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Old 03-25-2014, 05:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is it wrong to want a white gsd?

I find them very beautiful. I realize good breeder is hard to find when they breed for color so I have a mix feeling. Is there a health concern? I currently have a 1 year 3 months old Black and Tan boy. I want to add one more puppy to the family once my Lincoln turns 2. As far as conformation or disqualifying color is not a problem to me. My dogs are not doing anything like that. They never going to be bred either. But I wanna make sure this white gene doesn't effect their health and temperament. Thoughts?
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I think they are awesome. White in a GSD isn't a health issue like in some other animals. I'm sure some of the experts will have better info.
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Old 03-25-2014, 05:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a white boy and I don't think its wrong :P
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Old 03-25-2014, 05:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Nope! Not wrong at all. The white gene in shepherds is the same gene that makes some labs yellow, so not linked to any health problems.

I would look into White Swiss Shepherds since they have a better population of good breeders in the US. WSSD History - The White Swiss Shepherd Dog Club of Australia Inc

It can be hard to find a reputable breeder of white GSDs, as you noted.
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In and of itself, the white color won't affect health or temperament.

Braehead is the only breeder of white German Shepherds that I know well enough to recommend, and I don't know their program real well either. But they put out some nice dogs.
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I certainly don't think so but I have now owned three of them and got my latest boy from Surefire about two months ago. For me it was my first dog who was a rescue that caused me to fall for shepherds and the white I am drawn back to again and again.

As someone else pointed out, you will find them more under the White Swiss Shepherd Dog. They are basically aiming for certain temperaments, size, coat, etc.

My two dogs are everything I wanted and their breeder has been wonderful to work with.


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I would look into White Swiss Shepherds since they have a better population of good breeders in the US. WSSD History - The White Swiss Shepherd Dog Club of Australia Inc

It can be hard to find a reputable breeder of white GSDs, as you noted.
Actually until recently there have been very few White Swiss Shepherd breeders in North America. (Surefire is one of the exceptions) The majority of White Swiss Shepherds are found in FCI countries.

Anyway...no, there's nothing wrong with wanting a white GSD, WS or WSS as long as you understand there are differences depending on where they come from, and some of these dogs can't be registered with the AKC. Some can be registered with the UKC as WS, some have to be registered as UKC white GSD's.

After you look at the health and temperament you need to make sure that if you want to compete in AKC performance or obedience (as an example) that the dog can be registered with the AKC.
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Old 03-25-2014, 06:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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you are going to spend 14 + years with with a new pup. get what you want. imho, i don't think it is wrong.
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