(White Shepherd Dog, White German Shepherd, Berger Blanc Swiss, American-Canadian White Shepherd) The American White Shepherd is identical to the German Shepherd with the exception of one distinctive characteristic. American White Shepherds boast a long, stiff coat that is pure white in color.
American White Shepherds are friendly and highly intelligent. Protective and loyal of its family, this breed is capable of being leery or aloof with strangers. They are not an aggressive dog breed, and they are very easy to train. American White Shepherds enjoy working, and they usually learn tricks quickly. They are very sensitive (to the point of being timid), so it’s important for trainers not to utilize harsh methods. Young American White Shepherds should be socialized at a young age to prevent the onset of timid behavior. They constantly need to be around people. American White Shepherds bark regularly.
Like other large dog breeds, the American White Shepherd is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia. Owners should ensure that both of the specimen’s parents have their hips certified by the OFA. Other health concerns within this breed include degenerative joint disease, malabsorbtion syndrome, and megaesophagus. Eye disease is rarely seen, but it can be present in some lines of American White Shepherds. The breed can also suffer from bloat, allergies, skin and coat problems, or missing teeth. Some lines have autoimmune diseases like Lupus. All of the aforementioned health issues are rare. American White Shepherds have an average life span of 12 years.
The American White Shepherd originated from the German Shepherd Dog in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Since its appearance in North America, the American White Shepherd has not been mixed with any other dog breeds. Their white color is a result of their genetic makeup. This breed is independently registered with the AWSA (American White Shepherd Association) in the United States of America.
American White Shepherds have a coat that is easy to groom and care for. Regular brushing and combing on a daily basis will assist the shedding process. American White Shepherds are heavy shedders. This breeds ears and claws should be checked regularly, and their nails should be kept trimmed.
American White Shepherds can live in a small household or apartment if they are exercised sufficiently. This breed requires some form of daily exercise. American White Shepherds are highly intelligent, so some variety in their exercise routine is ideal. This breed is relatively inactive indoors, and they are happiest with a large yard and plenty of space.
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