FAQs

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Is a White German Shepherd the same as a German Shepherd?

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The German Shepherd is a fairly new breed of dog, stemming from Germany, with their origin dating to 1899. The White German Shepherd is a direct descendant of the German Shepherd and the two breeds share the same roots and their appearance is similar. When speaking of the White German Shepherd, you will also hear of some variations: White German Shepherd and Berger Blanc Suisse (White Swiss Shepherd): technically they are different breeds with different standards.   Berger Blanc Suisse is recognized by FCI in Europe, the White German Shepherd is recognized by the AKC (but their white color is disqualified for show) and the White Shepherd is recognized by UKC.  But since they all have the same origins, they also share a lot of their history and traits.

Judging by their appearance, there are some differences between German Shepherds and White shepherds but the most important ones are obviously their color and the pronounced sloping back of the German Shepherd.

Another difference is their temperament. A White German Shepherd, because of his color, does not stand out in a herd of sheep and was for this reason very capable of protecting and guiding the herd. They are not specifically aggressive and if not socialized properly, can be fairly timid. They serve different purposes than German Shepherds who are aggressive and are for example excellent police dogs. This does not mean they will not protect their home: they are very loyal and their size and impressive bark will scare off all intruders!

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Are White German Shepherds albino?

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An albino dog is one that is deficient in normal pigmentation. This results in their coat being white and their eyes having a pink/ blue iris and a deep-red pupil whereas the White German Shepherd is supposed to have dark pigment in their skin and eyes. The reason their coat is white is because it comes from a recessive gene (the gene that is expressed because both parents carried that ‘recessive’ trait) and not because they are albino (as a matter of fact being albino is against the breed’s standards).

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Can White German Shepherds be shown in dog shows?

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Because of their color, originally they were believed to be flawed and they stopped breeding them in Europe. Since then, many White German Shepherd lovers have advocated to keep this beautiful breed alive and kept on breeding them in Canada and the US. Since then it was a bumpy but rewarding road for the official recognition of the White German Shepherd: The UKC (USA) recognized the White Shepherd as a separate breed in 1999. Three years later the FCI (a European registry) also recognized them as a separate breed . Steps are being taken to achieve breed recognition in Canada (CKC) and the US (AKC) in the near future. Except for confirmation shows they can participate in all CKC and AKC events meaning they earn titles in obedience, tracking, herding, flyball and agility. At confirmation shows, they can be shown at WSCC, AWSA, UKC, WGSDCI and FORB where they can earn Championship titles.

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What is their life expectancy?

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12 - 15 years if led a healthy life with plenty of exercise.

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What about shedding?

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White Shepherds will shed small amounts all the time, and "blow out their coats" twice a year. Also, females tend to blow out their coats after a heat cycle. When "blowing the coat", large tufts of hair will start to fall out, usually in the spring or summer, and in fall or early winter, depending on the weather. They need to be brushed out when they are "blowing coat", and that will minimize your mess somewhat. A good vacuum can come in handy in getting unwanted hair off of rugs and couches. Also, bathing in warm water seems to make some difference in shedding, and may lessen the amount of work as it will encourage the fur to loosen and you can brush off more of it at once.

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Are they hard to keep clean?

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No, they are not. Daily brushing will reduce shedding hair, regular cleaning of ears and eyes, regular shampooing with a quality dog shampoo and regular clipping of nails are all things that they need.

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Do White German Shepherds carry a lot of genetic diseases?

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In April 2000 Dr. George Padgett, a leading canine geneticist, published a survey analyzing the results of his research on White German Shepherds in order to improve the health of the breed. His study concluded that compared to the German Shepherd, who carries 138 genetic diseases, the count for the White German Shepherd who has only 57, is very low. In addition, an Open Registry has been set up where any breeder can consult and post information, making it easy to track and block certain traits and thus lowering the risk percentage to develop a genetic disease. Compared to other breeds, the risk percentage in White German Shepherds is immensely low.

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Do you ship puppies?

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Yes, we do ship puppies for an additional cost, but we recommend our prospective buyers to visit us in person if possible! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about shipping a puppy.

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Does Kingland Kennels offer a “Guarantee” with their puppies?

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We certainly do: your puppy comes with a full 3 years health certificate insuring protection against hereditary problems.

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What are Kingland Kennels puppies sent home with?

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We offer a complete package containing items such as a leash, a collar, a health certificate, veterinarian visits (current shots and worming included), puppy nutrition, a blanket and your puppy’s microchip number and AKC registration documents. Useful information regarding your puppy’s needs and care will also be enclosed.

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What is the difference between Limited and Full Registration?

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A Full Registration is only required for entering in breed competition and in licensed or member dog show. It also gives full breeding rights, and allows for offspring to be registered.

For a detailed explanation on Limited Registration, click here.