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the information below.
WHITE SWISS SHEPHERD DOG PUREBRED?
Yes. The White Swiss Shepherd Dog is registered as a White Swiss Shepherd
Dog, with the Kennel Union of South Africa (KUSA). It is also registered
as a White Shepherd Dog with the American White Shepherd Dog Association
(AWSA) and the United Kennel Club (UKC), as well as with many European
SWISS SHEPHERD DOGS ALBINOS?
No. The White Swiss Shepherd Dog is simply a white dog. Just as the West
Highland White Terrier, Maltese, Pyrenean Mountain Dog and the Samoyed
are white dogs. An albino dog has pink skin and blue or pink eyes.
SWISS SHEPHERD DOGS HAVE PINK NOSES. ARE THEY ALBINO?
Some black and tan or sable German Shepherd Dogs have pink noses too!
Pink noses often appear in cooler months, which is why it is often referred
to as snow nose.
SWISS SHEPHERD DOGS DEAF?
No. In some breeds of dogs the white gene is linked to a gene for deafness.
That is not the case with White Swiss Shepherd Dogs.
WHITE SWISS SHEPHERD DOG RARE?
The White Swiss Shepherd Dog is not rare. There are more than 5,000 new
dogs registered each year with the AKC.
HEARD THAT WHITE SWISS SHEPHERD DOGS ARE NOT HEALTHY!
In 2000, AWSA sponsored a survey of genetic diseases in White Swiss Shepherd
Dogs. More than 1000 dogs from all over the US and Canada were represented.
Fifty seven genetic diseases were identified in our White Swiss Shepherd
Dogs. That number is very low when you consider that 138 genetic diseases
have been identified in the German Shepherd Dog. The White Swiss Shepherd
Dog has avoided many of the diseases that affect the German Shepherd Dog.
THE WHITE GENE INHERITED?
The white gene is a recessive gene. This means that both the mother and
the father must carry the white gene to produce white puppies. For example,
if two black and tan dogs are bred together and both those dogs carry
the white gene, some, but not all of the puppies in the litter will be
DOGS PRODUCE PUPPIES THAT ARE NOT WHITE?
Two white dogs bred together will never produce puppies that are not white.
A white dog bred to a dog with colour that carries the white gene will
produce some puppies that are white and some with colour, but a white
dog bred to a dog with colour that does not carry the white gene will
not produce any white puppies.
SWISS SHEPHERD DOGS PART WOLF?
No. Many people believe that the White Swiss Shepherd Dog obtained its
colour from breeding German Shepherd Dogs to Arctic wolves. That is not
DOES THE COLOuR WHITE COME FROM?
Horand von Grafrath is the first dog to be registered as a German Shepherd
Dog. Horand's maternal grandfather was a white dog named Grief. The white
gene has been present from the very beginning of the German Shepherd Dog
THE FIRST WHITE GERMAN SHEPHERDS APPEAR IN THE UNITED STATES?
A litter whelped in March 27, 1917 contained four white puppies: Stonihurst
Edmund, Stonihurst Eric, Stonihurst Eadred and Stonihurst Elf. These four
white dogs are believed to be the first AKC registered white GSDs bred
and born in the USA.
WHITE SWISS SHEPHERD DOG BE SHOWN IN CONFORMATION AT KUSA SHOWS?
Yes. The White Swiss Shepherd Dog can be shown in conformation shows,
and can also be shown in all of the performance events (ie. obedience,
tracking, herding, and agility).
SOME WHITE SWISS SHEPHERD DOGS HAVE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES?
White Swiss Shepherd Dogs that have a full three-generation pedigree can
be registered with KUSA and can enter championship shows. If the dog earns
enough Challenge Certificates (points towards championship status), the
dog earns its title. There are many opportunities to obtain championship
titles at shows throughlout the country.
WHITE SWISS SHEPHERD DOG A DIFFERENT BREED TO THE GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG?
Yes, and it is recognised as a separate breed in several countries.
THE WHITE SWISS SHEPHERD DOG DIFFERENT FROM THE GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG?
