Most breeders have some way of identifying puppies when they are born, so they can keep track of things like who is getting pushed aside, who is whining a lot, and who is first to nurse most often. In small litters or ones where there are obvious characteristics like different colors, marking the puppies may not be necessary. But with a litter of 11 all Black and Tan German Shepherd puppies, Rick-rack is the way to go. It helps so much when evaluating temperaments as they get older, because it is very visible from a distance when they are out playing in the yard. Here’s Jane with her now very colorful puppies.

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