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by duke1965 on 04 May 2015 - 18:05

I am planning to breed to a strong dog with reversed mask, most people respond that they dont like it and why dont breed to a nice darksable or black

I want the dog for its qualitys, not for looks

what would you do

by Hired Dog on 04 May 2015 - 18:05

You breed dogs for police work, yes? Then you must know this, when a police dog bites, his looks account for nothing..


by susie on 04 May 2015 - 18:05

I would do what I want to do - nothing else.

by Ibrahim on 04 May 2015 - 19:05

Can't you find a strong dog that looks nicer? I hate his mask, looks ugly to me. No offense, you asked for opinions, that's my sincere one.



by Nans gsd on 04 May 2015 - 19:05

If he produces everything you want;  go ahead and use him.  Your not producing beauty pageant dogs. 


PS:  the one thing that does come to mind with a light face is I personally do not think they are as intimidating and a black faced dog.  JMHO.  Nan

by joanro on 04 May 2015 - 19:05

Great eyes, great teeth, strong dog = breed it.


by bubbabooboo on 04 May 2015 - 19:05

I doubt it is a dominant heritable trait unless both parents carry it.  Likely a recessive like solid black .. black to black = black or black to anything else .. no black to some black or a multiple allele so that few or none will get the reverse mask.  I would only worry if I wanted the reverse mask as you are unlikely to get it in the offspring.  I don't have time to research it at the moment so this is an opinion and not a fact .. very little about color genetics and coat patterns is absolute anyway.  Guidelines but not rules.

by duke1965 on 04 May 2015 - 19:05

several dogs in that litter have this mask, LOL most responses I get are similar as Ibrahims

this is a brother of him

by joanro on 04 May 2015 - 19:05

I had a female with reverse mask that all the pups in first and second litter had it bred to a very dark sable male with all most blk face. Her greatgrand pups have it from out of a dark sable female. I love the reverse mask.


by Jenni78 on 04 May 2015 - 19:05

Dear Lord....Breed the strongest dog. Period. Breed the dog to the best dog you can find who can compensate for faults as best you can.

I'd love to see the ped....Ex Reidstern? Many swear reverse masked dogs also often carry some of the strongest, most prepotent traits desired for work. I don't have enough personal experience with reverse mask dogs to say whether I've seen it myself, but I've heard it too many times to say it's impossible. I believe and have seen it with my own eyes many times that some very good temperament traits seem to be bundled with certain physical traits, recessive included. I've had/seen pairings where the pups of a certain color or pattern tend to be strongly one way vs. the others and it repeats itself too many times to ignore the possibility that it's not coincidence.So much about genes is not fully understood. 

Honestly, I'd probably not sell a dog to someone who balked if I used a reverse mask for breeding. That would signify that we were not on the same page at all. That dog, and its littermate shown, have beautiful color and pigment. Those are things I'd worry about way before what type mask they have. 


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