In USA and Canada the white shepherd dogs have gradually come to
be accepted as a distinct breed. The first dogs of this breed were
imported into Switzerland in the early 1970s. The American dog Lobo,
whelped March 5, 1966, can be considered the proginator of the breed
in Switzerland. The descendeants of that male registered with the
Swiss Stud Book (LOS) and other white shepherd dogs imported from
the US and Canada gradually multiplied. There now exists a large
number of white shepherd dogs, purebred, over several generations,
distributed throughout Europe. For that reason, since June 1991,
these dogs have been registered as a new breed with the appendic
While the White Swiss Shepherd
and modern German Shepherd Dog have common ancestry, and by some
are considered to be the same breed, there are many differences
which have occurred between the two after being bred along separate
paths for some time. Due to historical and political events these
dogs in Australia have been required to seek recognition as a breed
The Australian National Kennel Club (ANKC) now recognise the breed
White Swiss Shepherd Dog as of May 2008.
The ANKC advises that Australian white bloodlines are NOT a separate
breed to the German Shepherd Dog. Only imported dogs, officially
registered as White Swiss Shepherd Dogs overseas, will be eligible
for main registration as White Swiss Shepherd Dogs, providing they
comply with the new ANKC regulations.
Anyone claiming to own a White Swiss Shepherd Dog in Australia,
must have an imported White Swiss Shepherd Dog with an FCI or ANKC
affiliate kennel club pedigree with no dogs in the pedigree being
registered as German Shepherd Dogs.
The latest is that the ANKC has instructed that ALL Australian whites
residing in Australia are considered German Shepherd Dogs of white
coat colour and are NOT White Swiss Shepherd Dogs, unless imported
and registered under ANKC regulations.
Their enthusiasts exclaim that
the White Swiss Shepherds are versatile and capable of anything;
they are intelligent and highly trainable in any discipline (obedience,
Flyball, agility, etc) and are happiest in the company of their
Easy to groom. When the dog is shedding they should be brushed and
combed every day, otherwise occasional brushing will do. The ears
should be checked regularly. The claws should be trimmed short.
This breed is a seasonably heavy shedder.
require regular daily exercise as well as mental stimulation. Otherwise
they will become bored and destructive.
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