An offshoot of German Shepherds, White Shepherds and White Swiss Shepherds are confident, courageous dogs with the same strong work ethic of their black and tan cousins.
Illustration courtesy of the Swedish Kennel Club
About this Breed
The White Shepherd is a variety of the German Shepherd Dog, the second most popular dog breed in the United States, and the fourth most popular in the United Kingdom (where it is known as the Alsatian). The German Shepherd breed was standardized in Germany at the end of the 19th century from local dogs used for herding and livestock guarding. White Shepherds were developed from white-coated German Shepherds in the United States and Canada, and both display the same confidence, courageousness, keen sense of smell and notable intelligence that make them well suited to police work, military roles, and search and rescue. White Shepherds require regular physical and mental exercise and have a heavy shedding coat.