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White Swiss Shepherd Dog versus (White) German Shepherd Dog


The most common question we get asked is - ARE THEY THE SAME ???

or we get "told" that they are the same !!

There are a few who believe in there hearts that they are the same dog, and on the other side of the coin there are a few who believe that they are different, so who is right or wrong.

Every Member of the FCI/ANKC who breeds dogs, has a Breed Standard that they MUST comply with!

We have attached some interesting articles well worth a read.

» Breed Standards - What are they used for? (.pdf)

» Who Changes a Breed? (.pdf)

Let us compare with the different breed standards.
As there is no such breed as a White Shepherd in Australia or recognised by the FCI, we will refer to the FCI German Shepherd breed standard GSD No 166.

& White Swiss Shepherd breed standard No 347.


We have compared BOTH breed standards in detail. We have out them side by side

The White Swiss Shepherd Dog versus German Shepherd Dog
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   White Swiss Shepherd
    (White) German Shepherd
 HEAD 

Slightly longer from stop to nose leather, than stop to occiput.

   50/50 – Stop to nose: stop to occiput.
 HEAD

Head length 35% of height to withers

    Head length 40% of height to withers
 BODY

12:10 Length (point of shoulder to point of buttock) : Height (withers to ground)

10:9-8.5 Length (point of shoulder to point of buttock) : Height (withers to ground)

 CHEST DEPTH
  50-55% (50% ideal) of height to withers

45-48% of height to withers  45-48% of height to withers

SHOULDER ANGLE 

  90°

 90-110°

  TOPLINE
Straight & Level:
The withers slope into a level, straight back with a gentle slope over the croup to the set on the tail.

Straight:
Straight also does not mean level, straight can be at a gentle slope towards the croup.

  FEET

  Oval

   Rounded

  COLOUR

  White Only

 

The colour white is not permitted.

N/B:  The ANKC CAN & DO register German Shepherd dogs of the colour WHITE in 2016.
If parents of the White puppy is  registered with the ANKC, & they themsleves ARE current members of the ANKC, ALL offspring CAN and WILL be given ANKC papers.
 White Swiss Shepherd Dog 
    (WHITE) German Shepherd Dog

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY - FROM THE FCI STANDARD OF THE WSSD NO. 347

In USA and Canada white shepherd dogs have gradually become to be accepted as a distinct breed. The first dogs of this breed were imported into Switzerland in the early 70ies. The American male “Lobo”, whelped on 5th March 1966, can be considered as the progenitor of the breed in Switzerland. The descendants of that male registered with the Swiss Stud Book (LOS) and other white shepherd dogs imported from USA and Canada, gradually multiplied. There exists now a big number of white shepherd dogs, pure-bred, over several generations, distributed throughout Europe. For that reason, since June 1991, these dogs have been registered as a new breed with the appendix of the Swiss Stud Book (LOS). 



A SHORT HISTORICAL OVERVIEW - FROM THE FCI BREED STANDARD OF THE GSD NO. 166
The German Shepherd Dog, whose planned breeding commenced in the year 1899, after the founding of the GSD Verein, was bred from the central German and South German strains of the existing herding dogs of those times, with the final goal of creating a working dog, predisposed to high working aptitude. in order to reach this goal, the Breed Standard was laid down, which relates to the physical attributes, as well as to those of temperament and character.
BEHAVIOUR / CHARACTER FROM THE FCI STANDARD OF THE WSSD NO. 347.

Lively, without nervousness, attentive and watchful; towards strangers sometimes slightly aloof but never apprehensive or aggressive.


FROM THE FCI BREED STANDARD OF THE G/SD NO. 166 TEMPERAMENT - The German Shepherd Dog must be of well balanced temperament, steady of nerve, self assured, absolutely free and easy, and (unless provoked) completely good natured, as well as alert and tractable. He must have courage, combative instinct and hardness, in order to be suitable as companion, watch, protection, service and herding dog.
 

GENERAL APPEARANCE FROM THE FCI STANDARD OF THE WSSD NO. 347.
A powerful, well-muscled, medium-sized, white shepherd dog with erect ears, double coat or long double coat or long double coat; elongated shape; medium sized bone and elegant, harmonious outline.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS :
- Moderately long rectangular shape : body length (from the point of shoulder to point of buttock) to height at withers = 12 : 10.

- The distance from the stop to the nose-leather slightly beyond the distance from the stop to the occipital protuberance.

