What Are the Tell Tale Signs That My German Shepherd Is a Purebred?

GSD1 What are the tell tale signs that my German Shepherd is a purebred?

I have found this German Shepherd for sale on a website, and they claim that he is a pure bred, but he does not have any papers. I know papers are the sure way to tell that he is a purebred, but what other characteristics can I look for? Such as physical traits or anything else…

Thanks a bunch

You cannot prove a dog is ‘purebred’ without any legit registration papers. AKC, CanKC, UKC, FCI etc. Any other dog labelled as being purebred isn’t in the sense that yes, it can walk like a GSD, bark like a GSD and poop like a GSD, but without legit papers you don’t REALLY EVER know exactly if it is purebred. Anyone could tell you anything, even if it looked exactly like the picture of a GSD in a Dog Breed Book…who knows it could have another breed mixed with it somewhere. You just NEVER know.

Plus irresponsible breeders only breed GSD’s without legit registration. I wouldn’t purchase a dog from any breeder who did not register their puppies with the above registries and did all the necessary health tests for this breed. This breed is known for have MANY health problems…not something I would care to take lightly personally.

Contact your local breed club. Or the German Shepherd Club of Canada or America for reputable breeders. They will able to put you in the right direction.

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  • kdoulos

    A dog that meets these standards. Other than that, there’s no real way to tell without papers.

    http://www.akc.org/breeds/german_shepherd_dog/index.cfm
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  • m y

    I don’t think I would get a german shepherd puppy without papers. Especially the gsd dog is known to have many hip problems so if you are truly interested in the breed, look for breeders who are breeding their show dog german shepherds, cause that means that your puppy will have good bloodlines and genes.
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  • Kaper

    There is no way of telling without papers from a reputable registry.

    There are poorly bred German Shepherds that don’t look purebred and mixes that look purebred but aren’t.

    If you post a pic, and we can make educated guesses, but without papers you won’t know for sure

    Ps – I notice you posted from Canada. If you are in Canada it is illegal to advertise an animal for sale as purebred without documentation to prove it.
    I will add the link to the law shortly.

    The Animal Pedigree Act, section 64(h) says it is an offense to "(h) offer to sell, contract to sell or sell, as a purebred of a breed, any animal that is not registered or eligible to be registered as a purebred by the association authorized to register animals of that breed or by the Corporation;"

    http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/A-11.2/FullText.html

    And yes, no good breeder offers a dog as purebred without papers.

    DNA tests are not reliable
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  • Sandra R

    Agree with M Y. If the dog does not have papers and you are paying the price of a pure bred you are dealing with a backyard breeder and you will end up with a dog with a lot of potentially expensive medical issues.
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  • Lizzie

    I’m sorry to tell you that papers are definitely *not* any proof of a dog being purebred.. There are thousands, if not millions, of AKC registered mongrel dogs. Sometimes it happens out of ignorance, such as when the owner of the mother dog didn’t know that she had mated with two or more male dogs. Sometimes it happens by intention. There are ways to fake registration papers and there are people who knowingly breed mutts and then register the puppies as purebred.

    The dog you are considering may or may not be purebred. Try to bring along a friend who knows the GSD if/when you go to see the dog. At least ask for more photos, taken from different angles, and show them to a person knowledgeable about the breed.

    Be wary of buying a dog (or any pet) online. Sometimes it is legit and sometimes they take your money and even ask for more (for shipping costs, etc.) and never send anything.
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  • Ocimom

    If you know the breed standard you probably can tell. But without papers to really prove it, there is no guarantee its 100% GSD even if it looks like one.
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  • Bare Nekkid TRUTH!

    there is none.

    "papers" are not even a guarantee that a dog is purebred either, as papers can easily be falsified anyways. The only way to know that you are getting a purebred animal is to buy from a reputable breeder.

    All you can do is look at the dog, and make the assumption that he "looks" purebred.. but there’s no way to guarantee for sure that the dog is purebred.
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  • Bassets4Life

    You cannot prove a dog is ‘purebred’ without any legit registration papers. AKC, CanKC, UKC, FCI etc. Any other dog labelled as being purebred isn’t in the sense that yes, it can walk like a GSD, bark like a GSD and poop like a GSD, but without legit papers you don’t REALLY EVER know exactly if it is purebred. Anyone could tell you anything, even if it looked exactly like the picture of a GSD in a Dog Breed Book…who knows it could have another breed mixed with it somewhere. You just NEVER know.

    Plus irresponsible breeders only breed GSD’s without legit registration. I wouldn’t purchase a dog from any breeder who did not register their puppies with the above registries and did all the necessary health tests for this breed. This breed is known for have MANY health problems…not something I would care to take lightly personally.

    Contact your local breed club. Or the German Shepherd Club of Canada or America for reputable breeders. They will able to put you in the right direction.
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