Frequently Asked Questions
Are your dogs certified for hip and elbows?
Yes, all of our breeding dogs are xray'd clear before breeding along with many also having DM (Degenerative Myelopothy) and MDR1 (Multi Drug Resistance) testing
Do you ship dogs?
Yes, Although we do give preference to those who can pick up their puppy there are times that it is not possible and they must fly.
How long have you been breeding White Shepherds?
We Imported out first breeding pair in 2008 and have since selectively bred in order to achieve the group we now have.
What can you expect when purchasing a puppy from Andega Shepherds?
Your new puppy will have been vet checked, micro-chipped, dewormed 3 times and registered and his/her first vaccines.
Are these dogs good with cats?
There are many clients that have cats and tell me stories of how they have become best friends. Although I do recommend supervision and training when introducing them together.
White Shepherd is FCI Recognized as a Breed
The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), a world organization for purebred dogs, recognizes 339 breeds, with each official breed standard being that of the breed’s country of origin. The national kennel clubs of 83 countries belong to the FCI, but the national clubs of Canada, the United States and Great Britain do not. In these countries, the White Shepherd is still registered as a German Shepherd Dog but is disqualified from conformation shows. The exception is the United Kennel Club in the USA, which recognized the White Shepherd in 1999.
The White Shepherd became known as the White Swiss Shepherd (Berger Blanc Suisse) in November 2002, when it was accepted by the FCI. The White Shepherd was attributed to Switzerland because, in 1991, the Swiss Kennel Club was the first national kennel club to recognize the White Shepherd as a breed. The breed is provisionally recognized as part of the FCI Group 1, Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (Except Swiss Cattle Dogs) and is also officially recognized by several national kennel clubs.
White Shepherd Genetics
For a dog to be white, both its parents must carry at least one recessive white gene. White bred to white will always produce white. White bred to dark will not produce a spotted dog unless the parents carry separate genes for spotting. What the white does is prevent any genes for colour in the coat from being expressed. This is not a dilution gene. The dog will have dark eyes and a black nose and eyerims.Some Whites are actually cream, sometimes with biscuit markings. This is probably the same “biscuit” colour present in the Samoyed, which always has dark eyes and pigment whether the coat is white, cream or biscuit..