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White German Shepherd: Temperament, Exercise, Health (American White Shepherd)
Group: AKC Herding
Also Known As: American White
Shepherd, Canadian White Shepherd, Berger Blanc
About White German Shepherd
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The White Shepherd is descended
from the German Shepherd Dog. The gene that
makes them white is a natural allele in the
total color genetic makeup. This has been
chosen and bred for so that there is little
mixing of dog breeds or lines. They are pure
in the United States just as they are in Europe
and in Canada.
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A General Appearance
of the Dog
White Shepherds look just
like normal German Shepherds except that they
are totally white. White Shepherd Dogs are
well-proportioned, muscular yet trim dogs
with pricked (stand up) ears. It is agile
and quick. The noble-looking White Shepherd
is well-balanced, longer than it is tall.
He has almond-shaped eyes with a lively, intelligent
expression. His bushy tail hangs down.
The White Shepherd is a trotting
dog who moves smoothly and rhythmically, covering
a lot of ground quickly. Its stride is long, quick,
and easy. The hindquarters seem to deliver a power
thrust that propels the front end forward. The dog
can easily spring from its hindquarters, jumping
up or forward to quite a distance.
The White Shepherd is totally
white or cream colored.
There are three coat types: rough
(relatively short with undercoat), long rough (longer
with undercoat), and long-haired (without undercoat).
The White Shepherd Dog coat is
relatively short with an obvious undercoat. This
is quite waterproof. Some dogs are born with long
coats which usually, though not always, are devoid
of undercoat. Such coats are more difficult to groom,
but many pet owners seem to like the long-coated
version. The normal coat is dominant to the long
version, so there are three kinds of coat: normal,
normal but carrying the long coat gene, and long.
About 10% of the pups are born long-coated.
Males: 24-26 inches
Females: 22-24 inches
Temperament of the Dog
White Shepherds love to be close
to their families and are very loyal and protective
of their families. They are very eager and alert.
They have a high capacity for learning and love
to learn. They are obedient and cheerful and very
seldom show any stubbornness because they are eager
White Shepherds should not be
left alone for long periods of time. They must be
thoroughly socialized and firmly obedience trained
from an early age and throughout their lives. A
very firm yet loving attitude is necessary with
a Shepherd throughout its life. Normally, Shepherds
are not barkers but will bark as a warning of perceived
The White Shepherd Dog does not
give affection lightly; it is also known as a "one-man"
breed for its tendency to display serious loyalty
and fidelity, especially to its owner or main caretaker.
He is a bold and punishing fighter if he needs to
White Shepherds are used for guard
work and search and rescue because they are fearless,
direct, calm, confident, and intelligent. Aggression
and attacks are usually a result of poor breeding
or poor adjustment, handling, or training.
If you start young and teach your
puppy its order in your "pack" (all members
of the family have to be Alpha), problems with training
will be minimized. However, White Shepherds tend
to have more dominant personalities than some breeds.
Classes are extremely helpful. A White Shepherd
Dog that thinks it's the Alpha member of the pack
can be difficult to handle or have as a family member.
White Shepherds love jobs. They
are used as guard dogs, in police work, to sniff
out drugs, as guides for the blind and deaf, in
search and rescue, and for military work. As a family
dog, your White Shepherd will enjoy obedience, agility,
flyball, tracking activities, and schutzhund. Alsatians
regularly win advanced obedience and field trials.
Research carefully before getting
a White Shepherd. Get to know both parents and any
other relatives to make sure of the personality.
Unfortunately some breeders are offering shy and
nervous Alsatians for sale. These dogs should be
avoided at all costs as they can be dangerous. Also,
assess the diseases in the lineage.
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
A White Shepherd can be kept in
an apartment, but much prefers living where he has
a fenced yard for exercise. He will enjoy a brisk,
long walk each day – or, after he is a year
old, he can job or go with you when you bike or
rollerblade. If he is underexercised, he will become
destructive (especially as a youngster). He can
be outdoors a large part of the day as long as he
has sufficient time with his family.
Are they suited to homes
A well-bred White Shepherd will
do fine in a household with children, especially
older children. He will need daily exercise and
some activity to keep his mind busy. Children should
be taught how to handle the dog and not to hit or
yell at him.
How Active is the Breed?
The White Shepherd is very active
throughout his life; however, he is fairly quiet
when indoors. He will need daily exercise and some
activity to keep his mind busy. Some kind of daily,
active exercise is necessary. Many enjoy catching
balls or Frisbees®.
How Much Exercise Does
the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?
White Shepherd puppies will be
pretty rambunctious. Outdoor play and some training
(like obedience) will help to keep his body and
mind busy. He will enjoy a brisk, long walk each
day – or, after he is a year old, he can job
or go with you when you bike or rollerblade. If
he is underexercised, he will become destructive
(especially as a youngster).
All three coat types are shed
throughout the year with heavy shedding in spring
and fall. Weekly brushing is a must with daily brushing
during the spring and fall.
Hereditary diseases include hip
and elbow dysplasia (OFA certification of good on
both parents is essential), blood disorders, digestive
problems, malabsorption syndrome, degenerative joint
disease, epilepsy, chronic eczema, eye inflammation,
skin and coat problems and allergies. Autoimmune
diseases like Lupus are beginning to show up in
Unfortunately some breeders are
offering shy and nervous Alsatians for sale. These
dogs should be avoided at all costs as they can
Breeding the Dog and any
You will want to have your dog’s
hips and elbows certified before breeding.
Litter Size: 8
– 10 puppies are common for White Shepherds.
Life Span: The
life span of the White Shepherd is about 12 years.
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National Breed Clubs
US – American White Shepherd Association –
Other Recognition: WGSDCV,
FCI, UKC, NKC, AWSA, APRI, WSSDCA
The White Shepherd is registered
as a White Shepherd with the American White Shepherd
Association (AWSA) and the United Kennel Club (UKC).
The Federation Cynologique Internationale
(FCI) recognizes it as a Berger Blanc Swiss, the
same name the White Swiss Shepherd Dog Club of Australia
(WSSDCA) uses. Other clubs such as the American
Kennel Club (AKC) do not recognize the White Shepherd
as a separate breed and call the white color a disqualification.
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