==> 74% of German Shepherds are Non-Standard

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German Shepherd Dog Global Pedigree DifferencesBeta

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Beta means:

  • This information will be updated in line with increase in subscribers
  • Obvious false data from subscribers' input has been excluded
  • Assumption: Our subscribers are a proportionate reflection of total GSD owners (ie we believe that we do not specifically attract GSD owners of say extraordinary tall GSDs, heavy GSDs, or whatever)

In this Periodical:

Further details in future Periodicals.

Intro

Particularly since the 1950s, the German Shepherd Dog breed has been a wild success all over the world. Tens of millions of dog owners have been appreciating this dog breed's versatility, and every day more people become not just a new dog owner, but a GSD owner!

GSD on Duty

Today there are German Shepherd dog lovers in 219 nations in the world (at least) - because that's the number of nations that regularly visit MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG (see at the bottom of this page). Indeed, we can say that mygermanshepherd.org attracts GSD lovers from far more nations than any other website in the world (however, in terms of numbers of visitors we are still small, we don't have a "forum" where people love to chat).

Along with the global success of our dog breed, GSD clubs sprung up everywhere:

Now 78 nations in 5 continents have GSD membership organizations under the umbrella of the World Union of German Shepherd Dog Associations (WUSV), headed by the SV Augsburg, Germany.

The largest are:

German Shepherd Dog Club of America

United Schutzhund Clubs of America

German Shepherd Schutzhund Club of Canada

British Association for German Shepherd Dogs

German Shepherd Dog League of Great Britain

German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia

The German Shepherd Dog Club of India

German Shepherd Dog Club of Ireland

The National German Shepherd Working Dog Association Ireland

German Shepherd Dog Federation of Southern Africa

German Shepherd Dog Federation of the Philippines

German Shepherd Dog Club of Pakistan

German Shepherd Dog Advisory Council New Zealand

German Shepherd Dog Club of Malaysia

Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (SV) Germany

Club Canofilo Mexicano de Pastor Aleman

These nations represent 95% of our site's visitors, in this order. And all these WUSV member organizations in the world incorporate the standard breed characteristics as set out by the SV Augsburg. Quite remarkable - I don't know of any other dog breed that experiences such global 'streamlining', and on this scale!

Quick to fence

This streamlining however has brought upon tremendous problems for the dog as a canine being. But this topic we defer for two weeks - when a special Periodical will address a GSD issue that is at the heart of this site's founder, namely myself.

German Shepherd Dog Breed Standard Height and Weight

Now, in terms of GSD height and weight, all the WUSV member organizations listed above (and many more) have incorporated these measurements as standard (we have added the conversions to inch and lb pounds):

GSD female standard

GSD male standard

So, this is the globally accepted 'standard' height and weight of the male and female German Shepherd Dog.

But does this GSD breed height and weight standard reflect the actual appearance of the German Shepherd Dog in the world?

Well, thanks to our subscribers who filled in their dog's data (either during subscription or now in any email under "Update your subscription"), we can already contribute some astonishing facts about the actual German Shepherd Dog, as opposed to the breed standard German Shepherd Dog.

German Shepherd Dog Actual Standard Height and Weight

On a global basis

Female GSDs

  • 53% are taller than the upper end of the breed standard GSD (23.6 in)
  • 30% are smaller than the lower end of the breed standard GSD (21.6 in)
  • 34% are heavier than the upper end of the breed standard GSD (70.6 lb)
  • 28% are lighter than the lower end of the breed standard GSD (48.5 lb)
  • In terms of height, only 17% are within the range of the breed standard GSD (21.6 - 23.6 in)
  • In terms of weight, only 38% are within the range of the breed standard GSD (48.5 - 70.6 lb)

Male GSDs

  • 65% are taller than the upper end of the breed standard GSD (25.6 in)
  • 20% are smaller than the lower end of the breed standard GSD (23.6 in)
  • 41% are heavier than the upper end of the breed standard GSD (88.2 lb)
  • 26% are lighter than the lower end of the breed standard GSD (66.1 lb)
  • In terms of height, only 15% are within the range of the breed standard GSD (23.6 - 25.6 in)
  • In terms of weight, only 33% are within the range of the breed standard GSD (66.1 - 88.2 lb)

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German Shepherd Dog Actual Standard Height and Weight - Global Breakdown

