This wonderfully unusual German shepherd is a piebald known as the Panda German shepherd. They are not only stout but well-proportioned as well. Panda Shepherd gets their piebald coloring from GSD single bloodline. The panda shepherd dog is black and tan, and 35% of the remaining dog is white. However, it is known they don’t have the white color in their German shepherd ancestry.
|Panda German Shepherd Summary and Facts|
|Dog Breed||Working Dog|
|Temperament||Obedient, Keen, Courageous, alert, Energetic|
|Height||Male: 24-26 inches, Female: 22-24 inches|
|Color||Tricolor (White, Black, Tan)|
|Daily Exercise||1-2 hours/day|
|Energy Level||Very High|
|Known Health Issues||hip and elbow dysplasia, digestive issues, epilepsy, etc|
History of Panda German Shepherd
The very first parents that gave birth to a tan/white/black female puppy were a purebred black and tan German shepherd sire with a purebred black German shepherd dam. This sole tan/white/black puppy had blue eyes as well.
Ms. Cindy, the founding breeder, took the piebald pup to the Ohio State University for genetic DNA testing to further test the underlying cause of this anomaly.
It was also reported that the parents of the puppy were purebred GSDs without any white GSD or other breeds in their line.
Later, the same sire and the dam were bred three more times, and they again gave birth to puppies with the traditional black & tan color. These black/tan/white shepherd dogs were then named Panda shepherds.
These one-of-kind dogs are the muscular, sturdy, slightly elongated body with a solid bone structure. They often have a black nose and a little rounded forehead. Piebald shepherd dogs have almond shaped eyes that are never protruding. The ears are upright, turned forward, and are wide at the base.
Panda dogs can weigh up to 77-85 pounds. And their heights in male reach around 24-26 inches, whereas in females about 22-24 inches.
These Tricolor German shepherd dogs are courageous, keen, alert, with high learning ability, and therefore can be great working dogs.
They are always eager to learn, cheerful, and obedient to the core. Panda shepherds are also known to extremely brave and faithful. These gutsy dogs would not think twice and give their lives to protect their owner.
They are partially trainable. The owner should start socializing this breed at an early stage of puppyhood and should have the puppy undergo rigorous obedience training from an early age.
Piebald German shepherd dogs who have passive owners can lead to a skittish and timid dog, which may become prone to biting and other issues. So, the owner should always be firm and authoritative with their dog.
Panda shepherd dogs need strenuous activity, as these highly intelligent dogs crave a good challenge. Involve them in physical activity; preferably along with obedience training would be great. They need about 1-2 hours per day of exercise.
Mostly these shepherd dogs, love to run, play ball or Frisbee. Incorporate 10-15 minutes of ball/ frisbee fetching along with walks will tire your dog out nicely as well as give him a sense of purpose.
If your panda shepherd doesn’t get enough exercise or are not mentally challenged, they will become destructive and restless. They work best when they have a purpose and have a job to do.
Due to unselective breeding has caused many hereditary diseases, which is very common in all the shepherd mix breeds – hip and elbow dysplasia.
They have also been reported to have digestive problems, blood disorders, epilepsy, chronic eczema, dwarfism, and flea allergies.
If you notice your shepherd dog have any of the symptoms for the diseases mentioned above, immediately take them to a vet.
Bathe your Tricolor German shepherd only when needed, over bathing can cause skin irritation from oil depletion. Also, check their ears and trim their claws daily.
They also need to be brushed daily as they are serial shedders.
Recognition & Other Breed
Panda German shepherd dogs have been recognized by the DRA – Dog Registry of America, Inc.
And, at the moment panda shepherd dogs have no popular cross-breeds.
They are very rare and are very beautiful. Their price ranges from $1300-$2000. Buy a puppy if the breeder shows proper documents.
This wonderfully unusual German shepherd is a piebald known as the Panda German shepherd. Panda gets their piebald coloring from GSD single bloodline. They are black and tan, and 35% of the remaining dog is white. And, just like this dog’s other breed, they are courageous, loyal and can work as great service dogs.
What do you think of these unique panda shepherd dogs? Would you like to have one of your own? Do share with us in the comments.
- Whitaker, Cindy; Phenom Shepherds. “Panda Shepherd History”.
- UC DAVIS; UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory. “Origin of Panda: White Spotting Gene”.
- Whitaker, Cindy. “North American Panda Shepherds Association”.
- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. Lewcinka’s Franka von Phenom”.
- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. “Cynthia Madchen Alspach”.