GENERAL APPEARANCE FROM THE FCI BREED STANDARD OF THE GSD NO. 166
The German Shepherd Dog is medium sized, slightly elongated, powerful and well muscled, the bones dry and the overall structure firm. 

Important Proportions:
The height of withers:

for dogs is 60-65 cm (23½ - 25½ ins), and
for bitches 55-60 cm (21½ - 23½ ins).
The length of the body is greater than the height at the withers by about 10 to 17%. 

                White Swiss Shepherd (FCI Registered)

                   German Shepherd (White) ANKC Registered

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FROM THE FCI STANDARD OF THE WSSD NO. 347

Height at withers :
Dogs 60 - 66 cm.
Bitches 55 - 61 cm.
Weight :
Dogs : ca. 30 - 40 kg.
Bitches : ca. 25 - 35 kg.
Typical dogs with slight under- or oversize should not be eliminated.

FROM THE FCI BREED STANDARD OF THE GSD NO. 166
Dogs: Height at withers 60-65 cm (23½ - 25½ ins)
Weight 30-40 kg (66-88 lbs)

Bitches: Height at withers 55-60 cm (21½ - 23½ ins)

Weight 22-32 kg (48-71 lbs).
FROM THE FCI STANDARD OF THE WSSD NO. 347
EYES: Medium-sized, almond shaped, placed a little obliquely; colour brown to darkbrown;

eye lids well fitting with black eye-rims desirable.
Expressive, showing intelligence and attentiveness. Clear and framed by black almondshaped eyelids. Of moderate size, set a little obliquely, neither prominent nor sunken, with pupils dark, well defined and perfectly positioned. Colour is brown.
One eye or both eyes blue, protruding eyes, entropion and ectropion are all listed as eliminating faults. As is total loss of pigment on the eye rims and albinism.
 
FROM THE FCI BREED STANDARD OF THE GSD NO. 166 EYES: The eyes are of medium size, almond shaped, slightly oblique and not protruding.  The colour of the eyes should be as dark as possible.  Light piercing eyes are not desirableas they detract from the expression of the dog.
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FROM THE FCI STANDARD OF THE WSSD NO. 347
NOSE
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Medium-sized; black pigmentation desired; snow nose and lighter nose
accepted. The nose should be solid jet black. The black nose is due the dog being a black dog genetically masked by the white gene.
Breeding with non-pure (white) White Swiss Shepherds will reveal the dogs’ coloured genetics. For example a red nose indicates the dogs red colouring and liver represents the liver colouring. The amount of pink  overage/depigmentation on noses tends to be more pronounced in breeding programs consisting of white coloured dogs, inclusive of German Shepherd bloodlines rather than pure (white) White Swiss Shepherd dogs.
FROM THE FCI BREED STANDARD OF THE GSD NO. 166
NOSE:
The nose must be black.
 
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FROM THE FCI STANDARD OF THE WSSD NO. 347
FEET:
Oval
FROM THE FCI BREED STANDARD OF THE GSD NO. 166
FEET:
Rounded
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FROM THE FCI STANDARD OF THE WSS NO. 347
GAIT:
Rhythmical sequences of steps with even drive and enduring; front legs reaching out far, with strong thrust; trot ground covering and easy.
The rhythmic trot requires forward momentum to maintain the smooth transfer of weight from feet and spring as the body is suspended during the moment of propulsion.
The White Swiss Shepherd by function is a trotting dog consisting of powerful hind leg propulsion and an even and far-reaching stride. This trot is smooth and elegant due to the combination of the length of neck afforded by the shoulder angles, the length of body and straight topline.
FROM THE FCI BREED STANDARD OF THE GSD NO. 166
GAIT:
Any tendency towards over-angulation of the hindquarter decreases the firmness and endurance and therefore the dog’s utmost working ability.  Correct structural proportions and angulations result in a ground covering, low to the ground movement that gives the impression of effortless forward propulsion.  With the head pushed forward and a slightly raised tail, an even, balanced and smooth trot, results in a gently curving and unbroken topline, running from the tip of the ears and over the neck and back through to the end of the tail.
As the GSD is a trotting dog, his sequence of steps follows a diagonal pattern, in that he always moves the foreleg and opposite hindleg forward at the same time.  To achieve this, his limbs must be in such balance, one to another that he can thrust the hindfoot well forward to the mid point of the body without any noticeable change in the back line. 
The correct proportion of height to length and corresponding length of limbs will produce a ground covering stride that travels flat over the ground, giving the impression of effortless movement.  With his head thrust forward and a slightly raised tail, a balanced and even trotter displays a flowing line, running from the tips of his ears, over the neck and back, down to the tip of the tail. The gait should be supple, smooth and long reaching, carrying the body with the minimum of up and down movement, entirely free from stiltedness.
 

