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    Fritz von Rhine

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

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

    Brando von der Bierlache


    Motte von Gerstenberg


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

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

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

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

    November 2, 1951
    AKC W654992
    Silver Grey

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

    Golden Rod Queen
    July 25, 1946
    AKC W20808
    Wolf Grey

    Legend for German Shepherd Gene Study
      White Carrier
      Black 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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