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Welcome to Sable Fever Shepherds, a division of Spotted Fever Ranch. We are so proud of our sable German Shepherds that we created this webpage to share them with you. We have had several types of German Shepherds in the past, and we researched long and hard before we decided to purchase our first Czech GSD import. Why Czech? Why imported? We wanted to avoid inherent hip and elbow problems so common among American bred GSD's.We wanted the whole package: health, longevity, companionship, protection, loyalty, and the ability to take these dogs as far as their capabilities will allow them to go.

Our sable German Shepherds are raised on our working ranch in southern Colorado. Highly intelligent, their bloodlines have been used for police work, tracking, search and rescue, narcotics detection, and personal protection. We use them for moving and herding our cattle! They make loyal and wonderful family members. Many people refer to this line of breeding as "fifteen year dogs" as their health and physical well being usually results in a companion that is with us considerably longer than the typical large breed dog.

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Note: our shepherds Xena, Raven, and Nugget have been hip and elbow x-rayed, and tested for degenerative myelopathy. The tests show good on hips and elbows and clear for DM. We only have one litter per year and it is usually a mixture of sables and blacks.

We haven't updated our Sable Fever Shepherds webpage in WAY too long and for this we apologize. Rick and I have been busy with the SFR Guest Ranch, raising horses and cattle,and PUPPIES!! Now it's time to show off our litters and share the exciting news about Nugget's upcoming litter in the fall of 2019


Please enjoy these pictures and contact us if you are interested in getting on our puppy waiting list.

 

 


 

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Raven: all black female mom of current litter

.This is Raven, our solid black Czech female. The solid black shepherds are fairly rare and only occur if each sable parent has a recessive black gene and passes it. This will occur 25% of the time. Raven, therefore, carries two recessive black genes and when mated with a male like Vigo, who carries the recessive black gene, half the litter should be black and half sable, which is exactly what happened. If Raven was bred to a black stud, all the puppies would be black. The black shepherds are usually a little longer and a little slighter in build. Raven is bigger than average for a Czech bred female and always has a very shiny coat, which we really admire. We can never take her anyplace without people inquiring about and admiring her for the unusual dog that she is. We will keep this site updated on how well she does passing this shine gene on to her pups.

 

Raven: all black female mom of current litter


Our daughter says that this is a picture of the ranch and a cut out of a GSD!
Yes, Raven is THAT black! She is an excellent companion dog whose color, conformation, and amber eyes keep strangers naturally at bay. She's friendly, very vocal, and an excellent mom.

 

Raven: all black female staring into camera

Raven staring at the camera, posing for her picture.

 

Raven had a litter of six puppies in February of 2019: 3 black; 3 sable and within that mix, 3 males and 3 females. Perfection! All the puppies have been placed in fantastic homes and the owners are as pleased as we are. We bred Raven to a stud by the name of Kong from CQB K9 Personal Protection Dogs. They produced a beautiful litter of pups!

 

 

Enjoy these pictures of their litter.

The owner couldn't help but name
this little lady Raven the Second!

10 week old Kai and her constant 2 yr old companion of whom she has taken total protective custody! Precious!

Eight week old Samsara lives in Fountain, CO..
Raven ll
Kai and friend
Samsara

 

Three month old Indy and his Pit Bull buddy.
Three month old Admiral who lives in Albuquerque .
Indy and friend.
Little Admiral

 

 


 

 

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This fine dog is Kong of CQB K9 Personal Protection Dogs.

 

Kong
Kong

 

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Cuddly puppies with totally smitten humans!!.

.We like to keep our litters close to our living space and well socialized. This litter was 5 weeks old when our kids and grandkids came for Christmas. No one wanted to play with their gifts; just the puppies!!! Can you blame them... (smile)

 

Our puppies being family...now that is socialization.

The new puppies first real meal

 

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little cuddle bun
alert puppy
warm, soft, love

 

   
sable puppy

 

 


 

This handsome dog belongs to one of our daughters and her husband who live in San Francisco.
His name is Sagan. He's the whole package: intelligence, looks, protection, and companionship
He is from Maximus' and Xena's first litter in February of 2014.

 

Handsome Sagan

 

Hello

 

 

Our daughter and her husband are taking Sagan through PSA training. He took to it naturally and they were amazed.
They said it was like someone unzipped him and out came a personality that they did not know was there.
They are thrilled. Needless to say, NO ONE bothers them on the streets of San Francisco!

 

Sagan in very first session.

 

 


 

 

Vader:  a Raven litter mate at 3 months old with his family in Parker, Colorado

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This picture melts our hearts! This little puppy is from Maximus and Xena's 2014 litter. His name is Vadar. Vadar has taken total protective custody of this little girl. He checks on her at night and wakes her up for school in the morning. He plays games with her inside of cardboard box forts. He could not be with a better family.

.Juniper and Raven.

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Raven and litter mate Juniper at 6 months having a ranch play date.

 

 

 

 

Reina and Milo

 

 

 

Reina, in purple, having a last night snooze with her brother before she left to live in the state of New York. Six week old sable Czech GSD Milo went to live in Denver.

 

Panzer

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Panzer is living with our daughter's family in northern Colorado.

 

 

Axl

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Axl, a Czech black male GSD, is living with a family in Denver.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Torvi, a female Czech sable is living in Trinidad.

 

Torvi as a fluffy puppy.
Getting comfortable at home
Going through PSA Training
Sweet baby Torvi
PSA training

 

 

 


 

 

Here are some photos of Nugget as a puppy and as a grown up. Nugget is now a 3 year old and this will be her first litter. We will breed her to Kong of CQB K9 Personal Protection Dogs. Check out his pedigree on the CQB K9 Personal Protection Dogs website and Pedigree database.

Nugget currently weighs 87 pounds; large for a female. She is a wonderful companion and the most alpha dog on the ranch; at least that's how she views herself, but often gets cut short by her grandmother Xena, her mother Raven, and even our cat Skitzo.

 

We just had to keep this little one: Nugget.
Who says dogs and cats don't mix?
Pat, Nugget, and Rick Nugget and Skitzo

 

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Nugget as a sweet puppy

Xena teaching young Nugget
 
 

 

Hanging out in the kitchen.
 
Nugget playing in the water with Raven.
 

 

Nugget on deck.
Nugget visiting the vet for check up.

 

 

 


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Xena: grand dam of current litter and Raven's dam

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Xena, the ranch matriarch. We imported Xena in March of 2012. Constantly on the move, Xena needs the ranch and the ranch needs her. She is a highly driven, intense GSD, who demands a full time job. We use Xena to drive our cattle.
(Step aside Australian Shepherds!) Her intensity made it difficult for her to resettle into a pregnancy so we had her spayed. It did not lessen her intensity but made her into a wonderful companion dog as well as the Ranch Manager!

Xena: grand dam of current litter and Raven's dam

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Xena, proud and protective mother.

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Maximus was our first Czech GSD import and he got us hooked. He was, unfortunately, stolen from us. We only hope that whoever
has him is being good to him. Three days before Max was stolen, we mated him with Xena. She produced a litter of 5
beautiful pups some of whom are pictured on this page..

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Maximus



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Put in your reservation now for Nugget's litter due fall of 2019

Puppies will run $2000 for sables and $2200 for blacks.
A $500 deposit will put you in line to reserve your choice according to submission order.
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Sable Fever Shepherds

Pat Binger
970-980-7652
patbinger@yahoo.com

 

 

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