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American White Shepherd - Information on the Dog Breed, Puppies, Breeders, Temperament and Price


The American White Shepherd is a relatively rare dog breed.



The dog has a rather regal air that is accentuated by its pure white coat. These dogs are very versatile and can be kept either as working dogs or as pets. They are excellent in herding and often excel in obedience and agility performance events.





Physical Appearance


The American White Shepherd looks exactly like a German Shepherd, and their only true distinguishing feature is their pure white coat. Their coat is full and thick and consists of a dense undercoat and a close lying outer coat.
 

Temperament


The temperament of an American White Shepherd has been compared to that of a Roman soldier-alert, obedient, and fearless.



They develop a close relationship with their human masters, and love to participate in family games. The American White Shepherd is very loyal and protective, especially of those they recognize as children, or “human pups”. These dogs seem to know when their services are required under any circumstances, and they are quick to react accordingly. This dog must be trained, especially in obedience while it is still a pup, otherwise it will grow up either timid, or self-willed and stubborn. Once on the wrong track, it can be rather difficult to discipline. American White Shepherds are so intelligent that they are often used as guide dogs for the blind, search and rescue dogs, and guard dogs. They are often used as part of security measures to sniff out explosives and drugs.
 

Health problems


Some of the health and disease problems in this dog breed are hip and elbow dysplasia, skin problems and allergies. An American White Shepherd if housed in an apartment will fare decently if sufficiently exercised. They are rather inactive indoors, but enjoy a big yard. These dogs require plenty of exercise and owners are often advised to take them out on a daily basis for a brisk walk or run.

American White Shepherd Care


Daily mental and physical exercise helps to keep dogs of this breed agile and good tempered. A stable, well –adjusted and trained American White Shepherd is known to get on well with other pets and to maintain excellent rapport with the children of the family. The dog’s obedience must be ensured firmly from an early age, through consistent discipline that is in no way harsh. In order to find out information on American White Shepherd puppies for sale, you can contact a local breeder. American White Shepherd breeders can also provide first-hand information on their dietary needs, grooming, and general care.
 
  Submitted on September 16, 2011