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Sable Fever Shepherds


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.

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





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 who carries the recessive black gene, half the litter should be black and half sable. If Raven was bred to a black stud,all the puppies would be black. 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 any place 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 staring at the camera, posing for her picture.

Raven: all black female staring into camera






A beautiful alert Raven.






This handsome dog belongs to one of our daughters and her husband who live in San Francisco.
His name is Sagan and he's the whole package: intelligence, looks, protection, and companionship.


Whare are my presents?


Our daughter and her husband have taken Sagan to advanced 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.





Gandolph's last night with us. He will
live in Fort Collins, Colorado.
8 week old Samsara lives in
Fountain, Colorado.
Her owner couldn't help but name this little lady, Raven the Second
Raven the Second


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, Colorado.







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







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







Torvi, a female Czech sable is living in Puerto Rico and works for thd FBI.

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




Beautiful Alaska lives in San Francisco, California.
Nothing beats a GSD head tilt!!
Welll Hello!
Yes I am beautiful!




Delta who lives in Colorado Springs, is a true Silver Sable!




A very regal adult Admiral lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Admiral as a three month old puppy .
Admiral, all grown up.
Little Admiral




Three month old Indy and his Pit Bull buddy.
Handsome Indy lives in Fountain, Colorado.
Indy and friend.




Ten week old Kai and her constant 2 yr old companion of whom she has taken total custody!
Now as a protective adult, Kai patiently watchers over her new little charge ... Precious!

Kai and friend





Raven's 2020 Puppies

So black he's blue.








Nugget's 2020 Puppies







Here are some photos of Nugget as a puppy and as a grown up. Nugget currently weighs 95 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 got cut short by her grandmother Xena, her mother Raven, and even our cat Skitzo.

Nugget 2020


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


Nugget as a sweet puppy

Xena teaching young Nugget


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



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


Nugget taking a break from her pups.
Nugget's eyes!





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

.Xena, the ranch matriarch passed in 2021. We imported Xena in March of 2012. Constantly on the move, Xena needed the ranch and the ranch needed her. She was a highly driven, intense GSD, who demanded a full time job. We used 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









Thank you Xena for giving so much to the ranch and us.
, proud and protective mother, lives on through our litters.
RIP sweet girl!



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.


 at play






Raven and Nugget 2020

spring 2020 Raven and Nugget




Call us if you wish to be placed on the wait list for future litters.

Puppies are $2500 for sables and $2700 for blacks.
A $500 deposit will put you in line to reserve your choice according to submission order.


Sable Fever Shepherds

Pat Binger


Spotted Fever Brand

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