North America

Female GSDs

  • 54% are taller than the upper end of the breed standard GSD (23.6 in)
  • 28% are smaller than the lower end of the breed standard GSD (21.6 in)
  • 36% are heavier than the upper end of the breed standard GSD (70.6 lb)
  • 25% are lighter than the lower end of the breed standard GSD (48.5 lb)
  • In terms of height, only 18% are within the range of the breed standard GSD (21.6 - 23.6 in)
  • In terms of weight, only 39% are within the range of the breed standard GSD (48.5 - 70.6 lb)

Male GSDs

  • 67% are taller than the upper end of the breed standard GSD (25.6 in)
  • 18% are smaller than the lower end of the breed standard GSD (23.6 in)
  • 43% are heavier than the upper end of the breed standard GSD (88.2 lb)
  • 22% are lighter than the lower end of the breed standard GSD (66.1 lb)
  • In terms of height, only 15% are within the range of the breed standard GSD (23.6 - 25.6 in)
  • In terms of weight, only 35% are within the range of the breed standard GSD (66.1 - 88.2 lb)

Australia and New Zealand

Female GSDs

  • 54% are taller than the upper end of the breed standard GSD (23.6 in)
  • 0% are smaller than the lower end of the breed standard GSD (21.6 in)
  • 40% are heavier than the upper end of the breed standard GSD (70.6 lb)
  • 0% are lighter than the lower end of the breed standard GSD (48.5 lb)
  • In terms of height, only 46% are within the range of the breed standard GSD (21.6 - 23.6 in)
  • In terms of weight, only 60% are within the range of the breed standard GSD (48.5 - 70.6 lb)

Male GSDs

  • 75% are taller than the upper end of the breed standard GSD (25.6 in)
  • 25% are smaller than the lower end of the breed standard GSD (23.6 in)
  • 20% are heavier than the upper end of the breed standard GSD (88.2 lb)
  • 20% are lighter than the lower end of the breed standard GSD (66.1 lb)
  • In terms of height, 0% are within the range of the breed standard GSD (23.6 - 25.6 in)
  • In terms of weight, only 60% are within the range of the breed standard GSD (66.1 - 88.2 lb)

Asia

Female GSDs

  • 33% are taller than the upper end of the breed standard GSD (23.6 in)
  • 50% are smaller than the lower end of the breed standard GSD (21.6 in)
  • 13% are heavier than the upper end of the breed standard GSD (70.6 lb)
  • 63% are lighter than the lower end of the breed standard GSD (48.5 lb)
  • In terms of height, only 17% are within the range of the breed standard GSD (21.6 - 23.6 in)
  • In terms of weight, only 24% are within the range of the breed standard GSD (48.5 - 70.6 lb)

Male GSDs

  • 50% are taller than the upper end of the breed standard GSD (25.6 in)
  • 25% are smaller than the lower end of the breed standard GSD (23.6 in)
  • 17% are heavier than the upper end of the breed standard GSD (88.2 lb)
  • 66% are lighter than the lower end of the breed standard GSD (66.1 lb)
  • In terms of height, only 25% are within the range of the breed standard GSD (23.6 - 25.6 in)
  • In terms of weight, only 17% are within the range of the breed standard GSD (66.1 - 88.2 lb)

Europe

Female GSDs

  • 40% are taller than the upper end of the breed standard GSD (23.6 in)
  • 60% are smaller than the lower end of the breed standard GSD (21.6 in)
  • 25% are heavier than the upper end of the breed standard GSD (70.6 lb)
  • 63% are lighter than the lower end of the breed standard GSD (48.5 lb)
  • In terms of height, 0% are within the range of the breed standard GSD (21.6 - 23.6 in)
  • In terms of weight, only 12% are within the range of the breed standard GSD (48.5 - 70.6 lb)

Male GSDs

  • 33% are taller than the upper end of the breed standard GSD (25.6 in)
  • 22% are smaller than the lower end of the breed standard GSD (23.6 in)
  • 27% are heavier than the upper end of the breed standard GSD (88.2 lb)
  • 40% are lighter than the lower end of the breed standard GSD (66.1 lb)
  • In terms of height, only 45% are within the range of the breed standard GSD (23.6 - 25.6 in)
  • In terms of weight, only 33% are within the range of the breed standard GSD (66.1 - 88.2 lb)

Africa

- Not enough data (yet) -

South America

- Not enough data (yet) -

GSD Chestsize perimeter and Front leg length

Not yet enough data. Too few of you have experienced the wonderful experience of taking these measurements. They are easy, and a great bonding time with your GSD. Just do it. Clear instructions here: How to take your dog's measurements correctly. And then add them to your dog details page. Easy too.

