White Shepherd Dog Facts
The White Shepherd came from the white fur recessive gene of the German shepherd dog that is commonly black/tan in color. The white fur trait shows up when both parents carry the white fur recessive gene and both pass it on to their puppy making him homozygous for the recessive white fur gene.
The White Shepherd is not a mixed breed. Many people believe that when this dog is seen with white fur it is because it has been mixed with another breed, but in fact this is only the result of a recessive white fur gene.
About fifty years ago the White Shepherd was disqualified by the German Shepherd Dog Breed Standard of the American Kennel Club (AKC), and thus, no longer allowed to compete in the AKC conformation ring.
The White Shepherd is now registered separately from the original German Shepherd dog with AKC and with the American White Shepherd Association, and has its own White Shepherd breed standard with AKC but it is still considered to be the same German Shepherd breed.
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