Bearded Dragon Selective Breeding and Color Varieties

Just like with most selective breeding of reptiles, bearded dragons are sometimes targeted as projects themselves. What happens is if there are some bearded dragons that have some unique traits, say they’re large, they have really bright colors, or whatever the case may be, the end result is new bearded dragons with even more stronger of those listed traits. So let’s say you have a couple of bearded dragons that have yellow around there jaws. Then you decide to breed them, the end result would be a set of bearded dragons that have even more yellow around there jaws, then their offspring would have more yellow, and so on until you would have a set that would show almost a full yellow body. While this may seem like an easy task it should really be left to a professional breeder. The reason you can’t just breed brother and sister, is because every time you breed you run the risk of increasing defects and genetic deformities. There’s a lot of risk involved and need to really know what you’re doing in order to have success with this type of method. The rest of us can still, profit from the selective breeding projects of those experts in the form of new and stunning varieties of bearded dragon.

Sandfire Bearded Dragons

Sandfire bearded dragons first appeared in the early 1990’s. There one of the first genetically manipulated bearded dragons. They are selective bred from other bearded dragon that has most orange and red in their natural coloration. The name sandfire came from the sandfire dragon ranch where they were first produced by their owner Bob Mailloux. The sandfire dragons that are mostly a crimson and fire-red color are called sandfire reds, and those that are rich yellow and mustard golden are called sandfire golds.

Gold Dragons

Another color would be the gold dragon which first started in the 1990s. These are bred from dragons that have both red and golden hues. These dragons also may share some genetics with the sandfire dragons.


These dragons are sort of a mix between the great red coloring of the sandfire dragons and the bright gold coloring of the gold dragons. The head and jaws are bright yellow and there flanks are a crimson color, they are really something to look at. Some may even say that they appear to be radioactive, because they are so bright.


These are also known as ruby red. These are bred from dragons that have a lot of red in their coloring. These may appear as if there drenched in blood.

Pale Varieties

Not everybody seems to like these red, yellow, and golden animals. But that’s OK since there’s a wide selection of different color varieties to choose from. There is the leucistic dragon. This dragon is almost completely white. These are not albino but they look just like a ghost. There are true albino dragons that do exist, and also they have some that are called snow- dragons that are a similar all white coloration as the leucistic dragon.

German Giants

The German giants are bred from beardies that are larger in size and a have more of a sturdier bone structure. These types of beardies were imported to Germany in the 1980’s and therefore adopted the name German Giants. To compare one of these to a standard sized dragon, a German giant is around 50 % heavier than regular dragons. Also the German giant female may lay around 65 eggs and a standard bearded dragon female may have around 25- 28 eggs. When first deciding what color variation to buy as a first time dragon purchase, I recommend buying a regular one bought at your local pet store. The reason is so that you may see if being a beardie keeper is your cup of tea, if not then selling one is a lot easier than it would be to buy a more rare color variation and try to sell it. Plus it’s also a lot more expensive to buy one of these rare dragons.