What is a "Blue" German Shepherd, Dutch Shepherd or Malinois?
Blue is considered to be a dilution gene, actually named an "allele", that is found naturally. Both parents have to have this allele in their genes to be able to produce a blue puppy.
The blue pup will be blue, or gun metal gray, where another pup would be black. In my German Shepherds, I've had blue "black and tans", blue sables, and blue blacks.
Blue puppies are very attractive.. with light "baby blue" eyes, and stand out in any litter. However, when adult, it can be very hard to tell the difference between a blue and another colored dog in the German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois breed. The blue Dutch Shepherd is much more noticable. These dogs are as healthy and long lived as any of my dogs.
The two photos immediately below show two German Shepherd littermates. These pups are out of P1 Cher Car's A Shout in the Woods X Cher Car's Hey Jude. Both are female. The blue puppy is a blue sable, while the other pup is a traditional black and tan.