Black German Shepherd! Many of us when hearing the name, come along with a lot of myths that aren’t true. For example, some people think that this type of German shepherds are hybrid, or they have some different ancestors, sharing different genetics and characteristics etc.
Because of some simple facts that are clearly apparent such as fully black color and their slightly large size as compared to the standard German shepherd breed. Many of other variations can be a reason for this misunderstanding. Such as their temperament and habits.
Moreover, the high trainability skills and their obedience make them exceptional among other dogs, which makes these dogs quite loving when we talk about family things.
However, we are here to clear out some of the myths as well as to give you some useful information about that particular breed if you are up to own one of them or just want to know about them for an extra encyclopedia.
So let’s Begin with the personality description of Black German Shepherd.
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Well, if the personality difference is the thing that people are confused about, that’s totally fine. Because of the simple reason that the black German Shepherds are quite easy going and have kind temperament as compared to standard German Shepherd, they make excellent companion dogs.
Although Black Alsatians (This name was given to them when were born newly) may take time to make friends with strangers and relatives, because of their suspicious and curious type of nature, once when are familiar to someone, they will feel no hesitation nor fear to play around with them. They often treat them like their family and protect them as well, when in need.
However, in General, Black German Shepherds are perfect to be kept as guard dogs, and service dogs for the blind, deaf and handicap.
As we have described in the opening lines, they are no different than the standard German Shepherds, except for they are a bit larger than the standard breed and have dark full black coat color. One more difference is that their back is straighter than that of an ordinary shepherd. Moreover, their coat color can range from short to long and may have the appearance of feathering, flowing, and skirting.
There is not much to know about the genetical history or information of the Black German shepherd, in order if you know about the Genetics of Standard German Shepherd. If you are worried about the color thing, then there is not much special about it except for the black gene color, that can be recessive, or sometimes dominant. However, when dominant, the GSD’s coat will be occupied by black.
Well, this in turn also means that if a German shepherd, that is not all black can hold the gene and reproduce all black pups for you. And the color information can be obtained when the pup is about 5 to 8 weeks old. Like, if its gonna be solid black or can have the pale color also.
Temperament? Yeah, that’s the thing in which Black German Shepherds are exceptional than others like pitbull of American Mastiff. They can be, at the same time, both watchful and playful, Making them an ideal dog.
And one thing more, if you are about to scare people and want them to stay away from you, the danger appearance of this dog can be a useful tool for you, rather than being a cool tempered and playful dog, strangers will think of it as a blood-sucking Dracula :).
Whatever, Black GSDs are very very watchful and extremely careful and loyal dogs, that are willing to express their self-assurance by keeping an eye over the family, ready to do anything for their protection.
Which, in turn, means that if at any moment, any danger is to approach you or your family, The black German Shepherd will be ready to protect you and your family at the cost of his life.
As a matter of fact, it is very much important to socialize your German Shepherd in order to keep him the way he is, Like Cool tempered and careful.
Otherwise, if not socialized properly, he may develop a temperament that you may never have imagined in your worst dreams. And yeah, that’s exactly true, because they will run for biting everyone they meet.
Although, if you own a puppy, then make sure that you let him go out with you, meeting different people of different kinds and natures, so that he may understand the surrounding people’s natures well enough.
Which in turn, will be useful when he gets old, for he will not get “Angry” pretty much early. Let him play with other dogs freely. It will help him stimulate mentally and socially.
Start socializing your dog with family, and then let him meet with the guests and neighbors one by one. It may turn out useful for you and your friend.
What About the children?
In the case of children, The Black German Shepherds are extremely easy going and loving. They will play and will look after your children very well. Allow your pup to have a plenty of exposure with your children, under your supervision when they just meet for the first time.
Once they are bond, you will find that your doggy will become the best of the bestest friends, playmate, babysitter, and a guard and protector. Usually, they are gentle around children, but you should keep in mind that they may bump into your children by mistake or may wag his tail and accidentally tap your children in happiness.
Puppies are one of the cutest out there.
Puppies? Yeah, you are probably right! Black German Shepherd puppies are one of the cutest out there that you can possibly find. Unlike other dogs or German Shepherd Puppies, They are born black, rather than getting into their real color after several weeks.
Their color can be recognized after 8 to 10 weeks of birth, for in this time, the color becomes permanent, and then doesn’t change after that. Most of the doggies are born black but their color develops into two in that instance of time, which is not in the case of Black German Shepherds.
However, if you are in search of a puppy pal who is playful, adorable, and devoted, then we would probably suggest you to go for a Black Alsatian puppy because they are an ideal choice for a dog lover in our view.
Key Points For Healthy Pup
* They need regular checkups and vaccination.
* Healthy and nutritious diet is very very important.
* Excercise and training on regular bases are very necessary.
* Brushing and grooming (which includes nail cutting, cleaning, hair trimming, teeth, and ear cleansing etc) are essential.
* Comfortable and healthy environment should be the first priority.
Well, that was just a quick list of the things that should be looked after importantly to upraise a healthy pup. If you want to know more about raising a healthy puppy, visit our article German Shepherd care.
These dogs have generally a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. However, in this long life period, this dog requires special care and devotion. As we have said, these dogs can not live without a partner or companion for a long period of time, so it’s essential to give them time, as a primary priority.
Moreover, they are working dogs so they need daily exercise. Which means, you gotta have a big backyard where they can play. However, if you don’t have it and are living in a small apartment, then we would suggest you carry them outdoors with you, for it will provide them with mental stimulation.
Just take them on a morning walk with you. Visiting parks etc can be a big source for keeping them happy and stimulated. And last but not the least, as we have discussed just a while ago, grooming is necessary. So make sure to groom them on a daily bases.
What about the health?
The health issues are same as that of an ordinary German Shepherd Dog. They are not prone to many diseases. But yes, Hip dysplasia can be a problem if you own a Black German shepherd. Symptoms of hip dysplasia can range from mild to severe level.
If you notice your dog exhibiting such symptoms as soreness. limping, or stiffness, then we recommend you to contact a veterinary immediately. He will pass your GSD through several tests including Physical examination, radiographs, and manual tests. After these tests, the veterinarian will confirm or just deny the presence of the disease in your dog.
However, if your dog is found to be affected with hip dysplasia, then you don’t have to worry a lot about it because in some dogs it is hereditary and can not be prevented at any measures. So all you can after the diagnose menu of hip dysplasia in your dog is that to give him good food, daily message, some medications and exercise with the recommendation of the vet.
Here is the quick list of some of the facts that you need to be clear about in order if you are up to buy a Black German shepherd.
- The Black German Shepherd is the same dog as Standard German Shepherd.
- The black German shepherd and Standard German Shepherd have some physical differences which we have described well enough.
- Puppies are born black.
- An ordinary German Shepherd can reproduce Black German Shepherd, as it’s dependable upon the dominant color gene.
- Black Color has no negative effect on the dog.
- Like all German Shepherds, they are prone to the same health problems.
- They are expensive as compared to ordinary shepherds.