who we are
We are breeders, trainers, exhibitors, and pet owners, and general enthusiasts united to the preservation, development, and promotion of the white shepherd dog. Our members are scattered throughout the US and Canada. We subscribe to the the United kennel Club (ukc) "Total Dog" concept, and encourage participation in all UKC events. Our breed shows their diversity in utility by often being titled in the following: Conformation, Obedience, rally, Agility, Tracking, Herding, Flyball, dock diving, lure coursing, barn hunt, protection, Pet Therapy, Police Work, and Search & Rescue.
United white shepherd club newsletter
The purpose of the United White Shepherd Club is to protect, promote and advance the best interests and welfare of purebred white shepherds, aka White Swiss Shepherd/Berger Blanc Suisse. The club also seeks to gain recognition of the White Shepherd as a distinct breed in registries worldwide, and to continue to bring their natural qualities to perfection through quality and careful breeding practices. The UWSC is the breed's official parent club for the registry United Kennel Club, Inc. The United Kennel Club (UKC) recognized the White Shepherd as a separate breed on January 1, 2000. Since that time White Shepherds have been competing in all UKC events. These UKC events include Obedience, Agility, Conformation. lure coursing, weight pull, and dock diving.
what are white shepherds
White shepherds are a breed of herding dog directly related to the german shepherd dog. In fact, with the exception of the coat color allele (a gene marker) that produces the white coat color, white shepherds are genetically the same as the fsd. However, the history of the white shepherd produced a separation in europe and the united states in the 19 century that allowed for the most part the white shepherd to develop into a distinct type of dog that is different from the original colored shepherds. The White Shepherd was recognized by the United Kennel Club on April 14, 1999, and permanentaly as a distinct breed by the Federation Cynologique Internationale( aka the world canine organization) in July 2011. For more information about White Shepherd history go to our About WS page.
On July 5th, 2011, the FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale), recognized the White Shepherd (Berger Blanc Suisse) as an accepted breed officially during it's July General Assembly. This is a change from it's previous provisional breed status which has stood since 2002. We are very excited about this continued global trend toward recognition of the White Shepherd as a distinct breed of herding dog.