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White German Shepherd: Temperament, Exercise, Health (American White Shepherd)

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About White German Shepherd

Country of Origin, History of White German Shepherds

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.

Coat Color

The White Shepherd is totally white or cream colored.

Coat Type

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

Weight: 75-90 lbs

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White German Shepherd Personality Traits

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The Spanish Water Dog is an extremely intelligent, fearless, ever-active, strong, attentive, happy and well balanced versatile working dog with strong herding, hunting and guardian instincts. It is a devoted companion. It is reserved, not shy, with strangers. They can be protective and territorial.

Are they suited to families with kids?

Most of them are good with children and other animals if properly socialized.

White German Shepherd Activity Level

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.

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Health and Care

Genetic Problems

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 White Shepherds.

Unfortunately some breeders are offering shy and nervous Alsatians for sale. These dogs should be avoided at all costs as they can be dangerous.

Breeding the Dog and any Cautions

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.

National Breed Clubs

National Breed Clubs

US – American White Shepherd Association –


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.

Group: Herding Group

AKC Popularity Ranking: Not recognized by AKC

Also Known As: American White Shepherd, Canadian White Shepherd, Berger Blanc Swiss

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