The all White German Shepherd is the same Dog Breed as a Sable German Shepherd, it has just been bred to be all White! One big difference that makes them stand apart is that they have sometimes been bred to have a more mellow temperament. Due to this more mellow temperament, all White German Shepherds are almost never used in protection dog sports such as schutzhund. White German Shepherds are not typically aggressive, but might alert you to an intruder. If trained, handled, and socialized well this dog will make a great companion for everyone in the family. The one fault they might have with their temperament is that they might be too timid or skittish. They differ from the typical German Shepherd in this sense. Some of them have long hair, some are pure white and some are solid white. Their eye colors vary as well, some might have blue eyes, other’s not. A White German Shepherd with blue eyes is distinctly beautiful as is a White Long Haired German Shepherd. Continue reading below for more information and to see lots of pictures and videos about the powerful and majestic White German Shepherd and their puppies.
While we really recommend that you acquire one through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their pure White German Shepherd puppy. That is, if they have any for sale. Always screen your breeders as much as possible to ensure that you are getting as high a quality dog as is possible. Their price can vary, but price shouldn’t be a determining factor as a rescue might be a much better fit.
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Pure White Shepherd History:
The all White Shepherd came out of white-coat lines of the German Shepherd dog in Canada and the United States as well as imports from Europe.
The German Shepherd and the white solid or pure white German Shepherd are the same dog, though their coat colors vary.
The White Shepherd breed was officially recognized by the United Kennel Club on April 14, 1999. As his name suggests, the German Shepherd originated in Germany, where he was created in the nineteenth century primarily by Captain Max von Stephanitz, who wanted to develop a dog that could be used for military and police work. The result was a dog that encompassed striking good looks, intelligence and versatility. World War I put a dent in the breed’s burgeoning popularity because the dogs were associated with the enemy. German Shepherds braved artillery fire, land mines and tanks to supply German soldiers in the trenches with deliveries of food and other necessities. After the war, movies featuring Rin Tin Tin and fellow German Shepherd Strongheart brought the breed back into favor. American audiences loved them. For a time, the German Shepherd was the most popular breed in the United States.
Solid White Shepherd Height and Weight:
Height: 22 - 26 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 75 - 95 lb.
Lifespan: 10 - 14 years
Solid White Shepherd Temperament:
The all White Shepherd has a distinct personality marked by self-confidence. As stated above, they can be more timid than a typical Shepherd but will also have herding instincts. They enjoy running, playing fetch or any activity with their human family. These are companion animals and should be treated as such. They won’t do well locked in the backyard and should never have that done to them. They thrive on exercise and time with their “pack.” This is a joyful, active, intelligent and easy to train working dog with the ability to adapt and integrate to all kinds of social events and situations. These guys have very pleasant temperaments and are very loyal, watchful and confident dogs. They are incredibly intelligent, ranking number three on the list of most intelligent dogs. Needless to say, they are easily trainable and their training should begin when they are very young. This is a high energy dog that is bred to work. You must be committed to giving them lots of daily exercise or else they might start to terrorize the house. Long walks twice a day, coupled with throwing the ball and hikes will do wonders for their behavior. The most important thing to remember aside from exercising them is to socialize, socialize, and then socialize them some more. It is very important that any dog get used to being around as many people, dogs, and circumstances as is possible.
Solid White Shepherd Health:
All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.
These guys are most prone to Elbow and Hip Dysplasia. There are some Serious eye diseases in German Shepherds, these are cataracts (which can lead to blindness in White German Shepherd puppies) and pannus (another autoimmune disease). Other eye diseases include cherry eye, lens luxation, corneal dystrophy, retinal dysplasia, and occasionally progressive retinal atrophy.
Hip Dysplasia: The hip joint is composed of the ball and the socket. The development of hip dysplasia is determined by an interaction of genetic and environmental factors, though there is a complicated pattern of inheritance for this disorder, with multiple genes involved. Hip dysplasia is the failure of the hip joints to develop normally (known as malformation), gradually deteriorating and leading to loss of function of the hip joints.
Elbow dysplasia: A condition involving multiple developmental abnormalities of the elbow-joint in the dog, specifically the growth of cartilage or the structures surrounding it. These abnormalities, known as 'primary lesions', give rise to osteoarthritic processes.
Do not purchase a white shepherd puppy from a breeder who cannot provide you with written documentation that the parents were cleared of health problems that affect the breed. A careful breeder and one who truly cares about the breed itself, screens their breeding dogs for genetic disease and breed only the healthiest and best-looking specimens. One of the most common health problems with dogs is obesity. Keeping this under control is your responsibility.
These dogs do shed A LOT. So be prepared to brush them a couple of times a week and invest in a really good vacuum. You will need it to keep your floors clean. Give him baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out his skin. As previously discussed, they are going to need a lot of exercise. If you are not an active person this is absolutely not a good fit for you.
A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A dog like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible.
Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet.
Here are some helpful Pure White German Shepherd Names for both male and female dogs:
Males: Riley, Boss, Yoda, Wiley, Dakota, Wally, River, Duke, Jackson, Buzz, Grover, Bubba, Rudy, Ozzy, Teddy, Quincy, Frankie, Gizmo, Bert, Tommy, Shep
Females: Ginger, Iris, Buffy, Queen, Kiki, Ivy, Ruby, Lady, Lily, Sadie, Maggie, Sofie, Sammie, Clover, Fiona, Roxie, Jade, Bessy, Gracie, Paisley, Savannah
You might run into different color mixes, such as the white and gray shepherd, the german shepherd black and white mix, a long haired white shepherd.
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