The Black German Shepherd is actually bigger than its standard counterpart. The males are generally between 24 and 26 inches in height, weighing between 65 and 80 pounds. The females are between 22 and 24 inches in height, weight between 50 and 75 pounds. Due to their increased size, the Black Shepherds also need to consume more calories. They will require 20 calories per pound of bodyweight, per day. Better bulk buy the dog biscuits whilst you’re at the Expo.

Exercise requirements

The Black Shepherd is an extremely intelligent and active dog that will benefit from some good training and obedience classes. They like to be mentally stimulated and enjoy varied walks and plenty of games. Black Shepherd will need at least an hour of walking every day. They make the ideal running partner and will happily trot along if you’re going out on a leisurely bike ride. Their fondness for exercise and activity is why the breed are favored as service dogs by the police.

Body Shape

The German Shepherd typically has a distinctive curved back. This means that the dog’s knee and hip joints are closer to the ground, putting their health at risk. It puts strain on the dog’s hindquarters and can lead to problems with the back legs, particularly later in life. The Black Shepherd has a straighter back and is less likely to have the common health difficulties typically seen in the breed such as hip dysplasia, back stiffness and spinal cord disease.

Buying a Black German Shepherd

Because they are rare, it generally costs more to purchase a Black Shepherd, than an ordinary one. For an ordinary Shepherd, puppies sell for between $200-$700. For a Black Shepherd, you can expect to pay up to $2,000.

Whilst you are visiting the Dallas Pet Expo, see if you can spot a rare Black German Shepherd. These amazing dogs are incredibly unique and make particularly special companions.