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Old 10-15-2015, 05:30 PM
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Thinking of getting a new addition. White shepherd

So ive wanted a all white German shepherd for about 10 years now. Ive been thinking of getting one so ive been looking into them and i was wondering if someone can give me some information.
Mostly im wondering what the breed is actually called, ive heard them called
White shepherd
Canadian Shepherd
White Swiss Shepherd
and White German Shepherd
Ive done some digging on google and havent found much, i know they may have different names through different Kennel clubs. So what are the difference of each, what kennel club recognizes each name, and do they go by any other names. Thanks.

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They have a slew of health problems and are no more than German Shepherds bred in a lineage of genetics that has tawny light colors to obtain a white. It's for nothing more than aesthetic purposes, and the AKC doesn't recognize them and will disqualify them. I would suggest just getting a German shepherd. They're the same dog without the poorly bred health issues.

The AWSA claims they are a breed to be recognized because they are literally the American White Shepherd Association, so they will obviously have bias. They are not recognized by other KC associations however, due to being poorly bred in order to obtain the whitest coat.

Some health issues include hip displaysia, which is high and expensive to fix, osteochondrosis of the knees spine and shoulder, sight and hearing problems, and several skin problems including sensitivity and allergies.

What draws you to them, if I may ask? Other than their color that is. There's a lot more to a dog than color!
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White shepherds are simply a color variant of the normal german shepherd (and a fault at that for the pure breed), and are not their own breed any more than 'chocolate lab' is a different breed from a 'yellow lab'. It's just color.

You won't find a legit registar for them in the USA as a breed. You MAY be able to find a good breeder but it will be difficult, since a white shepherd will likely only be bred for pets and not for show or work as they're not particularly healthy or able to enter dog shows.

If you look at a breeder, make SURE to look at what they are doing with their dogs. Are they working the dogs for herding or guarding or schutzhund? If they are just producing dogs without doing anything with them, WALK AWAY from that breeder ASAP.

Edit: Tweaked white shepherds /as a breed/ won't be found in any registry, because AKC of course does allow unshowable or unhealthy German Shepherds to be registered.
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I'm also digging around for you looking for a breeder of white shepherds that also does more than "breed for temperament". So far this is the only one I would consider recommending: White German Shepherds at Regalwise

This particular breeder awards proof of good results in their pups, works their dogs, and has a lifetime guarantee of no crippling defects.

I imagine with this breeder you will pay out the nose for your pup, but reading the guarantees and return policies and lengths they'll go to make sure your pup is healthy and NEVER in a shelter, it seems like with this one you will get what you pay for. Others may review the site and weigh in on their opinions too but right now if you REALLY are set on a white shepherd, consider THIS one.
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Mostly what attracts me to them is the color variant. I love german shepherds but i like to be a little diferent. It wont be used as a working dog more of a companion, it will naturally get normal exercise. But as far as mot being accepted by registries that why i posted this, ive seen the swiss shepherds registered through UKC.
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Just out of curiosity, why are they so unhealthy, is the white recessive gene coupled with recessive health problems? And when the whote come out so do the health problems?
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This is a blurb on deafness in white dogs: Genetics of Deafness in Dogs. Since the lack of pigment is known to cause deafness when breeding all white dogs, I find it disturbing that people are doing it on purpose, but that's just my two cents.

When were you thinking of getting this new addition? You don't want to get it too soon, since don't you have a fairly young lab puppy too?
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Yeah its going to be awhile. 6+ months. Im just doing some research now and if i chose to move forward with a WS i have to find a breeder etc.but with all the health issues im not sure i want to go that route
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Getting a dog for color or appearance alone because you want to be different is a very bad reason to get a puppy imho. If you have experience with labs, it's important to note hat GSDs are very different from labs. They are prone to becoming fearful with strangers and are very protective, therefore they need heavy socialization to avoid aggressiveness. What activities are you planning on doing with your shepherd? GSDs aren't couch potatoes. They need a fair amount of exercise and do very well in scent related sports, schutzhund, lure coursing, agility even, herding, and need a lot of mental stimulation as well as physical. They are extremely focused on their owner and demand a lot of attention, working on obedience and other trick training is vital.

Along with all of this, white GSDs also pile on the health problems. so a lot of responsibility you need to prepare yourself for
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