Solid black is a normal color variation of the German shepherd and has no effect on other characteristics of the breed. The coat of a German shepherd can also be blue or liver, although these colors are less standard.
German shepherds are large, athletic dogs capable of reaching 26 inches at the shoulder and weighing over 80 pounds. The German shepherd is among the most intelligent of all breeds and is recognized for its capacity for working with humans. German shepherds are courageous, loyal and affectionate. Due to the strong prey instinct of the breed, it is best to socialize the German shepherd with smaller pets from an early age.