Black and Tan German Shepherds
Ask almost anyone what color a German Shepherd is and they'll describe a saddle
back GSD with a black mask in some combination of black and tan or black and red.
Black and Tan German Shepherds are most popular in the show-line German Shepherds.
These are the German Shepherds you will see in the show rings and usually in the
popular TV shows. This is what most people picture what when you say "German Shepherd".
The amount of tan (interpreted as any shade of brown, from fawn, chestnut or silver
to deep darker hues) or red (light red to mahogany) markings can also vary quite
a bit from black and tan German Shepherd to black and tan (or black and red) German
When born, a saddleback black and tan (or red) GSD puppy is much darker than they
will be at adulthood. Oftentimes they may even be so dark as to appear to be solid
black at birth - but this is not the case. When the German Shepherd puppy later
dries off it's real marking colors will really be evident - especially around its
anus and on the hairs
As a saddleback black and tan (or red) GSD puppy grows up the lighter ground color
will spread all over it's body - over its legs, chest area, abdomen and around it's
face and ears. It has also been my experience with black and tan German Shepherds
in particular, that as they age (especially in senior GSD's) they lighten up more
and more color wise, and the saddle back marking can fade quite considerably.
Below find a few pictures representative of the Black and Tan German Shepherd Dog.