Most people understand black:
Many understand black and tan:
Dakota as a pup
On the right, Bree, with the familiar black and tan markings.
But what tends to get people confused is the sable. Sable means that the dog’s undercoat is a different color than the top coat, often giving a wolflike look. But other times a sable dog may look a lot like a black and tan. Here is a sampling of our sable German Shepherds: