Panda German Shepherd: All You Need to Know

Anyone who wants a dog that stands out should get the Panda/Piebald German Shepherd, a rare breed that few people know.

I particularly love this breed for its unique panda bear-like color patterns, often near the ears. 

all you need to know about panda german shepherd

Since the American Kennel Club (AKC) states that the GSDs’ traditional colors are black and tan, I decided to look into how Panda GSDs came to be, their expense, health, and why the AKC doesn’t recognize them.

What Is the Difference Between a Panda and a Regular GSD?

Panda GSDs are similar to every other German Shepherd dogs, except for their distinctive coloring on the:

  • Muzzle
  • The stomach
  • The region around the collar
  • Tip of their tail

In 2000, the first Panda GSD came into existence to parents who were purebred German Shepherd Dogs with a lengthy thoroughbred lineage.

To see if the GSD was purebred, the first Panda’s DNA was tested by scientists, but it had a faulty KIT gene. This discovery allows future GSD breeding prospects to be evaluated for their ability to produce panda offspring.

There are also the following physical characteristics:

  • Longer-than-tall bodies and muscular bodies
  • Heads that are in proportion to the rest of the body
  • Almond-shaped eyes that are not protruding
  • When threatened, the ears are relatively pointed and stand upright.
  • Feet that are thick and have good nails

There Are A Few Things To Consider Before Getting A Panda German Shepherd.

There are a few things to consider if you’re considering having a Panda GSD. First and foremost, be aware of what you’re signing up for! Have you worked with German Shepherds before? They’re known for being dependable, confident, and good guard dogs. However, they need a lot of training and social experience. While most people are attracted to the Panda because of its beauty, the owner of a Panda German Shepherd should be worried about far more than that.

They aren’t very active indoors, so they’ll need a backyard to play in or to be taken outside regularly. These dogs will become lonely, irritated, and even depressed if they are left alone all day or do not get enough exercise. In a GSD, all the above emotions can lead to disruptive or even violent actions.

To keep Panda GSDs happy and non-destructive, owners must provide them with daily physical and mental challenges. If you plan to be gone for most of the day and do not have adequate protection, you should reconsider having a Panda GSD. If you don’t follow this advice, your house can be ruined by the time you get home!

We’ve all been there at some point with a messy house, but picture what a big dog can do when out of control.

Panda GSD Vital Statistics & Facts

Male Panda German Shepherds usually reach the following heights:

Weight: 75-95 lbs. 

Height: 24-26 inches (61.0-66.0 cm) tall

Panda German Shepherd females usually reach the following heights:

Height:  22-24 inches

Weight: 55-73 pound weight range

Color: White is 35% of the total color.

Life Span: If they eat well and exercise regularly, they can expect to live for 9 to 13 years.

Litter: 6-10 puppies in a female litter

Coat: white, tan, and black coat with a medium length.

Panda GSD Training

Starting at a young age, Panda German Shepherds should undergo socialization training. They should be exposed to many people, animals, things, environments, and circumstances. They will be well-behaved in the future as a result of this.

For these puppies, puppy obedience lessons are also a good idea. They thrive in environments that provide them with trust and structure, which these classes are designed to provide. In addition, these courses will expose them to other people and dogs in a safe environment.

Since they are instinctively protective of their families, early socialization and obedience training is recommended to teach them how to be respectful to other dogs and people.

They will become excessively hostile towards others if they do not receive this early training.

Panda German Shepherds enjoy spending time with their loved ones. They should not be held apart from their owners because this can lead to behavioral issues.

Furthermore, these intelligent dogs need regular training. They can be physically and mentally disabled regularly. Shepherds should be kept mentally and physically energized by participating in agility, herding, tracking, and dock diving, according to the AKC.

Panda German Shepherd owners must be confident and have structure for their dogs. If their owners encourage them to believe they are the pack leader, shepherds with passive owners can become tentative or overconfident. Dogs with either a lack of or excessive trust are more likely to act up.

How Much Do Panda German Shepherd Puppies Cost?

Panda German Shepherd puppies usually cost between one thousand to three thousand dollars. When compared to a black and tan German Shepherd, this is a costly dog. Supply and demand are unquestionably to blame for the high selling price. Because of the Panda’s rarity, they are always spoken for before they even open their eyes.

While the black and white markings of the Panda German Shepherd are undeniably appealing, are they worth the extra cost? German Shepherds are highly motivated dogs that need intensive care and are not suitable for first-time dog owners. 

Only those passionate about the breed and want to own a beautiful dog that they can adequately care for should consider the Panda. The forthcoming owner should guarantee that the Panda is safe, behaves well, and is trainable once a credible breeder has been designated. After that, only a responsible owner will buy, train, cherish and care for a Panda.

Nutritional Needs of a Panda GSD

Panda German Shepherds, like all GSDs, should be served high-quality dog food. Protein, as well as other vital nutrients such as vitamins, fats, and carbohydrates, should be abundant throughout the food.

Before buying pet food, make sure it contains at least 18 percent protein and 5 percent fat for adult Pandas, and 22 percent protein and 8 percent fat for puppies or nursing mothers.

Depending on their age, these dogs should be fed puppy, junior, adult, or senior food. This is important to remember because the consistency of your German Shepherd’s diet has a significant effect on their quality of life.

I cannot emphasize enough how important it is that you feed your GSD high-quality food!

What Is The Panda GSD’s Health Status?

Their lineage determines the Panda German Shepherds’ wellbeing, but they are just as healthy as standard German Shepherds. This means they have identical health records as their forefathers and mothers. The Panda’s overall health is determined by the breeder from which it came, as it is for all purebred dogs.

A responsible breeder concerned about their dogs’ health and safety will not breed dogs with health issues. German Shepherds (including Pandas) can, however, have some health problems as a result of their construction:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloating
  • Epilepsy
  • Keratitis 
  • Degenerative Myelopathy 

Are Panda GSDs recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC)?

Panda German Shepherds are purebred dogs with no crossbreeding. The mutated KIT gene is the only distinction between the DNA of a Panda German Shepherd and that of a typical colored German Shepherd Dog.

Depending on who you ask, the Panda German Shepherd is not officially recognized by the AKC. This is a delicate subject. “The German Shepherd Dog comes in several colors, and most of them are acceptable,” according to the AKC’s Official Standard of the German Shepherd Dog.

The use of colors with a lot of depth is preferred. A big flaw is pale, washed-out colors, as well as blues or livers. The Panda would not be considered an AKC German Shepherd Dog in the conventional sense since “any dog that is white must be excluded.”

Panda German Shepherds, on the other hand, are a relatively rare breed. The KIT gene mutation that triggers the Panda’s coloring is absent in the majority of GSDs. As a consequence, it’s a rare occurrence. 

Unfortunately, because of the mutation’s rarity, breeders who depend on it aren’t concerned about the dogs’ health.

Identifying a Reputable Panda German Shepherd Breeder

When seeking a respectable Panda GSD breeder, you must do some analysis. Locate one who is solely concerned with the breed’s health. A genuine breeder’s entire breed stock will be checked for fitness. They will focus on the temperament and general health issues of the dogs. 

According to the National Institutes of Health, German Shepherds should be checked for hip and elbow dysplasia. Meanwhile, according to the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), conscientious breeders should breed for temperament, dignity, and trainability. 

The Institute adds that overall, the preferences and habits several dog breeders polled differed by breed. Of note, it appeared that not every breeder recognized the significance of maternal care behavior, albeit the fact that it could have a direct impact on potential puppy behavior.

In the meantime, regardless of whether the coat is Panda or Black and Tan, the main characteristics of the GSD are those that we mentioned earlier.