A BRIEF HISTORY
beautiful coats of our white shepherds can be traced back
to the roots of the original German Shepherd dogs.
Information provided in books of the origins of the German
Shepherd breed makes mention of the White Shepherd in
Europe as early as 1882. A White German Shepherd was the
Grandsire of Horand von Grafrathe, born in 1895, this dog
is acknowledged as the foundation dog of the contemporary
German Shepherd Dog bloodlines, from that time forward,
the color white has been within the natural genetic color
variations which make up the modern German Shepherd.TEMPERAMENT
the white shepherd dog predates the GSD breed, which is a
relatively new breed of dog
(The GSD as a breed is less than 100 years old).
To understand the beginnings of the White Shepherd,
one must discuss its parent breed Ė the German Shepherd
A White German sheepdog named Greif who was born in 1879
and was bred to 35 different bitches, producing 53 litters
of which, 140 progeny were registered with the SV. He was
also mated three times to his own daughters, thus fixing
his genetic code into the developing breed. Of the many
genetic traits that became firmly entrenched, the gene for
the white coat colour would figure prominently.
It would be handed down to his progeny as well as
through his grandchildren and great grandchildren
White Shepherd is a medium‑large breed.
ideal height for a male of 25 inches (63.5 cm) at the top
of the highest point of the shoulder blade, with an inch
(about 3 cm) variation up or down acceptable.
should ideally be 23 inches (58.4 cm) at the same point
and again, an inch variation in either direction of the
ideal is fine.
Oversized or undersized dogs, (i.e.: dogs outside of the
acceptable range of height), are highly objectionable and
should be faulted!
Ideal weight for a 25-inch tall male would be roughly
around 75‑85 pounds (34‑39 kg), and about
60‑70 pounds (27‑32 kg) for a 23-inch tall
temperament is usually that of a very good‑natured
dog. The breed is protective of its family in appropriate
situations. They are loving and open dogs with family
members but can be stand-offish or even somewhat leery of
strangers, preferring the company of their own pack
White Shepherd should never be aggressive! The breed, on
the average, is easily trained, inquisitive, generally
quite good with children and definitely eager to please.
The basic temperament is softer than that of the typical
coloured German Shepherd Dog.
Shepherds can be sensitive almost to the point of
timidity. They are usually quite tractable and harsh
training methods should not be necessary, nor should they
be used with this breed.
WITH WHITE SHEPHERD
an adventure every day! They are usually smart dogs whose
brains, sense of humour and fun‑loving nature
sometimes gets them into trouble. White Shepherds are
wonderful dogs that can live very well with families,
couples or single people. They bond very closely to the
members of their family, but may be particularly fond of
one special member. White Shepherds love to be near their
people, often following them from one room to the next.
They are in tune with peopleís feelings and emotions,
giving them an almost human‑like quality.
good qualities are tempered by the special needs of this
breed. As every breed is not right for every person, we
feel that it is vitally important to point out these
needs. White Shepherds need a fair but firm hand and
obedience training to help them fit into the familyís
lifestyle. They have very active minds and they love to
work! Your dog will be happiest when it has some kind of
job to do. That job is, of course, up to you and your dog.
However, a White Shepherd left alone in the yard
day after day will soon become bored and a bored White
Shepherd can be an *extremely* destructive animal. This is
a large, strong dog that can reduce furniture to splinters
or a well‑planted garden to a minefield in a matter
of minutes! These dogs MUST have structure and consistency
in handling to help them learn their limits. Again, a firm
but gentle touch will yield the best results with this
very important part of owning a White Shepherd that cannot
be ignored is exercise! This is a very busy breed; daily
exercise is essential. Most shepherds love to play ball
and ten to fifteen minutes of sustained fetching will tire
your dog out quite nicely as well as give him a sense of
purpose. Whether it is ball chasing, Frisbee catching,
obedience training, participation in a canine play group
or just taking long walks, you must be willing to provide
some form of daily, constructive exercise to provide an
acceptable outlet for this breedís considerable energies
and mental capacities.
Shepherd stay well with our climates and temperatures just
like other coloured German Shepherd anywhere in the world.
They are wonderful companions to those with whom
they are familiar and wary of strangers.
Shepherds make excellent family companions for all ages of
people. They are usually very good with children as long
as both the children and the dog are taught to love and
respect one another. White Shepherds also get along very
well with other pets. Again, respect and tolerance may
need to be taught with certain types of pets.
Currently, the White Shepherd is recognized or has it own
nationwide registry as listed countries:
They are Austria, Czech. Republic, Denmark, France,
Nederland, Switzerland, South Africa, USA, Canada &