When a long-haired German Shepherd dog is older, it is quite easy to tell the long coats from the medium-coats. This is because the fur is usually longer and at an angle to the skin giving the dog’s body an adorable, fluffy aesthetic.
When they are young, it might be a bit more difficult to tell if your dog is a long coat. Here are a few clues that may come in handy.
Typical German Shepherd aesthetic
This won’t necessarily help you distinguish puppies based on potential future coat characteristics. However, it will help you identify purebred German Shepherds.
German Shepherd are usually large in build with a muscular and proportional form. The snout is long with ears large and perky. When it comes to the coat color, you can expect a variety including sable, all, white, black, liver, and many others. However, most, with the exception of black and white, also have the classic German Shepherd snout mask.
Look at the parents
You could also tell whether or not the puppies will end up fluffy, long-haired varieties as well. This is because breeding for this long haired trait in German Shepherds is done from 2 long-haired German Shepherd parents. The gene responsible for this characteristic is actually a recessive gene. Therefore, if the puppy is bred from two long-haired German Shepherds, chances are that they will grow up to look and act the same.
Fluffier than other German Shepherd variations
Long-haired German Shepherds have a thick, fluffy coat which you will start to pick up on from about 6 months until they reach maturity. This is a completely subjective clue but one that could come in handy if you are not too bothered about whether or not the assessment will be accurate.