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artemisnhounds 01-24-2014 12:55 PM

White gsds
Hello! I have been finding this forum so helpful so first I would like to thank everyone for being so knowledgable. I was wondering your experience with white gsds. From what I am reading they display less aggression and are a more gentle dog, I find it hard to believe since I just see it as a coat color. However my pups parents definitely fit the bill. They were some of the most gentle gsds I have ever encountered and had no possessive qualities even towards strangers. Just looking for thoughts on this. I am quite happy with my puppy and have been spending a lot of time training him and reading up on how to correctly train him. He is a truly enjoyable pup just like his parents

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Judahsmom 01-24-2014 01:09 PM

I have 2 white GSD. My first from a breeder is very assertive, independent, protective and smart. He was actually trained to be my diabetic alert dog but he could not succeed if 911 was called and paramedics tried to get to me - he is too protective. So, he still alerts when I'm home or anytime I'm with him but he cannot be a service dog in the full sense. My other white is a rescue and she is quite opposite. As a matter of fact, she was very skiddish when I first adopted her. She wouldn't hurt a flea and is rather shy. She has come a long way but I think it's her natural disposition and she will tend to stay close to me. She is the most loving dog though...can't get that WGSD or rescue though?

artemisnhounds 01-24-2014 01:20 PM

No I met both his parents, he kind of fell in my lap since the woman had a family emergency and had to leave the country. At 14 weeks he hid from us and was afraid of his own shadow.., now 3 weeks later he is still very submissive but loves to meet new people and animals. It was truly love at first sight... Extremely bright affectionate and a people pleaser

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mssandslinger 01-24-2014 01:37 PM

From everything i used to read about WGSD is that thery were more aggressive, but maybe it was just the trainers at the time diddnt like white? IDK. BUT my Zero is by far the sweetest giant i have ever met, his dad was a king white shepherd who was nice and friendly and his mom was very timid but sweet. he had two other littermates who were very shy and diddnt like new people but Zero greeted me with a wagging tail so he was who i picked, he is very protective of me, maybe a little to much but hes such a cuddle bug that i love it.

Kaimeju 01-24-2014 01:39 PM

Well, it's true that white is just a color. It is also true that the gene pool for whites is somewhat different because the AKC considers it a disqualifying fault. So that rules out a certain kind of breeder from producing white dogs. You're also never going to see white German dogs, they will be called Berger Blanc Suisse instead and are considered a different breed. There are also people in the US who breed to the BBS standard but refer to their dogs as white GSDs. All of this could lead to the dogs having a slightly different temperament.

My dog differs from the GSD standard in many ways. She is a rescue, and I have no idea about her lineage. She is very big-boned, weighs close to 80 lbs, is less angulated than a typical GSD, and her tail carriage is a bit high, but still saber tail. Her temperament is very low-key. She is calm and gentle with everyone she meets and will only sometimes bark if someone knocks on the door. Also non-reactive to loud sounds, sudden movement, and novelty. But she is also dog-aggressive and becomes frustrated easily. We do not know whether that trait is genetic or due to lack of socialization. It is more likely the latter, I would think, since nothing in her temperament suggests she should be aggressive. She's not fearful or avoidant at all.

But yeah, bright, affectionate people pleaser. That is what I love about these dogs.

DWP 01-24-2014 01:43 PM

Ours is Ms. In Charge
We have two GSDs. Not gonna get into the argument of white not being GSDs or not, don't care.

Our white GSD is female and very sweet, but she is very alert, attentive and always "on guard" so to speak. She loves all she knows, but it takes a while for her to get to know you.

TaylorGSDT 01-24-2014 02:32 PM

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I recently rescued a white GSD (also not getting into a debate) and she is the most gentle and sweet dog I've ever met. She's very rarely guarded about new people, but is quick to defend if she feels I'm in danger. She has never shown any signs of aggression, and is very submissive. Even though she was chained and abused for the first 6 months of her life, she is still probably the sweetest dog I've ever owned. She's about 8 months now and weighing in at 85lbs, with the sweetest, well rounded disposition anyone could ask of an abused dog. She's fully alert and very relaxed when meeting new people and dogs. And as an added bonus, she loves kitty cats! :D
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