As always pattern on the GSD is the icing on the cake

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Mozart our first full body brindle

Mo was born here, his mother (now retired) has a black saddle with brindle legs.  She was not born here.   I purchased my first brindle Summer of 2007.  From that time I have worked to improve structure and companionship qualities as my first brindle Helga was more working driven (her grand parents were imported).

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Brindles can be black, blue, isabella, or Liver

Brindle we have in our program now:

 1. Motzart - Ay Fawn and Brindle; provisional reg. offspring eligible for FULL
2. Tigra - Ay Fawn and Brindle (Motzarts daughter); Full reg
 3. Toyger - Aw Sable and Brindle (Motzarts daughter); Full reg
4.  Sasha - Aw Sable Brindle (Toyger x Solomon daughter) Full reg 

5.  Tanzie - Ay Blue Fawn Brindle (Tigra x Solomon daughter) Full reg
6.  River - Ay Brindle * Not related to my original line of Brindle ~ up coming stud.  Big boy, special shout out to my GF Dawn for finding him! 

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Brindle ? in the GSD gene pool ?

 

V. Horand von   Grafrath was the first registered German Shepherd http://www.pedigreedatabase.com/gsd/pedigree/1208.html the black and white picture does not give much detail nor does the caption from the founder of the breed.  There are only 3 black/white photo’s of Horands 33 sons (no daughter photo’s) also very difficult to see much detail concerning color/pattern.  


However this grandson obviously has brindle on his legs/head: http://www.pedigreedatabase.com/gsd/pedigree/2051.html  This grandson also obviously has the   pattern as well: http://www.pedigreedatabase.com/gsd/pedigree/8427.html The reason I am directing you to the foundation of the GSD breed is so you can see the pattern in the first 3 generations of the GSD.


Why is the above paragraph significant?  To show you that the brindle was once an accepted pattern within the GSD breed.  The SV (original GSD governing body) decided to eliminate many colors and patterns that the GSD came in.  The colors eliminated to be eligible to be shown include; blue, liver, white and patterns– brindle and blue merle.  


Since these colors and patterns were not allowed to be shown they were bred away from.  I want to make perfectly clear these colors and patterns were eliminated from being shown because the people ‘in charge’ did not want them shown.  They were not eliminated because of health issues but rather personal preferences.  Max Von   Stephantz (breed founder) wrote: ‘No good dog is a bad color’               


In closing the theory that the brindle in this line of GSD are that since the gene was once in the line, the brindle seen presently is the result of a mutation.   Or the pattern was so faint that is was mistaken as a sable with pencil lines on the legs/feet.