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Liver German Shepherd Information

The liver German Shepherd Dog (GSD) has been kept undercover for far too long.  Some breeders thought that another male had gotten to their female and the resulting brown looking puppy was a mutt.  Others knew what they were and put them down as they did not want anyone to know they were producing anything other than traditional colored shepherds.  However, with the canine genomic project and strong breeders who stood their ground for this color of GSD, they are beginning to be seen in several countries.

I have always admired the liver coloration and wanted to incorporate liver into my breeding program; however, I found it to be difficult in the beginning to find them especially with AKC full registration as the breeders that did allow them to live, only sold on limited registration for fear that they were not as healthy as their colored siblings.

I came across a litter of four liver female puppies and between myself and my best friend, Dawn, we rounded up three of the four, and the last sister went to a fellow liver lover.  My search was far from over since the liver gene is inherited autosomal recessive I had to find a male that carried liver or was liver himself.  Finally, I found an awesome four year old male, Dutch, for sale.  His owner drove him to my kennel and I was in love as he is a big social, warm, gentle giant but will protect in a heart beat.

Shortly after I found him, the liver pups arrived and I knew I wanted to go with chocolate names for my liver shepherds. 

Chocolate is a much more flattering word for these majestically colored GSD.

I now own and /or co-own these liver GSD , click for more information:

  • Godiva - Liver / tan long coat female - now retired
  • Choca - Liver / tan female, unrelated - now retired
  • Carmella - Liver sable, Daughter to Rusty & Cinnamon - now retired
  • Russell Stover - Liver / tan long coat male
  • Toffifay - Liver / tan long coat female, only related to her brother: Russell Stover - now retired
  • Lindor - Solid liver male, same sire as Russell Stover & Toffifay - retired to another kennel
  • Kahlua - upcoming long coat liver/tan female -
  • Mudslide - upcoming long coat liver/tan male - sister to Kahlua

Click here to see pictures of the liver colored GSD.  

The Liver gene is an incomplete black color, thus giving all areas of the GSD that would normally appear black be a chocolate color.  This gene is recessive just like the white and blue genes. This shade of chocolate ranges from a milk chocolate color to a semi sweet dark chocolate color. Since the colors and patterns are separate, they can come in all patterns: saddle back, bi-color, sable, solids, and in the future we may see panda patterned livers.

Many well known GSD carry this liver gene and have produced outstanding liver colored GSD pups.

So, if Chocolate is your forte’, then you have come to the right place.
Pedigree’s are available upon request

The goal with our Liver GSD matings is to increase the limited gene pool, create more liver carrier GSD, work to produce Isabella, and to produce the color liver itself.

We are looking forward to meeting like minded people that want to work with the dilutes as well.

We are open to discussing medical and color questions for anyone interested. We can now send in DNA of any GSD to a lab and have it tested to see if it carries the ‘liver’ gene.