A Panda German Shepherd dog is a variation of the German Shepherd breed based on coat colors and markings. This variation is known for having white markings on single color or bicolor coats.
These markings usually occur on the face, neck, chest, and limbs. They may also occur on the belly area and the back, but this is not a very common feature.
The color is as a result of a genetic mutation with a dominant gene. This means only one parent needs to be a Panda GSD for there to be the likelihood of the puppies displaying the trait.
More often than not, the white markings on a Panda German Shepherd are random. However, there are instances where the markings appear symmetrical. All this is genetically determined.
Here are a few more traits you can expect from the purebred Panda German Shepherd as well as how they compare with other, more standard coat types.
Size and build
The Panda German Shepherd variety is generally similar in size to most other German Shepherd varieties.
They fall within the same medium to large dog category with a weight range of 50 to 90 pounds and a height range of 22 to 26 inches. They also have the same build which includes a muscular and proportional body.
Facial and skull features
The Panda German Shepherd also has the same long snout and large, perky ears. The main difference you may notice is the lack of the German Shepherd black face mask as the snout and chin often have white markings.
The eye color on these Panda German Shepherds is usually either brown or amber. This is unlike other coat color variations like white where the genes responsible also affect eye color. With this one, only the coat color is influenced by the mutation.