This is quote from topic about long haired GSD:
"Are white German Shepherds AKC (American Kennel Club) or CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) registerable? Yes.
If both of the parents (regardless of color) are registered with the AKC or CKC as German Shepherds, then any resulting puppy would be fully registerable as a German Shepherd Dog
. While the white dogs can no longer compete in the breed (conformation) ring in AKC or CKC, they are fully eligible to compete in any and all performance events sponsored by either registry. Neither AKC nor CKC restrict registration of a German Shepherd Dog based on its color."
"Color does not affect the dog's physical structure, personality, temperament or trainability"
Now is case of cooners judged differently?
by this standards: http://www.akc.org/breeds/black_tan_coonhound/index.cfm
my dog gets penalized in 2 fields only , but a lot in both. Way too much tan colour, and ears too short. Hes also already bigger than ideal but proportions are there.
"The characteristics and courage of the Coonhound also make him proficient on the hunt for deer, bear, mountain lion and other big game."-thats what Rocky was bred for. Not for the colour, but for the size and strenth. As I said, by hunters for hunting.
Congrats. You will be amazed what they can do when you dont look
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