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The Panda Shepherd is a piebald colored German Shepherd. It is handsome and well
proportioned and very strong. The piebald color has occured in a single GSD bloodline. It
is 35% white, the remainder of color is black and tan, and has no white German
Shepherds in its ancestry. It has a sturdy, muscular, slightly elongated body with a light
but solid bone structure. Its head should be in proportion to its body, and the forehead a
little convex. It has a strong scissors bite, ears wide at the base, pointed, upright, and
turned forward (the ears of puppies under six months may droop slightly). The eyes are
almond-shaped, never protruding, dark, with a lively, intelligent expression. Its bushy tail
reaches almost to its hocks and hangs down when the dog is at rest. Its front legs and
shoulders are muscular; its thighs thick and sturdy. It has round feet with very hard soles.

This breed sheds bits of hair constantly and is a seasonally heavy shedder. A quick daily
brushing is best unless hair in the house is not a problem. They should be bathed rarely,
only once or twice a year to avoid skin oil depletion.

Omega Shepherds : Some of the diseases that have been found in this breed are hip and
elbow dysplasia (be sure both parents have their hips certified as OFA good);
malabsorbtion syndrome; degenerative joint disease (including osteochondritis);
megaesophagus; pannus and other forms of eye disease (not commonly seen); bloat;
allergies (food, fleas or airborne); other skin or coat problems and missing teeth. Some
lines of Whites are having problems with illnesses such as Lupus and/or other forms of
autoimmune diseases, as well as Congenital Spinal Disease. At this point in time,
autoimmune problems are fairly rare in the breed.

Coat
The ideal dog has a double coat of medium length. The outer coat should be as dense as
possible, hair straight, harsh and lying close to the body. A slightly wavy outer coat, often
of wiry texture, is permissible. The head, including the inner ear and foreface, and the
legs and paws are covered with short hair, and the neck with longer and thicker hair. The
rear of the forelegs and hind legs has somewhat longer hair extending to the pastern and
hock, respectively. Faults in coat include soft, silky, too long outer coat, woolly, curly,
and open coat.

Color
The German Shepherd Dog varies in color, and most colors are permissible. Strong rich
colors are preferred. Pale, washed-out colors and blues or livers are serious faults. A
white dog must be disqualified.

Julie Anderseon : Many common ailments of the German Shepherds are a result of the
inbreeding required early in the breed's life. One such common issue is hip and elbow
dysplasia which may lead to the dog experiencing pain in later life, and may cause
arthritis. Due to the large and open nature of their ears, Shepherds are prone to ear
infections. German Shepherds, like all large bodied dogs, are prone to bloat.
The average lifespan of a German Shepherd is 7 - 10 years, which is normal for a dog of
their size. According to a study done by R.M. Clemmons, DVM PhD who is a Professor
of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of Florida, Degenerative Myelopathy,
or DM is a neurological disease that occurs with enough regularity specifically in the
breed to suggest the disease is one that is genetically predisposed in German Shepherd
Dogs. Additionally, German Shepherd Dogs have a higher than normal incidence of Von
Willebrand Disease, a common inherited bleeding disorder.

The German Shepherd Dog is also known as the Alsatian. The dog is well proportioned
and very strong. The GSD has a sturdy, muscular, slightly elongated body with a light,
solid bone structure. The head should be in proportion to its body, and the forehead a
little rounded. The nose is most often black however, blue or liver still do sometimes
occur, but is considered a fault and can not be shown. The teeth meet in a strong scissors
bite. The dark eyes are almond-shaped, and never protruding. The ears are wide at the
base, pointed, upright, and turned forward. The ears of puppies under six months may
droop slightly. The bushy tail reaches almost to its hocks and hangs down when the dog
is at rest. The front legs and shoulders are muscular and the thighs are thick and sturdy.
The round feet have very hard soles. There are three varieties of the German Shepherd:
rough-coated, long rough-coated, and the long-haired. The coat most often comes in
black with tan, sable or all black, but also can come in blue, liver and white, but those
colors are considered a fault according to most standards. White is not an acceptable
color for the German Shepherd, however they are now being recognized as a separate
breed, called the American White Shepherd. A piebald color has also occured in a single
GSD bloodline which are now being called Panda Shepherds. A Panda is 35% white, the
remainder of color is black and tan, and has no white German Shepherds in its ancestry.

Omega Shepherds Julie Anderseon Forequarters
The shoulder blades are long and obliquely angled, laid on flat and not placed forward.
The upper arm joins the shoulder blade at about a right angle. Both the upper arm and the
shoulder blade are well muscled. The forelegs, viewed from all sides, are straight and the
bone oval rather than round. The pasterns are strong and springy and angulated at
approximately a 25-degree angle from the vertical. Dewclaws on the forelegs may be
removed, but are normally left on. The feet are short, compact with toes well arched, pads
thick and firm, nails short and dark.

Hindquarters
The whole assembly of the thigh, viewed from the side, is broad, with both upper and
lower thigh well muscled, forming as nearly as possible a right angle. The upper thigh
bone parallels the shoulder blade while the lower thigh bone parallels the upper arm. The
metatarsus (the unit between the hock joint and the foot) is short, strong and tightly
articulated. The dewclaws, if any, should be removed from the hind legs. Feet as in front.

The Panda Shepherd Dog is a piebald German Shepherd which has occured in a single
GSD bloodline. It is 35% white, the remainder of color is black and tan. It is a
spontaneous mutation and has no White German Shepherds in its ancestry. The parents
who produced the black/tan/white female puppy were a purebred black German Shepherd
dam and a purebred black and tan German Shepherd sire. The rest of the litter were
standard looking black and tan German Shepherd pups. The sole black/tan/white puppy
also had two blue eyes. In order to protect the image of her breeding program the
founding breeder, Ms. Cindy took the piebald puppy to Ohio State University Veterinary
Hospital for genetic DNA testing to find out the exact cause of the anomaly. The parents
of the pups were confirmed as purebred GSD's with no White GSD's or other breeds in
their lines. This was a purebred GSD who was born with piebald coloring. The same sire
and dam who produced the piebald puppy were bred three more times and all the pups
were born with the traditional black and tan coloring. A lot of canine genetic coat color
testing was done on the piebald puppy who was named Frankie. When Frankie matured
she was bred to a traditional colored black and tan GSD. Out of the four puppies born
three turned out to have black/tan/white coats but lacked the blue eyes, while the fourth
puppy was the traditional black and tan coloring. The black/tan/white German Shepherd
dogs were given the name Panda Shepherds.

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