American White Shepherd

White German Shepherd

The American White Shepherd Dog was first recognized as a breed in 1932. This breed is one of the most rare dog breeds out there and numbers only 900 American White Shepherds worldwide. American Whites are known to be active, intelligent, yet sensitive dogs who take their roles as family members seriously.

Grasping American White History:

American Whites originated in Chicago, Illinois in the early 1930’s. At this time, American Whites were known as American Alsatians and were used as guard dogs on meat-packing trucks.

When the Second World War came along American Whites – now commonly referred to as White Shepherds -were bred with White German Shepherd Dogs which resulted in larger American White Shepherds that later became known as American Alsatans.

After WWII, American Whites continued to spread throughout America through dog clubs and contests where they were shown primarily for their size rather than breed type. This led the American Kennel Club (AKC) to separate American Whites from German Shepherds in 1946; at this time they also separated them into two different registered breeds: The American Alsatian and American White Shepherd.

In 1964 American Whites became known as American White German Shepherds and continued to prosper as such until the 1980’s when breeders began breeding them with other dogs such as American Bulldogs and Boxers. This led American Whites to become even larger in size, making them resemble their American Alsatan ancestors rather than German Shepherds .   

American Whites continued to change with American Bulldogs, American Pit Bull Terriers, American Bulldogs, Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers and Great Danes added to their gene pool. This led American Whites to become too large in size for the American Kennel Club.

American White Shepherd

Essentially American Whites are designer dogs that possess qualities from several other breeds such as: German Shepherds and American Alsatians.

The American White German Shepherd Dog was first recognized as a breed in 1932. This breed is one of the most rare dog breeds out there and numbers only 900 American White Shepherds worldwide. American Whites are known to be active, intelligent, yet sensitive dogs who take their roles as family members seriously. American Whites are known to have a high sense of awareness and as such, American Whites will protect their owners from any threat they come across. American White Shepherds serve as a form a therapy for sick or lonely individuals due to their affectionate nature.

American White Shepherds have been recorded helping autistic children improve in emotional situations. American Whites require a considerable amount of exercise before being left alone at home so going on daily walks with your American White Shepherd is advised. American White Shepherds thrive when involved in family activities and enjoy participating in outdoor games whereas indoor playtime helps channel American Whites’ energy towards positive means. As puppies American Whites are highly exuberant and may nip, chew, and jump without being aware of the consequences which can be a problem for American White Shepherd owners not accustomed to this behavior.

German Shepherds Whites may also become very attached to their owners and require tons of attention. American Whites are bred as working dogs so American White Shepherds crave being useful so they do best in jobs such as search and rescue, therapy work, herding, police work, or competitive dog sports. American Whites are also great as watchdogs and due to American Whites’ protective nature, American White Shepherds can be trained as guard dogs. American Whites require a stable and experienced American White Shepherd owner who can properly socialize American White Shepherds from puppyhood, establish the rules of the household, provide proper care for an American.

 Height Weight:

Height: Males 24 – 26 inches (60 – 65 cm) Females 22 – 24 inches (55 – 60 cm)

Weight: 77 – 85 pounds (35 – 40 kg)

American White Shepherd

Health Problems:

 American White Shepherds are a relatively new breed of dog, created in the mid 20th century. They were bred for their athleticism and beauty to become a popular American breed. American White Shepherds have been used as service dogs, military dogs, police dogs , therapy dogs and show dogs. American White Shepherds with good temperaments make excellent family pets with the proper training and socialization !

 American white shepherds are not without their health problems however . Some of these health concerns may be due to the fact that American white shepherds are often linebred or inbred – meaning several generations can be produced from only one set of parents . Many American white shepherd breeders do this intentionally , with the hope of “fixing” a specific look and temperament within a certain American white shepherd bloodline . Others breed American white shepherds with no actual plan for the outcome of those American white shepherd pups. This means that the American White Shepherd being bred may have been inbred or linebred , or they can also carry recessive genes from both parents.

Living Condition:

White Shepherds will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. They are relatively inactive indoors and do best with at least a large yard.


The American White Shepherd is a breed of dog that was developed in the United States, in the early 1900s. American White Shepard dogs are known to be quite intelligent and can learn things very quickly. American White Shepherds have been employed as rescue dogs, police K9, personal protection dogs for high profile celebrities, seeing eye dogs and service animals to people with disabilities or who are deaf. American White Shepherds were even used in movies such as Star Wars: A New Hope and The Matrix Reloaded .

The American White Shepherd is a mid-sized dog but they do tend to have large heads in comparison to the rest of their body which lends them an imposing appearance. This breed of dog has a shaggy white coat around their head. White Shepherds love strenuous activity, preferably combined with training of some kind, for these dogs are very intelligent and crave a good challenge.

They need to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walk, jog or run alongside you when you bicycle. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as in a dog’s mind the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. Most Shepherds love to play ball or Frisbee. Ten to fifteen minutes of fetching along with daily pack walks will tire your dog out quite nicely as well as give him a sense of purpose. Whether it is ball chasing, Frisbee catching, obedience training, participation in a canine playgroup or just taking long walks/jogs, you must be willing to provide some form of daily, constructive exercise. The daily exercise must always include daily walks/jogs to satisfy the dog’s migration instinct. If under-exercised and/or not mentally challenged, this breed can become restless and destructive. Does best with a job to do.

American White Shepherd

Life Expectancy:

Around 12 years

Litter Size:

About 8 to 12 puppies


This breed sheds bits of hair constantly and is a seasonally heavy shedder. They should be brushed daily or you will have hair all over your home. Bathe only when necessary; over bathing can cause skin irritation from oil depletion. Check ears and trim claws regularly.


The American White Shepherd (AWS) is an American breed of dog that originated in the United States. It is not to be confused with the American White Shepherd Club, which was created in 2001 by American breeder Dan Smith.

The American White Shepherd has historical roots dating back to World War II, when English General Billie Stephens sought assistance from breeders of large white dogs around the world to develop a specific breed of herding dog for use by American forces. He coined this new breed as “American Alsatian”, which became known shortly thereafter as American White Shepherds. The American Kennel Club would later rename this name change American Akita after it merged with another club and declared the name change invalid. Presently, AWS breeding stock is not accepted in American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club or American Canine Registry listings.

At this time in history American forces were employing dogs for specific military purposes with the most common being the K-9 units used for transport, search and rescue, detection of drugs & explosives, enemy patrol, sentry duty/guard dog and medical aid (doctoring) to American forces.

Billie Stephens was aware of the breeding’s and development efforts of dog enthusiasts worldwide to re-create the large white dog, but he was particularly impressed by the breeding efforts of American breeder Dan Smith. Dan had started his own breeding’s to American Alsatians (American White Shepherds) in order to try to meet General Billie Stephens’ request for assistance. Dan’s American Alsatian breeding lines were primarily American.

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