How To Identify The Purity Of The German Shepherd Puppy | 4 Ways To Identify The German Shepherd

German Shepherd is one of the most popular, intelligent and demanding dog breed. People often find it very difficult to identify the genuine German Shepherd because they don't have the right knowledge about the different types of German Shepherd breeds.

So before you go through this post you must know about the 5 main types of German Shepherds breeds and two major groups of German Shepherds i.e Show Line German Shepherds & Working Line German Shepherds. It will be much easier for you to identify the purity of the German Shepherd puppy and which German Shepherd breed you are actually looking for!


How To Identify The Purity Of The German Shepherd Puppy | 4 Ways To Identify The German Shepherd


The Show Line German Shepherds as from their name "Show Line" are used for dog shows. In order to look excellent, these GSDs have to be perfect in all aspects from teeth to tail. Show Line GSDs have an angulated back that slopes from high to low as you go from shoulders to rear end.

Working Line German Shepherds have straight back and athletic type of figure, purely built to work all the time tirelessly. They have bigger heads & bigger bones. The Working Line German Shepherds don't need to be perfect. The Working Line GSDs as clearly evident from their name "Working Line", always ready for work.


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  • Here are 4 ways to identify the purity of the German Shepherd puppy.

1. Tail & Back

  • German Shepherds have a long and bushy tail that hangs down. Show Line German Shepherds have an angulated back that slopes from high to low as you go from shoulders to rear end, but the Working Line German Shepherds backs are less sloppy as compared to Show Line German Shepherds.
  • Read our suggested post above about German Shepherd types, if you haven't read yet.

How To Identify The Purity Of The German Shepherd Puppy | 4 Ways To Identify The German Shepherd

2. Color


German Shepherds have four colors:
  • Black and tan color.
  • Black and light orangish color.
  • Pure black color.
  • Pure white color.
As the puppy will grow, the tan or orangish color will grow upward from claws to body. There shouldn't be any other color than tan or orangish. Some White Line German Shepherds have wolfish gray color as well.

3. Ears

  • Initially every breed's puppy ears remain drooped or hang downwards, same goes with the German Shepherd puppy as well, but German Shepherd's ears droop or hang-downward straight whereas puppies of other breeds droop or hang-downward sideways.
  • As the puppy will grow its ears will get straight. The distance between ears of Germans Shepherds is less than the other breeds.

How To Identify The Purity Of The German Shepherd Puppy | 4 Ways To Identify The German Shepherd

4. Look for the White Spot (The most important one)

  • Turn the puppy and see its chest in between front and back legs.
  • There shouldn't be any white spot on lower chest part. If there is any white spot it means that it is not a pure German Shepherd.

How To Identify The Purity Of The German Shepherd Puppy | 4 Ways To Identify The German Shepherd

  • Hope these guideline will help you to identify the purity of the German Shepherd puppy. If you like this post then don't forget to share with other people. Share your feedback in the comments section below.




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  2. There is misinformation on this. There is more than the four colors listed here GSD have been *blood tested* and proven purebreds for: Panda, Liver, Solid Liver, Blue, Blue & Tan, Sable, Red & Black. When you look up how to tell if your GSD is purebred DNA testing is likely the only way. The ear growth can’t tell you that, I’ve seen purebred GSD puppies come out with all types of different ears. The ears only really tell you how WELLbred the GSD puppy is (I.e if the GSD’s ears are to large for its head it’s likely not WELLbred). Purebred GSD’s tails can be slightly curved but should never be curled like a husky’s. If you don’t believe me look it up, all of this (except panda) is accepted by AKC standards. Though research into panda you will find it to be a purebred color.

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    1. I didn’t include in the proven colors the ones the original poster said: Tan & black, solid white, solid black, I think the “light orangish color” is black & red?.

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    2. This is not the misinformation, correct yourself. These are some of the general tips to identify the purity of the German Shepherd puppy. You are right that there should be a DNA test, but do you think that everyone can carry out a DNA test? I don't think one would go so deep.

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    3. You are too aggressive dear. Send me whatever you want to say via contact form. I will add in this post.

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    4. How was I aggressive the only thing i said that was even sightly aggressive was when I quoted you “correct yourself”

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    5. All I said was you were being rude “correct yourself” after you said I didn't know what I was talking about? Other than that I said your article is in-fact misleading and misinformative.

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    6. OK tell me why you are so keen to comment :)? Do you have a research on GSDs? I thought your heavy comments might confuse visitors, they were so complicated.

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    7. I just like animals and know a log about them. My replies are start forward: 1. Some of this stuff is misleading 2. There are at least 10 purebred colors for GSDs 3. German Shepherds vary in tail curve and ear placement. I just looked back on one reply you deleted, I copied and pasted “I'm not saying it was purposely wrong I'm just saying it's misleading” how is that aggressive. All I've been saying this whole time is some of this is misinformation.

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    8. The only reason I commented originally is because I seen this article and it confused me because it contradicted what I knew was true, so I did more research and commented so that others weren't as confused.

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    9. When people search for German Shepherd purity they are looking for typical American Showline German Shepherds and this article helps them a lot. I have written separate article for different types of German shepherds where I have covered 5 main types of German Shepherds, characteristics, features, colors etc. I have provided the link in this article as well.

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    10. AKC accepts what I've stated unless I said otherwise aka panda isn't accepted.

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    11. How old are you? Do you use Twitter?

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    12. I don't believe that a 17-year old girl can have such expertise on GSDs. From your comments it looks like you are 40+ :)

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    13. Thank you! Half the time I think I'm pretty dumb lol. The worlds so cool I want to know everything.

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  4. I have owned and competed with some of the finest bloodlines in the world, and a bit of white on the chest is not evidence of mixed breeding. This topic, strangely, keeps re-surfacing for some reason. https://www.germanshepherds.com/threads/white-patch-on-chest.746797/

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  5. Meer..what does it matter how old anyone is that posts on here? And why can't a 17 yr old be this accurate?

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    1. Because this topic is bit of complicated and that girl "Hey Hey" had amazing and complex knowledge about German Shepherds that made me surprised. In general a 17 year old possess different interests like music, movies, dolls, diaries etc.

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  6. Hi, do you have a picture of gsd pup that has a white spot on lower part of the chest. Just curious

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