TEMPERAMENT

The White German Shepherd is the same breed as the traditional German Shepherd but with white coat color. They are often called “Ghost Shepherds” or “Bone White Shepherds.” While they are not albino, they can have pink-tinted noses or eye rims.They have a strong prey drive and will chase smaller animals.

They may not be safe with cats or other household pets that are smaller than they are. White German Shepherds have a tight bond with their families and make excellent guard dogs. They like to be close to their families physically and emotionally but can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for long periods. They can do fine in an apartment or other situations where they are not alone all day but need regular attention and playtime outside.

GROOMING

The white coat of the German Shepherd is straightforward to maintain. They only need to be brushed occasionally and bathed when they get dirty, but they should never be given a bath when the coat is wet. Grooming should be moderate since these dogs have a shorter single coat. They only need to be brushed occasionally and bathed when dirty, but they should never be given a bath when the skin is wet.

COLOR

A pure white coat is the distinctive feature of this breed. The a recessive gene produces color.

HISTORY

The white coat of the German Shepherd and its popularity in film and television have made it an internationally well-known breed. It was a favorite of Hollywood during the silent movie era and gained further fame as a subject for movies and TV shows. The most notable example is Rin Tin Tin Tin, a war dog found in France around World War I.

The White German Shepherd breed has existed since before World American Kennel Club did not recognize War II as German Shepherds until 1994. They are still scarce and sought-after dogs and can be challenging to find for sale or adoption.

 

There is a growing trend of white German shepherds in India. The reasons for this vary but probably fall into three categories:

  1. Lack of knowledge on responsible breeding practices.
  2. Lack of interest in breed history and preservation.
  3. Deliberate crossbreeding to attain a specific physical look, more puppies sold.

The first problem is simply due to ignorance of the breed. Many people are drawn to the look of white German shepherds, utterly unaware that it has no place in responsible breeding. Since there is no standard for coat color in the GSD, anyone can claim their dog to be a purebred white German shepherd without any proof or documentation.

Many breeders in this for the money don’t care about the history of our breed or preserve it. They see an increasing demand for white German shepherds and will continue to breed them even when they know that they cannot produce quality puppies. 

This is why they are constantly trying to push the myth that there is no difference between a white German shepherd and a black one. It’s all in the breeding, they would have you believe, so there is no reason not to breed these dogs. They don’t care that by doing so, they are ruining a magnificent breed that took many generations to develop into what it has become today.

But then there are others in it for the money, and they know that breeding white GSDs is not responsible. These people will try to convince you that their dogs are 100% purebred German shepherds with no overo genes whatsoever. However, there is often some suspicion because they will only go back a couple of generations when demonstrating the dog’s pedigree (which can usually be done online these days). They cannot explain why their GSD ancestors don’t have any offspring registered with the club.

For those who are into color, it is easy to see something different in these litters of puppies that come from white parents. 

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