Unusually Colored Dogs Part 3 – Panda German Shepherd

Recently, this dog showed up in the Westside German Shepherd Rescue of Los Angeles. I’m skeptical of most so-called “Panda German Shepherds”, but this girl looks like the real thing. Her name is Stella von Springe, she’s 2 years old, and was adopted very quickly!

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They do call her a mix on her profile, but she’s far more convincing than most Panda Shepherds. Take a look at the shape of her ears and nose. Combined with the brown eyes, I’d be willing to accept that she’s pure GSD.
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After seeing Stella, I went off on a Google Image search looking for more. This dog looks like he could be a pure German Shepherd. It looks like he has brown eyes, which matches up with that idea. It’s interesting how similar his markings are to Stella’s.

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Here’s another “Panda German Shepherd”. This one I have some doubts about. The blue eyes suggest that he might have some Husky or maybe Australian Cattle Dog in his blood, although the facial structure is strongly influenced by his GSD heritage and he looks too large for an Aussie to make sense.

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This puppy was labeled as a Panda German Shepherd on Pinterest, but I wasn’t able to find any more info or pictures. She’s gorgeous, but she’s definitely a mix. I’m putting my money on Husky. Those eyes are truly fantastic, whatever she is.

079e46d58f8631e1b3d8e8436b75ce84Do I sound a little snobby about German Shepherds? I might be. The dogs below represent my “ideal” for GSDs. I love the extra dark ones!

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I’d love to get a German Shepherd eventually. Oddly enough, they seem to be Quincy’s favorite breed. He always makes a b line to them at the park and tries to play. It’s probably because I boarded one for a few weeks when Quincy was younger. Whatever the reason, I’m sure he’ll be excited when the time comes to add another dog.

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Have you seen a Panda German Shepherd before? Or another striking GSD mix? Tell us about it in the comments!

20 Comments

  1. DZ Dogs

    What cool colors! I love black shepards, but I could never deal with all that hair again. LoL We had a GSD who was a retired bomb dog, they are really smart. 🙂

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    1. ryan (Post author)

      I’ve only had to deal with shepherd hair for a couple weeks at a time. I’ll definitely need a better vacuum before I get one of my own! The dog I boarded constantly amazed me with his intelligence. Some stuff you just can’t teach; he knew things other dogs rarely pick up on.

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  2. Jen Gabbard

    I’ve never seen a Panda Shepherd before; it’s definitely a striking look – but then again I think all Shepherds are beautiful. And yes I’m probably biased because my mutt resembled a Shepherd 🙂 In the future I might consider adopting an older Shepherd or Shepherd mix – they’re absolutely wonderful and loyal – but I don’t think I’d want to deal with the puppy phase again.

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    1. ryan (Post author)

      I plan to get one eventually, but I may skip the puppy phase too. I got both of my dogs as adults. While I do wish I had puppy pictures, it was way easier than raising a puppy! The rescue I mentioned in this post frequently has 18 month old gorgeous dogs. I’m baffled at how so many people give them up,but that’s probably the perfect option for me when I adopt.

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      1. Jen Gabbard

        The 18 month range does seem like a popular time for dogs being surrendered and it is quite baffling. Puppy photos would be nice; but when I think back and remember all the puppy teeth bite marks I quickly forget about it 🙂

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  3. Jennifer

    I’ve never seen or heard of a Panda Shepherd before. Yet after seeing these gorgeous pictures of Stella, I am going to keep my eyes out for this breed. I will also question if I see a dog like Stella if the dog is truly a Panda Shepherd or a mix. Thank you for introducing me to this breed.

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    1. ryan (Post author)

      I’m not sure if any of them are actually purebred, but they’re beautiful!

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    2. S.M. Welton

      Just stumbled onto this article about the Panda German Shepherd. I had never heard of a Panda GSD either, until June 21st, 2015, when I picked one out and brought her home at 9 weeks of age. I just LOVE Juliet, and she exhibits all of the GSD character traits of the standard GSD, she just looks different color-wise. Panda’s are about 35% white, when pie-bald color markings. Most have 4 white paws, and their nails are white in color. Panda’s will also have dark ticking marks on their muzzle, and most will have a white tip on their tail. They can be hard to find, I just happened to stumble upon this one at a breeders home in Ohio. I would paste a pic, but I can’t seem to do it on here…
      Panda’s have been genetically tested and they indeed 100% GSD…

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  4. Amanda

    AHHH I LOVE German Shepherds! The ones you have posted are magnificent. I hope to rescue one someday.

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    1. ryan (Post author)

      Me too! So many young ones end up in rescue, as well as some great older dogs. I had to stop looking at the rescue Facebook pages for a while because I wanted them all!

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  5. Dolly the Doxie

    The dogs are beautiful, and much more beautiful than a pure GSD. Although I’ve never been found of the breed for some reason. I feel bad for the one on our morning walks. I don’t know why they bought him, of all breeds, or adopted, they live in a tiny house with little or no yard and don’t walk him to the park less than a block away. Why do people get dogs like that I don’t understand.

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    1. ryan (Post author)

      Poor dog. Doesn’t sound like a good situation at all.

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  6. Robin

    I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a Panda German Shepherd before.They are really beautiful though! I love German Shepherds. I’ve known several and they have all been great dogs.

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  7. Lara Elizabeth

    I love unusual markings and these dogs are gorgeous! I had a pure black Chow/GSD mix and like another commenter said…I do not miss the hair.

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    1. ryan (Post author)

      Sounds beautiful, but how many vacuums did he kill? lol

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  8. Tenacious Little Terrier

    Are those markings accepted as part of the standard? I know with Yorkies, breeders who breed for blond, red, chocolate ones are not responsible breeders.

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    1. ryan (Post author)

      No, not at all. White of any kind is a disqualification, except solid white, which I believe is considered a separate breed and still not widely accepted. The only times I’ve seen people selling “Panda German Shepherds”, they were very clearly mixed breed dogs that the “breeder” was lying about and trying to pass off as ridiculously expensive “rare” Pandas. I’m not sure if purebred Panda German Shepherds actually exist.

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  9. Jody Miller-Young

    Really interesting, Ryan! i’ve never heard of nor seen a Panda German Shepherd. I’m a big GSD fan, too. I had a gorgeous one, India, for 13+ years. She was the brightest, most loyal dog. I adored her and still miss her. How common are the pandas?

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    1. ryan (Post author)

      They’re rare or non existent. They may all be mix breeds, but some people claim they’re real.

      I took care of a GSD for a few weeks. He was amazingly smart. He blew me away. Someday I’ll get one of my own.

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  10. It's Dog or Nothing

    Wow – how cool is that! I just love the coloring!

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