Pedigree of

Fritz von Rhine

Oct 31, 1954
AKC W568450
Grey, Tan
Breeder: Loretta Eshelman

Arko von Steinforstgraben
Feb 10, 1952
AKC W480629
Black, Grey

Brando von der Bierlache


Motte von Gerstenberg


Dixie Pal of Mine
Apr 3, 1953
AKC W417392
Black, Silver

Hiltoncrest's Frederic
Mar 15, 1949
AKC W132984
Black, Silver

Sinbad of Cedarbrook Farm
May 27, 1945
AKC A886394
Black, Silver Markings

Dankeschoen von Da-Rie-Mar-Hill
Mar 22, 1942
AKC A605865
Black, Fawn Markings

Nov 2, 1951
AKC W654992
Silver Grey

Wah Be Me Me Chief
Dec 27, 1947
AKC W85595
Black, Cream

Golden Rod Queen
Jul 25, 1946
AKC W20808
Wolf Grey

Legend for German Shepherd Gene Study
  White Carrier
  Black Carrier
  Blue Carrier
  Liver Carrier

The German Shepherd Gene Study tracks the recessive "masking" white
and recessive black genes forward through the generations.

Genes come in different varieties, called alleles. Somatic cells contain two alleles for every gene, with one allele provided by each parent. Often, it is impossible to determine which two alleles of a gene are present within an dog's chromosomes based solely on the outward appearance of that dog. However, an allele that is hidden, or not expressed by, can still be passed on to that dog's offspring and expressed in a later generation.

German Shepherds can carry one or both of the recessive white "masking" and/or the recessive black gene.

(A masking gene masks the real color and pattern of the dog. The only way the gene can be expressed in some of the offspring is if both parents carry it. For example, when a white dog is bred to a non-white dog that does not carry the white gene, none of the offspring will express the white coat but they will be carriers of the white gene. If those offspring are bred to a white, some of their offspring will express the white coat color. White bred to white will always produce white offspring.)

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