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In German Shepherd Dogs, the recessive gene for white coat hair was cast in the gene pool by the late 19th and early 20th-century program that developed and expanded the breed in Germany. A white herding dog named Greif was the grandfather of Horand von Grafrath, the dog acknowledged as the foundation of all contemporary German Shepherd Dog bloodlines. White coats were made a disqualification after the German Shepherd Club of Germany came under the control of the Nazi party that took over all aspects of German society in February 1933. The German standard remained unchanged in the years after WWII and was later adopted by North American clubs as well. In 1969, white dog fanciers in the United States and Canada formed their own “White German Shepherd” breed clubs.- WIKIPEDIA [photo credit]
There was only one White Shepherd in my life and he was an unforgettable character!
Excerpt from Chapter One of “Adventures in Dog Sitting”:
I met Luke when he was only 9 months old. What a magnificent dog! A beautiful White Shepherd, the likes of which I had never seen before. It was my weekly assignment to take him out for some exercise while his owners were at work. The first day, he was barking furiously and ready to attack before I got through the door! This was a little nerve-wracking, but I was hoping he would calm down, once he picked up my scent. Our initial meeting had been a few days prior and he had given me a thorough “once over”. With outstretched hand, palm up, I tiptoed in. Luke bounded at me, then stopped to sniff. He looked up as if to say “oh yes, I remember you” and started to wag his tail. Big sigh of relief escaped my lips!
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Two questions people kept asking me about Luke:
Is that an albino?
Is he part wolf?
Do you know the answers?
Looking forward to your comments!
(Even though my responses are late, I do read them all and appreciate them so much!)