We always defer to breed experts (especially when it comes to color genetics), but to our knowledge, the very first registered German Shepherd Dog was sable in color. German Shepherd Dog coat colors in order of dominance are golden sable, black and tan, bi-color, and finally, black. Sable is never recessive, and a pup can’t be sable unless at least one of her parents is a sable. Black is completely recessive to all other genes, so both parents must give a black gene for a puppy to be black, and the only color that dog will pass on to its puppies is black. GSD friends, share your insights so that we may all learn.