German Shepherd vs White Shepherd

Compare the German Shepherd to the White Shepherd. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between German Shepherds and White Shepherds.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the German Shepherd and the White Shepherd are good for new owners, but the German Shepherd is a slightly better choice.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the White Shepherd is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The White Shepherd is very easy to groom. The German Shepherd has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - Both the German Shepherd and White Shepherd are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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German Shepherd vs White Shepherd
German Shepherd Dog Breed
White Shepherd Dog
Breed NameGerman ShepherdWhite Shepherd
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-14 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Height22-26 in.22-26 in.
Weight75-95 lb77-85 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryGermanyGermany
Origin Year1899 AD1882 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 85°F40°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighHigh
Top Running Speed30 mph30 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMedium-HighMedium-High
SheddingHighHigh
DanderHighHigh
Drool AmountMediumMedium

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameGerman ShepherdWhite Shepherd
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsHighHigh
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingHighHigh
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionHighHigh
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameGerman ShepherdWhite Shepherd
Lifespan
Lifespan10-14 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesYes
BlindnessYesNo
BloatYesYes
CancerYesNo
CataractsYesNo
Cherry EyeYesNo
Chronic DiarrheaYesNo
Cruciate Ligament RuptureYesNo
Cushing's SyndromeYesNo
Degenerative MyelopathyYesNo
Demodectic MangeYesNo
DiabetesYesNo
Digestive ProblemsYesNo
Elbow DysplasiaYesNo
EpilepsyYesNo
Exocrine Pancreatic InsufficiencyYesNo
Heart DiseaseYesNo
Hemophilia AYesNo
Hemophilia BYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
Hypertrophic OsteodystrophyYesNo
Joint DysplasiaNoYes
Lens LuxationYesNo
LupusYesNo
MegaesophagusYesNo
Myasthenia GravisYesNo
Nail Bed DiseaseYesNo
OsteochondrosisYesNo
PannusYesNo
PanosteitisYesNo
ParalysisYesNo
Perianal FistulaYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Retinal DysplasiaYesNo
SeborrheaYesNo
VitiligoYesNo
Von Willebrand's DiseaseYesNo
Wobbler's SyndromeYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameGerman ShepherdWhite Shepherd
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Bi-colorYesNo
BlackYesNo
Black & TanYesNo
Black & CreamYesNo
Black & RedYesNo
Black & SilverYesNo
BlueYesNo
GrayYesNo
LiverYesNo
SableYesNo
WhiteYesYes