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

Is that bad? - No, that's great!

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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