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Q: Do you have maskless German Shepherds or reverse masked German Shepherds? What are maskless or reverse masked German Shepherds?

Maskless German Shepherds are a unique color variation. When most people think of a German Shepherd, they think of the traditional "black and tan with a black face". Many do not know that some German Shepherds may not have this at all! When both parents carry the maskless gene, or are maskless themselves, the puppies will not have the black muzzle commonly associated with German Shepherd Dogs. A dog can have a black mask yet may produce maskless puppies. From the Veterinary Genetic Services website:

E locus

The E locus is responsible for the black mask seen in many breeds, and more significantly, for the presence of the yellow to red coats of many dogs. The gene involved is known as MC1-R, which has at least three versions affecting the appearance of the dog, E, Em, and e. Dogs with two copies of e will be yellow, orange or red in their pigmented coat regardless of their genotype at all the other loci.

It is similar to the recessive genes which will cause the common black coloration or long coats in German Shepherds. While atypical, it does occasionally happen and while it may not be desirable to some people, others find it particularly beautiful. An example of a maskless German Shepherd would be Rin Tin Tin II or Rin Tin Tin IV.

Rin Tin Tin II - maskless German Shepherd Rin Tin Tin IV - maskless German Shepherd

Reverse mask German Shepherds, in addition to their lack of mask, will also have extra markings on their face under their cheeks and the bridge of their nose that make them appear particularly wolf-like. When coupled with sable (especially silver sable) coloration, you have pure German Shepherd Dogs that appear much like a wolf or wolf hybrid but have absolutely NO WOLF in them. An example of this would be London from The Littlest Hobo.

Littlest Hobo - reverse masked German Shepherd

Some dogs may almost appear maskless but have just a "smudge" of color that may come and go with the seasons. This is known as a faded mask and we occasionally produce this as well.

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There are some people out there that erroneously claim that the maskless or reverse masked coloration comes from a "mix" added into the German Shepherd breed, or that it is something "new" that is recent to the breed. This is completely untrue. Without even mentioning the above reference to the Rin Tin Tins of early television fame, or the original Littlest Hobo of around the same era, many old German Shepherd books, magazines and movies depict this coloration and believe it was more common back then.

Dog World 1949 - maskless, faded mask, reverse masked German Shepherds Strongheart and Lady Jule, circa 1920s

Click on the above images to enlarge. In the Gatesheath ad, you can see all three: a faded mask, a maskless dog as well as a reverse masked German Shepherd.

Check out this interesting link to look German Shepherds in early movies. There are a few maskless and faded masks.

Again, while these are not commonly seen colors, it is absolutely something produced within the German Shepherd breed. The dogs pictured on this page are dogs that are owned or produced by us. We will occasionally produce these unique variations in both short and long coats in the future as some of our dogs do carry the recessive gene for maskless coloration, and others for the markings which would apply to reverse masking. Contact us about upcoming litters if you are interested in this coloration!

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