So I live in Sweden.
In Sweden Shepherd means Schäfer, and the "dog goverment" has decided that Schäfer.. means German Shepherd. No expections. If you got a Swiss Shepherd.. it's not called that. Because there only exists one "Schäfer" in Sweden and thats the German one.
Anyhow, now to the part that bothers me.
I own a WHITE
Shepherd. I know I cant call it a German one, but in my eyes.. it's still a Shepherd / Schäfer. Tho, in Sweden it's a mixbreed.
Her line has only been with Shepherds and never ever mixed. Still, a mixed breed so far .. so I am not allowed to compete with her. (Not that I want that, but still.. abit wierd in my eyes).
Her fathers line is from Denmark and they compete in FCI and other stuff..
Her mother line is from Sweden and it's considered a mixbreed here so she cannot compete.
They created their own breed for white shepherds / schäfer.. and thats called White Shepherd in english but in Swedish its called Vit Herdehund.
(To spare the confusion. Shepherd means Schäfer AND Herdehund).
However, not all dogs are allowed to be called Vit Herdehund either. EVEN if my dog is considered a 100 % "Vit Herdehund" I might not be allowed to registrated her to it because they might not feel like it.
Also, to add it all up.. apperently if two normal German Shepherds get a white one, it's no longer a Shepherd but a mixbreed. WHAT?! and the black one is allowed to be called Schäfer.
So to sum it all up:
I got a "White Shepherd".
I may not call it by it's real name in Sweden because they consider it a mixbreed.
Shepherd means Schäfer and Herdehund.
My Shepherd is a White Shepherd if I were to travel outside of Sweden, but in Sweden.. it's a mixbreed.
If I got it registrated (and thats apperently rare).. I may call it Vit Herdehund (White Shepherd) but I may not call it Vit Schäfer (White Shepherd).
But untill then, it's a mixbreed. I want to call it a vit Schäfer because Schäfer is the known word for Shepherd.. but I am not allowed to and it bothers me AND confuses me.
BUT if I were to travel outside Sweden, I could call her a White Shepherd. So it really bothers me that outside Sweden = I can call her what I want. But inside, I may not.
I need some help trying to understand the logic here and how it's all planned out. - Please do not start a flame war.
Here is a pic of her. 11,5 weeks old