The White Swiss Shepherd Dog looks different from the German Shepherd
Dog. It has far less rear angulation than the German Shepherd Dog seen
today. It closely resembles the original German Shepherd Dog. The temperament
of the White Swiss Shepherd Dog is different too, retaining many of the
wonderful traits of the German Shepherd Dog, but a generally more compliant
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WHITE GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG AND A WHITE SWISS SHEPHERD
There is no difference other than in the name. Breeders who call their
dogs White German Shepherd Dogs believe that their dogs should remain
German Shepherd Dogs and want the opportunity to compete equally with
the German Shepherd Dog in conformation rings. Breeders who call their
dogs White Swiss Shepherd Dogs believe that it is a new breed that has
evolved separately from the German Shepherd Dog and should be allowed
to compete in the conformation ring as a new and separate breed. In many
European countries White Swiss Shepherd Dogs can now be registered with
the national kennel clubs as a separate and distinct breed and shown as
such in the conformation ring.
HEARD THAT WHITE SWISS SHEPHERD DOGS ARE VERY FEARFUL
Any dog that is not socialised properly will become fearful. It is true
that our dogs have a less assertive temperament than the German Shepherd
Dog. A poorly socialized White Swiss Shepherd Dog will be more likely
to express its uncertainty as fear rather than aggression. White Swiss
Shepherd Dogs currently have more than a 75% success rate in achieving
their Temperament Test titles. That is the highest average for any breed.
SOCIALIZING IMPORTANT WITH A WHITE SWISS SHEPHERD PUPPY?
They were originally bred for the traits that make a good herding dog.
Because they are so attuned to changes in the environment, they are in
a constant state of alert and may appear nervous and fearful. They were
also developed to react to these changes in the environment, so they have
extremely high reactivity to stimulus. This trait makes them very trainable.
This is one of the reasons that socialisation is so vitally important
to them. In a nutshell, White Swiss Shepherd Dogs - like all other dogs
- need to be taught what is norma. If they do not have a large toolbox
of normal situations, they may go off like firecrackers at every little
thing around them and find lots of things to be nervous and fearful about.
Puppy socialising is the process of exposing the puppy to small doses
of all sorts of normal situations they may encounter later.
IS A WHITE
SWISS SHEPHERD DOG AS VERSATILE AS A GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG?
Definitely! The White Swiss Shepherd Dog has proved itself as a police
dog, search and rescue dog, service dog, therapy dog, flyball dog, agility
dog, obedience dog, herding dog and anything else you can imagine that
you would like your dog to do.
A WHITE SWISS SHEPHERD DOG LIKE TO LIVE WITH?
Most people that live with a White Swiss Shepherd Dog feel that their
dog is much smarter than they are! They are clever, imaginative, intuitive
and eager to please, so much so that they do not respond well to harsh
training methods at all. They need to bond closely to you and your family
and they demand to be an active participant in your life. They are physically
demanding and have lots of drive and stamina. It is not the dog for the
couch potato. It is not a dog that can be ignored. If they are bored or
neglected their frustration is vented in destructive behavior. If they
are loved and trained, their abilities are without limit.
SWISS SHEPHERD DOG GOOD WITH CHILDREN?
White Swiss Shepherd Dogs are excellent with children, if they have been
raised with children. This holds true for any dog. Their compliant nature
makes them more willing than many breeds of dogs to take instruction from
children. Ask yourself: are your children good with White Swiss Shepherd
HARD TO KEEP CLEAN?
No, they are not. Their coat seems to self-clean, however, the same cannot
be said for your floors!
More than you can imagine! They blow their coat twice a year, which means
they lose their undercoat and shed continuously the rest of the time!
I FIND A GOOD BREEDER?
Any breeder that is a member of KUSA has agreed to abide by a Code of
Ethics. Question each breeder carefully about the health problems in their
lines. Make sure both parents of the puppies have been x-rayed for hip
and elbow dysplasia problems and ask for the results.
As from 10
December 2000, our White Swiss Shepherd Dogs were accepted by KUSA and
registered as a separate breed. They are shown in the Herding Group.
As from 01
January 2003, the FCI has accepted the White Swiss Shepherd Dog to be
registered under the name of Berger Blanc Suisse.
information visit these websites:
(American White Shepherd Association)
(Kennel Union of Southern Africa)