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American White Shepherd
Essentially the German Shepherd Dog.  As the original GSD breed disallows and disfavors white variations, fanciers of the color type began seeking out and developing their own lines.  Today, the breed is like the GSD but quite separate as there is little introduction of the colored GSD to the White lines and no Whites are used to breed with GSD.  At the same time, the prospective owner must keep in mind that after many generations of selecting against White Shepherds, those that were ultimately available to be used to "preserve" the variety had to be of lower quality than someone would hope.
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General Information
Group(s): Herding Height:
Weight: Longevity:
Colors: Coat type:
Recognized Registries:
Overall Appearance:
Personaility - Behavior - Training
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Trainer notes: If you are blessed with a good example of a GSD, you will enjoy one of the most extraordinary relationships and training opportunities you could hope for.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: mid 1800s
Country of Origin: Germany
Original Function: Herding dogs
History: Developed from the
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: too large, excessive angles (most often in the rear) creating weakness and imbalance, sharp temperaments
Health Notes: Hips, elbows dysplasia, luxating patellas, eye problems, von Willebrand's, thyroid issues
Health Testing: OFA, CERF, Thyroid Panel, vWd testing
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had White German Shepherds?
  • How often do you breed?
  • What do you consider an ideal White German Shepherd in appearance and temperament?
  • What health issues have you observed?
  • What health issues do you screen your breeding stock for?
  • What are the standards you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • What would you consider an ideal White German Shepherd home?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • What advice do you have for someone raising and training a WGSD puppy?
Web Sites: German Shepherd Dog Rescue

Other Resources
Breed standard: as per the White German Shepherd Dog Club

Breeder Ethics:

The paragraph below is the entirety of anything considered ethics by the club.  Clearly, more specific and complete information would be helpful to buyers.


For protection of both buyer and seller, all terms should be in writing in advance.   Buyers: Do not purchase a puppy to be shipped under 8 weeks of age.  Unless otherwise specified, buyer pays shipping charges.   Seller: Should provide a 4 generation pedigree and AKC papers.  Vaccinations should be up to date and a health certificate and shot record should accompany the dog/puppy.  Since not all breeders have puppies available year-round, it is suggested that you contact a breeder first about reserving a puppy from a future litter.  Stud fees are customarily paid in advance.  (Suggested questions for prospective buyers to ask:  OFA/OVC on hips/elbows; von Willebrand's Disease testing; temperament certification or testing; puppy socialization/aptitude testing; titles (e.g., obedience, herding, etc.) or WGSDCII Champion dogs in pedigree; years experience in White German Shepherds, etc.). Also, be sure your puppy/dog is registered and/or registerable as a GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG with any and all registries.

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