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What is a "Blue" German Shepherd, Dutch Shepherd or Malinois?
Blue, as a color, occurs in just about every breed, and especially in the herding breeds. Great Danes, Collies, Dobermans, and of course, German Shepherd, Malinois, and Dutch Shepherds all can have blue pups.
Blue is considered to be a dilution gene, actually named an "allele", that is found naturally. Both parents have to have this allele in their genes to be able to produce a blue puppy.
The blue pup will be blue, or gun metal gray, where another pup would be black. In my German Shepherds, I've had blue "black and tans", blue sables, and blue blacks.
Blue puppies are very attractive.. with light "baby blue" eyes, and stand out in any litter. However, when adult, it is very hard to tell the difference between a blue and another colored dog. Blue is considered a minor fault in the show ring. I have not noted any other consideration, as they are as healthy and long lived as any of my dogs.
These photos show two littermates. These pups are out of P1 Cher Car's A Shout in the Woods X Cher Car's Hey Jude. Both are female. The blue puppy is a blue sable, while the other pup is a traditional black and tan.
Black and Tan Puppy
An unbelievably RARE collection of THREE blue dogs; a blue German Shepherd, a blue Belgian Malinois and a blue Dutch Shepherd. Notice the gun metal blue color on their lips, nose and muzzles.
A mix of blue dogs with their tradionally colored counterparts. Here we have a blue German Shepherd, a blue Belgian Malinois, a tradional fawn Belgian Malinois with black mask, a blue Dutch Shepherd and a tradional black & tan German Shepherd.