The White Australian Shepherd is typically a medium-sized dog that ranges from 18 to 24 inches tall. The female Aussie weighs between 40 to 56 lbs. Male Aussies are a bit larger, weighing between 48 to 66 lbs.
In terms of physical appearance, the White Aussie is like any other regular Aussies or its cousins, except for a few differences. Here is what you can expect from White Aussies.
The White Australian Shepherd has a double coat that can either be straight or wavy, and of medium length. With a double layer, its coat can exhibit weather resistant properties and helps with thermoregulation, keeping the pooch cool during summer and warm during winter.
Also, the White Aussie has some “feathering” on its tail, chest, and legs. This gives these furry areas a wavy texture when running through the breeze.
One distinction White Aussies have over other regular Aussies is their predominantly white coat. Despite having darkly pigmented patches or merle markings all over their bodies, White Aussies should still have a white colored base coat. The noses of these dogs are often found to be black.
Furthermore, there are all-white or lethal white Aussies without any markings at all but with a completely white coat. These dogs are often bred from two Merle Australian Shepherds together. This breeding will result in an offspring with a pink nose and with several health issues, including congenital deafness.
Nowadays, breeding of two merle dogs is deemed highly unethical as the resultant offspring will be unhealthy pups with short lifespans. Hence, White Aussies are deemed to be rare and ethical breeders are doing their part in stopping such breeding practices to help eliminate these “white variants” with hearing defects and other health complications.