White Shepherd

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77-88 lbs
22-24"
North America, Europe
American-Canadian White Shepherd, Pastor Aleman Blanco Suizo, Pastor Blanco Suizo, Schäferhund, White German Shepherd, Weisser Schweizer, Weiße Schäferhunde, White Shepherd Dog, White GSD

The White Shepherd is very similar to his cousin the German Shepherd Dog. He is intelligent, courageous, fearless and obedient. The White Shepherd makes an excellent family companion and loves spending time with all members of the family. His protective instincts make him an ideal guard dog. He is naturally wary of strangers but rarely barks unless he is issuing a warning. He is eager to learn and training should be a breeze. The White Shepherd does need interaction with people and will become depressed or even destructive if left alone for too long. Be prepared to spend extra time with your White Shepherd if you work away from the home all day.

Purpose
Herding, Protection
Date of Origin
1900s
Ancestry
German Shepherd Dog

White Shepherd Health

Average Size
Male White Shepherd size stats
Height: 24-26 inches Weight: 77-88 lbs
Female White Shepherd size stats
Height: 22-24 inches Weight: 77-88 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Cobalamin Malabsorption
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Megaesophagus
  • Eye Problems
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Skin Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • CERF
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Yearly Physical Examination
  • OFA on hips and elbows

White Shepherd Breed History

The White Shepherd started as a purebred German Shepherd Dog. The white color comes from a gene that all German Shepherd Dogs carry. There has been no other breed crossed with the German Shepherd Dog to produce the White Shepherd, however, for years the white coloring was considered a major fault and those dogs were culled from breeding programs and spayed or neutered. It was not until breeders in the United States and Canada found the white color to be appealing. The color of the German Shepherd Dog became an important factor and in the 1930s any white coloring was deemed unacceptable and any dog that was solid white could not be registered as a German Shepherd Dog. Then, by the 1980s breeders began purposefully breeding for pure white German Shepherd Dogs. The solid white Shepherds were excluded from conformation events and most breeding programs, therefore, the White Shepherd quickly evolved into its own distinct type and separate breed. Although the White Shepherd  is indistinguishable from his ancestor with the exception of color, he generates a lot of attention from lovers and haters of the breed. The German Shepherd Club of America refused to recognize the solid white Shepherds; therefore the American White Shepherd Association was created. While the White Shepherd is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, he has a solid fan base and is able to perform all the tasks that the German Shepherd Dog can. In 1999, the United Kennel Club recognized the White Shepherd as its own breed and he was allowed to compete in all UKC sanctioned events. 

White Shepherd Breed Appearance

The White Shepherd is a medium sized, muscular dog that has a slightly longer body than leg. His coat is pure white, although a creamy color is also acceptable. He has larger ears that stand erect and are triangular in shape. His ear leather is firm and able to support the heaviness of the ear. His tail is slightly curved, low set and reaches to his hock. With the White Shepherd, gender differences are apparent as the female is less muscular and lighter boned than the male. His nose is black, although a lighter nose is acceptable but not desired. He has medium, almond shaped eyes that slant slightly. Dark brown eyes are allowed, lighter eyes are not acceptable. His expression should be intense and slightly lively. The eye rims and lips should be dark, preferably black. The White Shepherd has a weather resistant coat that is also a double coat. The topcoat is straight, dense and harsh to the touch. His undercoat is thick, short and fine to the touch. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown White Shepherd eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black White Shepherd nose
Black
brown White Shepherd nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
cream White Shepherd coat
Cream
white White Shepherd coat
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
White Shepherd straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

White Shepherd Breed Maintenance

The White Shepherd is not hypoallergenic and is a heavy seasonal shedder. Expect to find hairs floating through the air or gathering on your floors or furniture throughout the entire year. To minimize the amount of shedding, he should be brushed weekly using a slicker brush, metal comb and deshedder. During seasonal shedding, expect to brush him daily to keep on top of the hair that is loose and coming out. Bathe your White Shepherd only when necessary, usually at the beginning of heavy shedding to help loosen the undercoat. When bathing, use a mild shampoo that is specially formulated for white dogs. Clean his ears weekly and check for any irritation or foul smell that could indicate the beginning of an infection. His nails will need to be trimmed every few weeks depending on how fast they grow. Set up a routine dental plan that will include weekly brushing and then yearly professional cleaning to prevent gum disease.

Brushes for White Shepherd
Slicker Brush
Comb
Deshedder
Brushing Frequency
White Shepherd requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

White Shepherd Temperament

The White Shepherd is a very intelligent, courageous and fearless dog. He is fiercely devoted to his family and forms bonds quickly, especially with the person training him. He does need to be socialized from an early age to ensure he does not become fearful or aggressive towards strangers. He is naturally wary of strangers and can become aggressive if he fears for his safety or his family’s safety. Lack of training and socialization are the main factors in why White Shepherds become aggressive and unmanageable. He will greatly benefit from going to training classes starting at a young age. Generally, he is great with children and other pets, although he does command respect. Children or pets that do not respect his boundaries may not be able to handle the consequences of him becoming annoyed.  He is extremely trainable but does require daily interactions such as long walks or playtime in the backyard. When you cannot be with him, he will require a strong fenced yard to play. 

White Shepherd Activity Requirements

The White Shepherd craves human interaction and is very trainable. Expect to spend at least 30 minutes a day playing games or going for brisk walks to keep him happy. He can also learn how to run on the treadmill quite easily on days when the weather is not conducive to outdoor activities. The White Shepherd would do excellent at dog sports such as obedience, agility, fly ball or even protection training. Being a social dog, he will like spending time at doggy play dates or visits to the dog park. When training, make it fun and exciting for both of you; this is a time for you to bond and enjoy each other. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

White Shepherd Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

White Shepherd Height & Weight

6 Months
Male White Shepherd size stats at six months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 35 lbs
Female White Shepherd size stats at six months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 35 lbs
12 Months
Male White Shepherd size stats at 12 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 59 lbs
Female White Shepherd size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 59 lbs
18 Months
Male White Shepherd size stats at 18 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 82 lbs
Female White Shepherd size stats at 18 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 82 lbs

White Shepherd Owner Experiences

Duska
2 Years
2 People
Condo
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
coddle
Walking
They are incredible dogs. Duska is very social, contrary to what is expected for her breed she loves playing with all the dogs and the people she meets. That's why she is not a good guardian, but we do not care because it's not our goa. It takes less than a week to learn a new order. She is very vocal, and make many little noises to make us understand what he needs
1 month, 1 week ago
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