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Old 11-19-2007, 06:57 AM
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There is a white GSD in our working dog club. He's healthy and robust but he's got temperament issues that would preclude him from being what anyone would consider a good GSD. He's not a real strong dog though, and really shouldn't be doing the type of training we do at the club. He'd be a good obedience dog, but bite work is not something he'll ever be good at. He's fearful and shows way too much avoidance when the decoy puts any amount of pressure on him. To me, that's what you get when you have a GSD that is bred for color or other traits, like looking nice in the show ring. The breed's other characteristics are watered down too much.
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Old 11-19-2007, 07:59 AM
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Here they now have their own recognised standared as White Shepherds. I don't know a lot about them but they are aceptable to show and breed here. I know one breder (I know OF them... on a forum) that is fighting for her breed and does an amazing job, working hard to make the breed more healthy, however.. Mini Aussies are looked down upon
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Old 11-19-2007, 02:22 PM
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How would you descirbe a "well tempered" GSD? I'm assuming it is far off of the original standard, as most people do not understand a true GSD, white or not.
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Old 11-19-2007, 02:36 PM
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Not sure who your question was directed at showdawgz, but to me, a well tempered GSD would be:

Calm and easy going in general, but protective when needed. Confident and fearless in the face of danger. Aloof- acknowledge visitors but not climb all over them for attention. Poised and intelligent.
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Old 11-19-2007, 03:34 PM
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Thanks for the info

So does the AKC register the "White Shepherd"?
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Old 11-19-2007, 03:49 PM
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No I was not directing that question to you Dan. I was refferring to those who say white shepherds have better temperaments, when I've only seen fearful ones and ones who NEEDED attention from everyone. Neither temperaments fit the true standard of a GSD.
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Old 11-19-2007, 03:56 PM
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So what's your definition of a true GSD temperment then?
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Old 11-19-2007, 06:11 PM
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Thanks for the info

So does the AKC register the "White Shepherd"?
No, the AKC doesn't recognize the White Shepherd, but they will register the white GSD, they just can't compete in conformation events.
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Old 11-19-2007, 07:51 PM
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UKC had a breed called the White Shepherd. They are lovely and the ones I've met at shows have been nice dogs. UKC also allows the white GSD's to compete with the GSD's in a separate class I beleive. The WS is a separate breed with UKC.

http://unitedwhiteshepherdclub.org/
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Old 11-19-2007, 09:18 PM
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So what's your definition of a true GSD temperment then?
Dan pretty much summed it up. GSD's should be confident and self assured (although it is ok for some to be "sharp), not agressive but protective (can distinguish a true threat and think before reacting), and aloof. People dont seem to understand that, and expect my dogs to fawn over you and if they dont then they are "mean" or "antisocial".
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