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    Sandia Shatzi

    November 10, 1956
    AKC W845810
    Black, Silver
    Breeder: James C Purvis

    Major Jimbo Fritz
    April 17, 1947
    AKC W72786
    Black, Tan

    Wake of Darhill

    May 12, 1942
    AKC A648442
    Black, Cream

    Orex von Liebestraum

    July 21, 1939
    AKC A412647
    Black, Tan

    Ch (US) 
    Arlis of Darhill

    February 8, 1940
    AKC A514358
    Black, Grey

    Cheetah Lou
    October 6, 1944
    AKC W16015
    Black, Golden

    Ch (US) 
    Sheik of La Salle

    November 30, 1939
    AKC A529867
    Black, Tan

    Inga of La Salle II
    May 24, 1939
    AKC A489931
    Black, Golden Tan

    Albuquerque Rose

    AKC W694535 (8-56)

    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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