                      White Swiss Shepherd Dog movement

                                German Shepherd Dog movement 

NB. The above diagram & photo's are to demonstrate the different movement between the WSSD & GSD.
To be used as a educational purpose only. 

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FROM THE FCI STANDARD OF THE WSSD NO. 347
TAIL
Bushy sabre tail, tapering to the tip; set on rather deep; reaching at least to the hock joint; at rest, it hangs either straight down or with a slight saber-like curve in its last third part; in movement carried higher, but never above the topline.
The tail is bushy haired for medium haired dogs while longhaired dogs have copiously feathered tails. At rest the tail either hangs straight down or with a slight curve.
Although not desirable the end can curve slightly. A tail that is short and/or curly, or too long or lacking the bushy characteristics is a serious fault to the extent of the disfiguration.
FROM THE FCI BREED STANDARD OF THE GSD NO. 166
TAIL

The tail reaches at least to the hock joint, however, not beyond the middle of the rear pastern.  It has slightly longer hair on the underside and is carried in a gently hanging curve when relaxed. It can be carried higher when excited or during movement but not above the horizontal.  Corrective surgery is forbidden.
FROM THE FCI STANDARD OF THE WSSD NO. 347
FAULTS
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

MINOR FAULTS :

- Slight deer colour (light yellow or fawny shading) on ear-tips, back and upper-side of the tail.
- Partial loss of pigment of flecked appearance on nose-leather, lips and/or eye rims.

SERIOUS FAULTS :

- Heavy appearance, too short build (square outline)
- Masculinity or femininity not clearly defined .
- Missing more than two PM1; the M3 are not taken into account.
- Drop (hanging) ears, semi-pricked ears, button ears.
- Strongly sloping back-line.
- Ring-tail, kinky tail, hook tail, tail carried over back.
- Soft, silky topcoat; woolly, curly, open coat; distinctly long hair without undercoat.
- Distinct deer colour (distinct yellowish or tawny discolouring) on ear-tips, back and upper-side of the tail.

FROM THE FCI BREED STANDARD OF THE GSD NO. 166
FAULTS -

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its

degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

MAJOR FAULTS

• Any deviations from the above described breed characteristics that impair the working ability of the dog.

• Ear Faults:  Laterally too low set ears, tipped ears, inward tilted ears, ears that are not firm.

• Severe lack of pigment.

• Severe lack in overall firmness.

DENTITION FAULTS

All deviations from a scissor bite and the dentition formula as far as it does not concern disqualifying faults (see below)

 ELIMINATING FAULTS :
Overly shy or aggressive.
One eye or both eyes blue, protruding eyes.
Entropion, ectropion.
Over-or undershot mouth, wry mouth.

Total loss of pigment on nose, lips and/or eye rims.
Total loss of pigment in the skin and on the pads.

Albinism.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

a) Weak character, aggression without provocation or nervousness.

b) Dogs with proven severe Hip Dysplasia.

c) Monorchids and cryptorchids, as well as dogs with clearly uneven or atrophied (stunted) testicles.

d) Disfiguring ear or tail defects.

e) Dogs with deformities.

f) Dogs with missing teeth as follows:-

1 Pre-Molar 3, and one further tooth, or

1 Canine, or

1 Pre-Molar 4, or

1 Molar 1, or

1 Molar 2, or

3 or more teeth altogether.

g) Dogs with jaw defects:  Overshot 2mm or more.  Undershot.  Level bite in the whole of the incisor area.

h) Dogs that are more than 1cm over or under size.

i) Albinism

j) White coat colour (even with dark eyes and nails).

k) Longcoat:  Long, soft top coat, without undercoat, usually with a parting down the middle of the back, flags on ears and legs and tail.

  NOTE
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
  NOTES
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

Not only monorchids and cryptorchids should be disqualified, but also dogs with clearly uneven or stunted testicles.

Clearly there are TWO different Breed Standards