German Shepherd Dog Breed Standard Coat Colors

  • Solid Black
  • Solid Grey
  • Black with Red-Brown
  • Black with Brown
  • Black with Gold ('Yellow')

German Shepherd Dog Actual Standard Coat Colors

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On a global basis

  • Tan - Black: 62.5%
  • Red - Black: 10.5%
  • Solid Black: 6.8%
  • White - Goldbrown - Black: 4.5%
  • Gold Sable: 4.3%
  • Solid White: 2.9%
  • White - Tan - Black: 2.9%
  • Red Sable: 1.8%
  • Silver Sable: 1.8%
  • Tan - Greyblue: 0.01%
  • Solid Goldbrown: 0.01%
  • Tan - Liverbrown: 0.01%
  • Solid Liverbrown: 0.001%
  • White - Black: 0.001%

Actual GSD Coat Colors - Global Breakdown

North America

  • Tan - Black: 61.6%
  • Red - Black: 11.9%
  • Solid Black: 7.7%
  • White - Goldbrown - Black: 3.7%
  • Gold Sable: 3.6%
  • Solid White: 2.7%
  • White - Tan - Black: 3.1%
  • Red Sable: 2%
  • Silver Sable: 2%
  • Tan - Liverbrown: 0.01%
  • Tan - Greyblue: 0.004%
  • Solid Goldbrown: 0.004%
  • Solid Liverbrown: 0.001%
  • White - Black: 0.001%

Australia and New Zealand

  • Tan - Black: 68.8%
  • Gold Sable: 12.5%
  • Red - Black: 9.4%
  • Red Sable: 6.3%
  • White - Goldbrown - Black: 3.1%

Asia

  • Tan - Black: 74%
  • White - Goldbrown - Black: 12%
  • Gold Sable: 4%
  • White - Tan - Black: 4%
  • Red - Black: 2%
  • Silver Sable: 2%
  • Solid Goldbrown: 2%

Europe

  • Tan - Black: 56.9%
  • Gold Sable: 10.3%
  • Solid White: 10.3%
  • White - Goldbrown - Black: 6.9%
  • Solid Black: 3.4%
  • White - Tan - Black: 3.4%
  • Tan - Greyblue: 3.4%
  • Solid Goldbrown: 1.7%
  • Tan - Liverbrown: 1.7%
  • Red - Black: 1.7%

Africa and South America: Not enough data (yet)

German Shepherd Dog Breed Standard Coat Types

Short, dense, flat, coarse outercoat over dense undercoat (ie 'short coat' only).

German Shepherd Dog Actual Standard Coat Types

On a global basis

  • Short Coat: 50.2%
  • Plush Coat: 29.7%
  • Long Stock Coat: 10.3%
  • Long Coat: 9.8%

Short Coat: Dense undercoat and flat harsh short-hair toplayer

Plush Coat: Dense undercoat and long soft 'plush' hair toplayer

Long Stock Coat: Dense undercoat and flat long-hair toplayer

Long Coat: No undercoat (any outercoat)

Actual GSD Coat Types - Global Breakdown

North America

  • Short Coat: 52.7%
  • Plush Coat: 29%
  • Long Stock Coat: 10.5%
  • Long Coat: 7.8%

Australia and New Zealand

  • Short Coat: 44.4%
  • Plush Coat: 33.3%
  • Long Coat: 16.7%
  • Long Stock Coat: 5.6%

Asia

  • Short Coat: 42.9%
  • Plush Coat: 36.7%
  • Long Coat: 14.3%
  • Long Stock Coat: 6.1%

Europe

  • Short Coat: 38.2%
  • Plush Coat: 23.6%
  • Long Coat: 21.8%
  • Long Stock Coat: 16.4%

Africa and South America: Not enough data (yet)

Much more to come!

Appeal to everyone

  • Please review your subscription entries (see at the bottom of every email: "Manage your subscription preferences")
  • Too many of you have entered false data (useless), particularly for your dog's body measurements (exact measurement description here), daily off-leash time during AWAKE hours, etc etc.
  • Either leave fields EMPTY or enter CORRECT data, nothing in between please.

 

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  1.  

    Molly is from Czechovslovakia. She is purebred & has a vets tattoo in one ear. She weighs 70 pounds.
    She is black, sable and brown. Her nose is long and she has beautiful, bright, intelligent eyes. She is 9 years old and plays robustly with our younger 1 and 2 year old Belgian Malanois, Great Dane and 7 yr old Anatolian Shepherd. She shadows me around the house and sleeps right beside me on her bed on the floor. (4 inch thick foam).
    when I get up, she gets up.

