Last Updated on August 9, 2022 by Alis Lee
10 Things You Should Know About The Panda German Shepherd
The panda German Shepherd is a unique breed, and it is not widely known unless someone is involved in work, including German shepherd breeding. Here are the answers to 10 questions about the Panda German Shepherd (also known as the Dalmatian German Shepherd).
1. The German panda shepherd is a uniquely colored descendant of the shepherd pedigree.
These shepherds display unique markings in symmetrical black and white colors, usually around the face, usually similar to those of a panda. This color is called piebald in other animals. This is strange because according to the AKC, the standard colors for German Shepherds are black and tan.
2. The first “panda” was bred in 2000 by the parents of a purebred German Shepherd with a long purebred pedigree.
The breeder sent the first DNA of a giant panda to find out that it was purebred but with a mutated KIT gene. This finding indicates that the future breeding prospects of GSDs can be tested to determine whether they have a chance to produce offspring of giant pandas.
3. The only difference between panda and “normal” GSD is the color of the coat.
Therefore, the Panda German Shepherd is the same as all other German Shepherds except that they have a unique color.
4. The German panda shepherd is as healthy as the ordinary colored German shepherd
As mentioned earlier, pandas are technically just German shepherds of different colors. This means that their health history is the same as their ancestry. As with all purebred dogs, the overall health depends on the breeder from which the panda comes.
5. The health of German Shepherd pandas depends on their ancestry.
Responsible breeders who really care about the results and health of dogs will not raise dogs that are prone to health problems. However, German Shepherds (including giant pandas) may suffer some health problems due to their size. Things like hip dysplasia can be inferred from this line, but because it is so prominent, it can skip generations or even a spouse. A common health problem for German Shepherds that cannot breed is bloating. This is caused by the size of the breed and is found in other large and giant dog breeds with deep chests.
6. The German Shepherd is considered a purebred panda
If the DNA of the German Shepherd is tested with the “normal” stained German Shepherd DNA, there is no difference other than the above-mentioned mutant KIT gene.
7. Panda is not officially recognized by AKC
This is a sensitive topic. As mentioned above, the only difference between a panda and a German shepherd is their color. According to dogbreedinfo.com, 35% of panda shepherd dogs are white, and the rest are black and tan. However, the official AKC standard for German Shepherds states: “German Shepherds vary in color, and most colors are allowed. Strong, rich colors are preferred. Dim, faded and blue or moss is a fatal mistake. White dogs should be excluded.” Therefore, pandas will not be regarded as German Shepherds under AKC standards.
8. Rare German Shepherd Panda
In most GSDs, there is no mutation of the KIT gene for panda coloring. Therefore, this is rare. Unfortunately, due to the lack of breeders who rely on mutations, they usually do not participate in the dog’s health.
9. Things to consider before obtaining a German Shepherd Panda
If you want to adopt a German panda dog, there are a few things to consider. First of all, know what you are doing! Have you raised a German Shepherd before? Although they are known to be loyal, confident and excellent guard dogs, they do require a lot of exercises, training and socializing. The owner of a German Shepherd panda should not only worry about the appearance of the dog, although this is the main reason why most people are attracted to pandas.
10. When looking for a reputable German panda breeder, you must conduct research.
Look for a breeder who owns it for the benefit of the breed. A good breeder will test the health of all their breeds. GSD breeders will pay attention to common health issues and the temperament of their dogs. The Animal Orthopedic Foundation recommends testing for hip and elbow dysplasia on German Shepherds. The German Shepherd Club of the United States also pointed out that conscientious breeders should breed based on temperament, self-confidence and training ability. These are the main characteristics of GSD, whether it is a panda or a black and tan coat.
11. The average price of a German panda puppy is between US$1,000 and US$3,000.
Compared to black and brown German Shepherds, this is quite expensive. There is no doubt that this high purchase price is determined by supply and demand. Because giant pandas are so rare, when they are just born, people often talk about them before they open their eyes.
Although the black and white German Shepherd markings are undoubtedly beautiful, are they worth the extra price? German Shepherds are very enthusiastic dogs and require special care and are not suitable for uneducated owners. Pandas should be reserved for those who like the breed itself and want to have a beautiful dog that they know how to take care of properly. Once an ethical breeder is found, the potential owner must ensure that the panda is healthy, well-behaved, and can be trained. Only in this way can responsible panda owners possess, train, cherish and nurture it.