Ten different German Shepherd colors


since many types of coats are noted with the German Shepherd breed, it would only seem natural to look into the kind of color these coats can be. Ranging from standard German shepherd colors to rare and even unacceptable GSD colors (meaning some kennels do not view them as pure breeds) there is a colorway perfect for every owner. Read on to find out your favorite colorway.

Here are a few of the most common colored coats


  • Black and Tan

Generally, the most common of the colors, the black section can appear to look like a saddle on their back

black and tan german shepherd

  • Black and Cream

The lighter version of the black and tan colorway and the soft contrast accentuates the black markings.

black and cream GSD

  • Black and Red

The red can vary from a reddish-brown to a strawberry blonde tone

black and red GSD

  • Silver

A delicate and beautiful tone though often less popular amongst buyers

silver german shepherd

  • Liver

One of the rarer colorways is considered a negative in breed standards.

liver german shepherd short hair

  • Blue

Extremely rare and shockingly stunning this colorway is also seen as a negative by the American Kennel club which restricts them from competing in shows

blue german shepherd puppy

  • Sable

The color of the very first German Shepherd in the late nineteenth century, this colorway is seen as a classic amongst the breed

sable german shepherd

  • Grey

Often mistaken for silver or blue this colorway is not one to overlook

grey german shepherd

  • White

Non-surprisingly, many would view this colorway as a form of albinism, but it is merely a result of genetics. Sadly, once again, it is not attributed and qualifiable by the American Kennel Club for competing

white german shepherd

  • Black

Sticking and bold this colorway is formed by a recessive gene

black and white german shepherd

Coat and Care of the German Shepherd

Since we have seen the most common German shepherd colors available, let’s take a look at coat types, and how to take care of it.

A luxury day at the nail salon or a trip to your favorite hair salon is the perfect way to feel pampered, right? Your favorite German Shepherd is no different. With beautiful long coats, you must prepare for the volume of shedding to come. But how can we be annoyed when they are so cute and soft?


The German Shepherd breed has what is known as a double coat composed of an undercoat and a topcoat. The undercoat layer is designed to keep them warm, made from dense short hairs. This layer makes the German Shepherd superb at functioning in a variety of climates as they can adjust their temperature to suit the environment. After all, they were initially bred for bitter climates and herding sheep in the snow.


The topcoat hairs are much longer and help to keep dirt away from the skin. As a result of this, the German Shepherd breed requires a lot of attention to maintain a beautiful coat. Furthermore, alongside the abundance of shedding as mentioned, this type of coating is at a higher risk of matting which can lead to infections due to the build-up of dirt and may require removal of the hair through cutting.


Regular grooming is therefore essential and is the perfect time to bond and build trust with your dog. It is recommended for a German Shepherd to be brushed 3-4 times a week and not bathed as often as you might think, every 4-6 months. Excessive washing can remove the oils from your dog’s skin and irritate them. If you feel your dog has a few dirty patches, scented wipes are the ideal alternative to leaving your dog smelling fresh and clean in no time.

Four essential types of brushes to use to clean your GSD teeth.


The type of brush you choose to use is vital to ensure your dog is comfortable, calm, and has a great grooming experience. Not only does this make grooming easy for you but can put you at ease for when you treat your German Shepherd to a day at the doggy salon, the dog groomer is not going to have any issues with your lovely dog.


  • Slicker Brushes – The fine wire bristles assist in removing the initial layer of excess hair. Super easy to use, simply press a button and the fur falls straight from the brush and into the bin.


  • Combs – A wide-toothed comb is ideal for smoothing out a long-haired German Shepherd as it ensures the fur lays in the same direction and removes any small tangles. Use daily but be sure not to pull too hard on any large knots as your dog will not be happy with you.


  • De Matting tool – This brush is composed of long stainless-steel teeth that remove tangles. Furthermore, you can use this on short-coated German Shepherd’s but again, be considerate of your dog’s coat not to pull and tug too hard.


  • Gloves – If you find your dog to be a little sensitive to the brushes mentioned above, considering using some gloves. Dog grooming gloves have small rubber nobs that let the dog believe they are merely being petted. In doing so, the experience will be less stressful for both of you. It is also a great way to get children involved in the process and teach them how to care for your dog gently. Additionally, after an eventful and messy day at the park, these gloves are ideal for use in the bath to completely get rid of any grime and dirt caught in your dog’s fur.


Unfortunately, like most breeds, the German Shepherds can experience some health issues such as hip and elbow dysplasia, epilepsy and diabetes. Still, it is a relief to know that the color coat of your German Shepherd does not affect your dog’s health or temperament. You can freely choose your favourite color coat, knowing there are no repercussions of this choice.


This concludes the short and helpful introduction to the care and management of German Shepherd coats and the fantastic variety of colors these lovely dogs have to offer.


So, if you don’t already own a German Shepherd, what’s stopping you?