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    Van Fossen's Guard Elizabeth

    December 9, 1955
    AKC W851803
    Black, Tan
    Breeder: Rollin L Oliver

    Guard of Daelrudachloe
    March 24, 1952
    AKC W347150
    Black, Tan

    Coerte of Gulfland
    September 6, 1948
    AKC W122055
    Black, Cream

    Grafmar's Happy Warrior

    July 29, 1946
    AKC W53765
    Black, Cream

    Ocita von Grafmar
    September 23, 1946
    AKC W30594
    Black, Cream

    Lady Sabella von Reichman
    December 7, 1949
    AKC W197524
    Black, Tan

    White Warrior of Texas
    September 2, 1947
    AKC W76879

    Cindy of Long-Worth
    November 20, 1945
    AKC W12613
    Light Tan, Black

    Elizabeth of Balegem
    December 12, 1951
    AKC W500152
    Black, Tan

    Tackleway Follet

    KC 1307AK

    Annette of Arlette


    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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