Black German Shepherd

The all Black German Shepherd is the same Dog Breed as a Black Sable German Shepherd, it has just been bred to be all black! There seems to be come confusion about this, but that is the case. The only differences are that they are typically a little bit bigger dog with a straighter back. And of course they are all black. If trained, handled, and socialized well this dog will make a great companion for everyone in the family. They are tremendously alert, loyal, and protective. Continue reading below for more information and to see lots of pictures and videos about the powerful and majestic Black German Shepherd and their puppies.

While we really recommend that you acquire one through a Black German Shepherd rescue,  we understand that some people might go through a Black German Shepherd Breeder to get their all Black German Shepherd puppy. That is, if they have any all Black German Shepherd puppies for sale. Always screen your breeders as much as possible to ensure that you are getting as high a quality dog as is possible. Just because they have one for sale doesn’t mean they were bred ethically or that they paid close attention to their health and creating a good dog.


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Here are some pictures of the Black German Shepherd


Black German Shepherd History

Through selective breeding the black dogs have been created. As long as both parents have the recessive gene for solid black it is possible they will appear in the litter. So if you go to meet your puppy and see that the parents aren’t solid black, don’t be surprised! It can happen. If two solid black dogs are bred then only black Black German Shepherd puppies are produced. This mix can only produce a solid black litter. Being that the two dogs are the same, this is a brief history of the common Sable. Why are some german shepherds black? If you are looking for a german shepherd black and red, or black and tan german shepherd that is the same as a black sable german shepherd. The same goes for black and white german shepherd. There is a black shepherd and a white shepherd, which you can read about here. There are only two ways to get this coloration. That is by breeding two all black shepherds, this mix will create a black shepherd puppy every time. Or by breeding two non-black shepherds say black and tan german shepherd or german shepherd black and red or red and black who both have the recessive gene. This mix will also create an all black dog. The recessive gene is the most important part here as it could also be a black and silver german shepherd, grey, tan, white, silver, or cream dog that carries it. If the recessive gene doesn’t carry through the whole way you might just end up with a black face german shepherd or other iteration. As you can tell this article focuses dogs that are full black and not mostly black german shepherds a mix, or one with a white chest. 

As his name suggests, the German Shepherd originated in Germany, where he was created in the nineteenth century primarily by Captain Max von Stephanitz, who wanted to develop a dog that could be used for military and police work. The result was a dog that encompassed striking good looks, intelligence and versatility. World War I put a dent in the breed’s burgeoning popularity because the dogs were associated with the enemy. German Shepherds braved artillery fire, land mines and tanks to supply German soldiers in the trenches with deliveries of food and other necessities. After the war, movies featuring Rin Tin Tin and fellow German Shepherd Strongheart brought the breed back into favor. American audiences loved them. For a time, the German Shepherd was the most popular breed in the United States.


Awesome videos of Black German Shepherd puppies


Black German Shepherd Size and Weight

Height: 22 - 26 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 75 - 95 lb.
Lifespan: 10 - 14 years


Black German Shepherd Personality

Solid Black German Shepherd Temperament: These guys have very pleasant temperaments and are very loyal, watchful and confident dogs. They aren’t the type of dogs to back down. They are incredibly intelligent, ranking number three on the list of most intelligent dogs. Needless to say, they are easily trainable and their training should begin when they are very young. This is a high energy dog that is bred to work. You must be committed to giving them lots of daily exercise or else they might start to terrorize the house. Long walks twice a day, coupled with throwing the ball and hikes will do wonders for their behavior. If you don’t have the time nor the desire to give them the proper exercise, you might as well just go and get a black german shepherd stuffed animal. Because it won’t be fair to either you or the dog!

Here are some examples of them working:

They can be trained to do almost anything. They are great with children as long as they are given their boundaries with small children. They are very protective of the children in their home and make great watchdogs. The most important thing to remember aside from exercising them is to socialize, socialize, and then socialize them some more. It is very important that any dog get used to being around as many people, dogs, and circumstances as is possible.


Black German Shepherd Health

All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.

These guys are most prone to Elbow and Hip Dysplasia. This is a common condition in the Shepherd.

Hip Dysplasia: The hip joint is composed of the ball and the socket. The development of hip dysplasia is determined by an interaction of genetic and environmental factors, though there is a complicated pattern of inheritance for this disorder, with multiple genes involved. Hip dysplasia is the failure of the hip joints to develop normally (known as malformation), gradually deteriorating and leading to loss of function of the hip joints.

Elbow dysplasia: A condition involving multiple developmental abnormalities of the elbow-joint in the dog, specifically the growth of cartilage or the structures surrounding it. These abnormalities, known as 'primary lesions', give rise to osteoarthritic processes.

Do not purchase a puppy from a breeder who cannot provide you with written documentation that the parents were cleared of health problems that affect the breed. A careful breeder and one who truly cares about the breed itself, screens their breeding dogs for genetic disease and breed only the healthiest and best-looking specimens. One of the most common health problems with dogs is obesity. Keeping this under control is your responsibility.


Black German Shepherd Care

Solid Black Shepherd Care: These dogs do shed A LOT. So be prepared to brush them a couple of times a week and invest in a really good vacuum. All of them are going to shed a lot, the black long haired german shepherd as well as those with short hair will leave you with plenty to clean up. The black long hair does not seem to be as common and you might struggle to find any black long haired german shepherd puppies for sale.  You will need the vacuum to keep your floors clean. Give him baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out his skin. As previously discussed, they are going to need a lot of exercise. If you are not an active person this is absolutely not a good fit for you.


Black German Shepherd Feeding

p>A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible.

Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.

A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet.


Pure Black German Shepherd Names:


Here are some helpful Black German Shepherd Names for both male and female dogs:

Males: Riley, Boss, Yoda, Wiley, Dakota, Wally, River, Duke, Jackson, Buzz, Grover, Bubba, Rudy, Ozzy, Teddy, Quincy, Frankie, Gizmo, Bert, Tommy, Shep


Females: Ginger, Iris, Buffy, Queen, Kiki, Ivy, Ruby, Lady, Lily, Sadie, Maggie, Sofie, Sammie, Clover, Fiona, Roxie, Jade, Bessy, Gracie, Paisley, Savannah


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