Contrary to popular misconception, White German Shepherds are actually the exact same breed as regular black or black and tan German Shepherds.
White German Shepherds occur naturally in litters where the parents carry the genes required for this solid coat type.
The variation has been very popular in the United States where White German Shepherds were selectively bred to meet the demand. And while their start in Europe was a bit rocky, they are also starting to see similar reception.
Let’s take a quick look at what you can expect in terms of appearance from a White German Shepherd.
Build and general appearance
The only way to tell whether a White German Shepherd is a full breed is through genetic testing. However, there are a few classic traits that are easy to pick out with the breed that could help you identify them.
These include the dog’s medium to large build, long snout, as well as the large, erect ears. The main difference compared to other German Shepherds is the fact that the white variety lack the iconic black mask marking.
Another common misconception is that White German Shepherds are albino dogs.
This is simply not the case as a completely different set of genes are involved in both varieties. One of the best ways to tell them apart is through the eye color. The White German Shepherd has brown eyes that range from dark brown to amber. Albino dogs on the other hand will often have blue, green, or grey eyes.
Another key feature of the White German Shepherd is the fact that they are more often than not long haired. This is quite rare among German Shepherds in general as the genes responsible for this coat type are recessive.