  2.  

    My 9 year old female, Molly, weighs 70 lbs and stands 23 inches at the withers. Earlier I misstated that she is black and sable. I thought sable was reddish brown but my husband tells me this is not the case... Her coloring is black and reddish light brown. She has a thick undercoat and long hair. We feed all our dogs prey model raw meals. She is thriving.

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    Thank you for all the great information and suggestions. Could you please include pictures of the German Shepherd coat colours and variations so actual pet coats can be unerringly identified? My 3 month old GS is described as a Wolf Sable by the breeder. Gerda looks like a coyote in color. If a picyure could be sent to you or if you provided basic color examples, the visual evidence would speak volumes.

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    Thanks for your great feedback, Yes sure, you CAN send pictures! Pl go ahead.
    I may even incorporate them in a revision of this Periodical - although coat colors are specifically featured in another Periodical.
    In any case, I will await your pictures. :-)

  5.  

    My baby boy, 2yrs old, and all of his litter mates are at 28-28.4" at the shoulder and weigh between 120 and 134. We compare notes each time we visit the vet. He is so very beautiful. This therapy dog goes with me to school upon occasion and my special needs kids beg for him to come everyday!

  6.  

    I belong to a local German Shepherd Dog club, and I can say that most of the dogs do not conform to the breed standard, as written. There are a few females that are within the breed standard for height and weight, but most are taller and heavier. Mine is one of the smallest in the club, and she is right around the upper end of the breed standard at one year old. None of the other German Shepherd Dogs I have had have fit into the standard. They have always been bigger, and so I have been thinking that I have a small dog this time around. But this article puts her in the standard, and all my others were not.

  7.  

    Your periodicals have given me more understanding and confidence of my favourite breed. I'm from Nigeria in Africa, though we don't yet have a standard GSD organization here but we've created a forum and we're working towards standardization.
    I acquired my first GSD (Cindel) last year, that's when I had to looking around for info on this breed and I got your website. She's 14months old now, though I've not taken her height and weight, but compared to most GSD I've seen around me; she looks under weight to them. Perhaps she's the right one in comformity or others are... I'll find out when I take these measurements.
    I'll like to send her pictures if there's any chance for that. She's Black and light brown with cream colour underneath.

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      Yes Alabi, pl send them as reply to an email or, much better, integrate them in your comments here:
      <img src="http...">
      with http... being the link to where you put the photo (flickr or other photo sharing sites). Your photos will then appear here as well!

      As regards your planned forum: Wait to see at least your two next Periodicals ;-)

  8.  

    RE: "although coat colors are specifically featured in another Periodical."
    Is it possible to access this periodical at my membership level? Is there a way to return to these periodicals to reread them? Is there an index similar to the one for "My New Puppy Diary"?

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      Coat colors Periodical was/and is waiting for Periodical subscriber submissions of macro shots of their GSDs. I invited everyone about 2 years ago. No one sent a macro shot of the coat. So that one is on ice now. I have no time anyway.

      Re-read? Sure, just click the links in all emails you receive. They are still online/available.

      No index, no. On purpose. Reason (explained earlier): compiling one takes between 2 weeks and 2 months EACH. Reading one takes, what, an hour?
      AND: Too many can't even properly READ one. So why give them access to all and overtax them totally? Makes no sense, in my experience. One at a time. Like life is. And: like preparing them. ;-)

  9.  

    Four of my eight shepherds were over-height, but they still fell into the proper weight category. Their weight is thanks to the first one, born with hip dysplasia. My vet recommended I keep her on the light side for her hips (and read legs that ended up looking like pencils). I followed through with the others even though they didn't have hip problems.

    The first book I read on GSDs said I'd be shocked if I ever saw one of breed-standard size, since people tended to like them large. And so it was.

    You've not mentioned the stance. I hate the sloping back and am pleased Kara appears not to have one. How any dog can be happy with its rear end practically dragging on the ground escapes me.

    As for color, I used to call my dogs tri-colored, but the experts all called them black and tan, so I suspect the three-color variations you have seen would be only two-colors to a breeder (GSDs don't have white on them -- if you see it, it isn't there).

    This is a great discussion. It would be great to have breeders giving the statistics for their champions and explaining why they are breeding for the bigger dog.

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