We have a new dog, a white German Shepherd puppy named Rex (after the famous Inspector Rex). I’ve had shepherds before, even bred them for a few years, but never a white one. The colour is considered a flaw in the show fraternity and, in the past, white pups have been routinely drowned. A great shame, as this colour has a long and proud history in the evolution of the breed. A white herding dog named Greif was the grandfather of Horand von Grafrath, the dog acknowledged as the foundation of all contemporary German Shepherd bloodlines.
White shepherds are not albinos, and have no particular health concerns, so when a pup became available locally, we decided to welcome him to our family. White dogs are said to have a softer, mellower, more sensitive personality than their traditionally coloured cousins. This is born out with Rex – he’s a very chilled out boy!
He’s nine weeks old now, and his ears are starting to stand erect, just as they should. I couldn’t be happier with him and heartily recommend the breed. So if you’re looking for a family dog that –
- Is strong, athletic, and natural-looking
- Has a quieter personality than a black and tan German Shepherd
- Thrives on challenging activities and exercise
- Is exceptionally intelligent, loyal, and versatile — when well-socialised and well-trained, can learn and do almost anything
- Makes a sensible watchdog and is not inappropriately hostile
– then a White German Shepherd may be right for you.
This last photo is what I hope Rex will look like when he’s all grown up! 🙂