The white shepherd
has its origins in the 1880s. During this period of time the first white shepherd puppies appeared as offsprings of the german shepherds. In the year 1933 the color „white“ was removed from the breeding-standards for german shepherds. It was assumed that „white shepherds“ are more vulnerable to inheritable genetic diseases like HD/ED, deafness or blindness. This assuming has been proven wrong, but the „white shepherds“ started to disappear, especially in Europe.
Around this time some white shepherds were imported to the United States and Canada where they established a new breed of white shepherds. In the 1970s Agatha Burch took a male white shepherd to Switzerland and paired him with an English female dog. So she created a new race of dogs. Later this new kind of dogs, was accredited as a new sort of breed in Switzerland. Since July 4th 2011 the „white shepherd“ has also finally been accepted in the FCI (Nr: 347).