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10 Big Black Dog Breeds You’ll Love


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9. Black German Shepherd

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You probably know the typical black and beige coloring of the German Shepherd (GSD), but did you know that they also exist in all black varieties?

Contrary to popular belief, black German shepherds are not talkative. They are actually the result of a recessive gene that affects the color of the coat.

Thanks to the recessive gene, it is possible that two normal-colored German shepherds produce one or more puppies, all black.

The German Shepherd is the 2nd most common dog in the United States, and for good reason. They are easy to train, intelligent and friendly to most people, although they protect their families if they sense a threat.

Since German shepherds were raised to work, black German shepherds need a lot of exercises to keep them happy and healthy. A GSD who doesn’t exercise enough or get mental stimulation can become destructive and may even find creative ways to escape your backyard.

German shepherds are very prone to hip dysplasia and other joint problems, especially if they come from exposure lines rather than work lines.

The black German shepherds who come from a line of dogs bred to work rather than trotting around an exhibition ring are probably the healthiest German shepherds you can find.

As always, look for a breeder who performs health tests on their breeding dogs to ensure the health of the puppies.

 


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