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Description

Other than colour the White Shepherd is very similar to the German Shepherd in most respects and as a matter of fact, white shepherds have been known to appear in litters from coloured German Shepherd parents, if those parents have the relevant genes. White Shepherds were permitted to be registered in Australia until 1994 when the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) restricted the breed to a limited register. Unfortunately the Whites placed on this limited register are not permitted to breed, however they will have papers. The German Shepherd breed standard stating that white German shepherds are regarded as a 'serious fault' and White Shepherd owners are fearing that classing these dogs in such a way, without allowing whites to breed or being recognized as a separate breed will sadly result in healthy white pups being killed rather than being placed on the limited register.

 

Temperament

An intelligent dog, they do require early socialization and obedience training as it is not readily trusting of strangers though very loyal to its family.  It is believed that the White Shepherd may be quieter, more placid and not as excitable than their cousin the German Shepherd.

 

Appearance

Height:   55-65cm  (22-26in)

Weight:   35-40kg  (77-85lb)

When these dogs are born they have a very white coat with possibly some apricot colouring to the flanks however, as they age the coat may become more of a pronounced apricot colour due to the development of the harsh outer coat.   Just as with the German Shepherd, whites will usually have a short coat, however long coats are sometimes seen and even though many breeders of German Shepherds believe that whites are albinos and should be eliminated from the breed, they are not prone to the problems associated with Albinism.

 

Grooming

The White Shepherd does shed its coat continually and is quite a heavy shedder approaching the warmer months and daily brushing will be required at this time.  Otherwise as with the German Shepherd, this dog should be groomed once a week. If you don't have the time to bath or groom your dog, your local dog grooming salon provides these services.

 

Life Expectancy

12-13 Years

 

Health Concerns

Any health problems associated with them would be those which are also common to the German Shepherd, such as hip and elbow dysplasia. Even though these are white dogs, they do not have any predisposition to suffer from conditions such as skin cancers, blindness or deafness and as a matter of fact, there is no more likelihood for them to suffer skin cancers than in any other breed of dog.

 

Suitability

These dogs are suitable for active people who have plenty of room for a pet with a well fenced medium to large sized yard.  They do require daily exercise such as walking or running and time should also be spent on obedience training.

 

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Working dogs; This group  includes more breeds than any other. These dogs were bred to do a variety of work from guarding, herding, pulling sleds,  and rescue for example. A few in this group include German Shepherd, Old English Sheepdog, Newfoundland to mention a few.

 

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