The white German shepherd, also known as the white Alsatian, or white shepherd, is a mutation of the regular German shepherd dog breed. They are known for their thick white coats. Basically, the white German shepherd is just a pure-white or cream-colored version of the German shepherd. The white coat is a result of a recessive gene in one of the parent dogs.
Puppies that are bred to be pets or companions will usually cost less than puppies that are bred as show-quality. According to the website Dogs and Puppies Central (dogs-central.com/dog-breeds/white-german-shepherd/), the average price for white German shepherds in 2010 ranges from $750 to $1,000. When purchasing a puppy, first consider the conditions the puppy was bred in and the price second. Buying puppies from puppy mills, or poorly kept kennels, for a cheaper price increases the chance that your dog will have poor health, a bad temperament and behavioral problems. It's best to buy from reputable breeders to avoid these problems.
The recessive gene that produces the white fur on this breed was introduced into the gene pool in Germany during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A dog named Geif, a white German herding dog, was the grandfather of Horand von Grafrath, the dog recognized as the foundation of all contemporary German shepherd breeds. The gene for white fur passed down from the grandfather continued through the bloodline, causing the recessive gene to randomly produce white German shepherds.
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White German shepherds have the same personality and temperament as regular German shepherds. They are loyal, protective dogs that display confidence. They are fearless and attentive, but not aggressive. They exhibit playfulness and curiosity in most situations. They adapt to whatever is needed in a situation, such as guarding, guiding or herding. Some of them can be very vocal and may whine, moan or howl often. This breed is very athletic, so they need regular walks and a designated place to run. These canines can be good companions if raised in the right atmosphere. They are great family dogs, and they tend to be very good with kids.
White German shepherds have strong, muscular builds without any bulk. The ears are pointed and erect. The tail hangs low and stays in a slightly curved position. The silhouette of the white German shepherd is curvy rather than angled. The outer coat is dense, short, straight and water-resistant. The coat may appear slightly longer at the neck, especially in males. The undercoat is short, thick and finely textured. An ideal coat color is pure white, though the colors range from a very light cream color to a less desirable light tan color. The nose is always predominantly black, otherwise the dog is disqualified from the show ring.
Though not as high-maintenance as some other long-haired dogs, white German shepherds still shed heavily, especially during warmer seasons. It is best to brush them at least two times a week, or more, when the shedding is excessive. Bathing will depend on the dog and his activities. Dogs that are outside more often may need bathing on a regular basis, whereas less active dogs can be bathed once a month or as needed. Aside from maintaining the coat, you'll also need to keep the dog's nails trimmed and teeth cleaned.