had never heard the term Panda German Shepherd much less know of their
existence until my close friend got one. “Panda” is the name of
the gene that is the result of a spontaneous mutation that occurred in
one puppy born to a pair of German Shepherds here in the US. I
use the term Panda to describe my AKC registered German Shepherd named Dare
as he has the mutated “Panda” gene, not to be confused with the S locus
that causes white spotting in the German Shepherd breed.
original pair of German Shepherds the produced the one puppy with this
white pattern and blue eyes had their DNA studied by UC Davis.
The DNA of the parents and the litter were authenticated as being from
their “Pedigreed” parents. Basically proving that the litter is
from it’s documented parents and that a ’traveling salesman’ is not the
culprit of the puppy with the white markings.
Panda Pattern puts white on the face/head, chest, feet, legs, tip of
tail much like that of the Collie—however the Panda gene is not related
to the gene responsible for the white on a Collie. It is a
dominant gene which means it only takes one parent to reproduce the
pattern. The pattern is secondary to the color and the original
pattern of the Dog. In other words the dog will still be either;
black/tan, blue/tan, liver/tan, blue sable, liver/sable, sable, or
solid blue, solid liver, solid black, etc... the dog with the Panda
Repeating the Panda pattern does not
interfere with any basic color or pattern and is secondary to it’s
color and pattern.
Finally my Dare
is a direct descendant of the Original Panda Frankie (Lewcinkas Franka
Vom Phenom). Frankie is my German Shepherd Dare’s Great Great
This is Dare at 4.5 wks old.
Click for Dare’s Page
do not confuse my AKC registered German Shepherds with this pattern
with those that are attempting to create a new breed “Panda Shepherds”
as mine are AKC registered German Shepherds that are affected by the