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Sable German Shepherd — The Complete Guide

Staci
Jul 9 ·

Although German shepherds come in many color variants, when people think of the breed, they usually think of the classic sable German Shepherd color. These dogs are beautiful, with each hair sporting a black tip, and they usually present as black and brown dogs — though there are variations even within sable dogs.

Because sable is a dominant gene, they’re easy to breed for. That means the good news is, it’s not hard to find one to buy. However, there are some things you should be aware of about the breed. As with anything, you should always do your research before committing. Meet Django…

Where To Get A Sable German Shepherd

You should always be prepared to spend time looking for a good breeder. Good breeds will register their dogs with the AKC. That way, you know the dog is purebred. They’ll also health-check their dogs and be open to questions, because they’ll want to make sure their puppies are going to a good home too.

Many people are tempted to buy puppies from breeders on Craigslist, who seem to be selling dogs for a fraction of the price. You should avoid these. If someone is selling a puppy for very little money, it’s because that puppy didn’t cost much to raise. That means the pup likely hasn’t been socialized, vaccinated, or raised in a very good environment.

Red flags to watch out for when it comes to backyard breeders include:

  • Not willing to let you visit the home and want to meet in a neutral location to give you the puppy
  • Won’t let you meet the parents when you ask
  • Doesn’t draw up a contract including a spay/neuter clause
  • No proof of the puppy being vaccinated

The Cost

Sable German shepherds can cost anywhere between $800 and $1500. From show lines, the price could be higher.

If you manage to find one in a breed-specific rescue, you’ll likely find it’s a few hundred dollars even to adopt an adult. Shelters sometimes have puppies, but they tend to disappear quickly so if you want to adopt, you’ll have to stay on top of things and be prepared to wait a long time.

Many shelters have alert lists you can sign up for. This is Steel.

Appearance

German shepherds are medium-large dogs that can weigh anywhere between 65-90lb. They can have short or long coats, and although the sable comes in a variety of colors, they most often present as black and tan.

Temperament

German shepherds have high exercise needs. If you’re going to be gone all day at work during the week, considering hiring a dog walker to make sure your dog is having their needs met. They’re very active dogs and need a lot of physical and mental stimulation — otherwise, you might come home one day to your house being ruined!

They also have high training needs. You need to be on top of a German shepherd’s training from the start. They can become very protective of their family to a detrimental degree, so you need to socialize them early and make sure they’re exposed to a whole variety of people. People should always mean good things for them, so have friends and family come armed with treats!

However, if you can exercise them well and stay on top of their training needs, this breed makes a truly wonderful pet. There’s a reason they’re used as working dogs a lot — they’re highly loyal and intelligent, and will truly make a great dog if their owner is willing to put in the work. The beautiful Layla…

Diet

Never feed your dog a grain-free diet, as this has been linked to heart disease. With this in mind, search for high-quality kibbles if you plan on feeding your dog dry food. You may also want to consider feeding your dog a brand that has a food formulated specifically for large breed dogs, such as Purina.

Some people choose to feed their dog a raw diet, which is also fine. Never attempt to come up with a raw diet by yourself, however, as dogs do have nutritional needs that you may not be aware of if you’re not an expert. There are many subscription services that can offer a good-quality raw diet.

Sable German Shepherd Veterinary Needs

As with any puppy, your sable German shepherd will need shots every three weeks until they’re around eighteen weeks old. This will protect them from major diseases such as parvovirus and distemper. Until then, they shouldn’t be in places where other dogs have been, which may mean keeping them inside — depending on where you live and the parvovirus risk in your area.

After that, they’ll need check-ups every year to get their booster shots and check on their physical condition. German shepherds are a healthy breed, but can be prone to hip dysplasia, so it’s important to keep up with their vet visits.

This is Zeus…

Grooming

if you have a short-haired German shepherd, your grooming needs will be more low-maintenance. You’ll have to cut their nails every couple of months (either using clippers or filing them down using a Dremel).  You will also have to brush/bathe them every now and again. However they don’t need as much as a long coat.

Longer coats will need to be brushed as much as every day during shedding season and will need occasional Hygenic trims. You don’t, however, need to shave your dog in summer. It’s a common belief that it makes them more comfortable. It actually doesn’t, and their coat may never grow back the same.

So, if you want a sable German shepherd, awesome! They make truly great pets. You just have to stay on top of their training and exercise needs to get the most out of their loyalty and mitigate any guarding issues when it comes to their family. Be prepared to do your research, especially if you’re a first-time owner — but if you do, you’ll have a great dog for life.

Sable German Shepherd Photos

Bronn.

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Duke

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Charlie…

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As you can see one of the most stunning fogs our there. Just gorgeous.

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Staci
Staci is a writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. When not writing, she spends most of her time trying to keep up with her four rescue cats and Australian shepherd puppy.
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