The German Shepherd Dog Breed- Long Coated German Shepherds and White German Shepherds

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					The German Shepherd dog breed includes various varieties and types. You are
probably acquainted with a few of these dogs, which have attributes that are at a
distance from the limitations of the German Shepherd standard, thus these distinctions
are prohibited. There are two that are commonplace. These are the long haired
German Shepherd and the white German Shepherd.
 As an example, long coated GSDs are mentioned in the breed standard, but don't
meet the model defined in it, although all German Shepherds carry the recessive gene
for long hair. Long coated German Shepherds are German Shepherd dogs, but since
the long coat is considered a disqualification, they are not accepted as correct
representatives of the breed.
 These dogs are not admitted as suitable specimens of the breed mainly because they
don't have the undercoat which German Shepherds with short hair do. Dogs with no
undercoat are not waterproof. In a previous article I explained that German Shepherd
dogs were established originally as working dogs, so if they are not waterproof that
would be a handicap to the dog's working ability.
 Nonetheless, these German Shepherds are being bred mostly in North America.
Some breeders are solely devoted to breeding long coated German Shepherds. In
Europe, there is a separate club dedicated to promote this variation of the breed,
which is named the Old German Shepherd. Some breeders and owners just like the
way they look, but others have different reasons to breed long haired German
Shepherds; for example, that they don't shed as much as the short haired version.
 There are two types of long coats:
 I- The Long Smooth Coated German Shepherd Dog
 These dogs have a weatherproof coat, but not as much as the medium smooth coat.
Normally, these dogs have considerably longer hair in and behind the ears, and behind
the forearms and loin area. The tail is fluffy and with a slight feathering underneath.
Normally these dogs have a narrower chest and muzzle.
 II- The Long Coated German Shepherd Dog
 This coat is notably longer than the previous one and is normally very soft and parts
along the back.
 The white German Shepherd is another type of GSD which has a characteristic
which is considered a fault. This variety is being bred in North America as a separate
breed, called the American White Shepherd. The white German Shepherd is a GSD
and inconsistent to what some people believe, it is not rare or albino. They have a
white coat, dark eyes and have black noses and pads.
 When the first German all breed dog show was held in 1899 in Germany, Stephanitz
and his friend, Arthur Meyer were searching for a dog that was intelligent, strong and
healthy. They wanted a medium sized dog with erect ears that had a weatherproof coat.
A dog that was outgoing, trainable and friendly. They came across Hektor Linksrhein,
who was later renamed Horand von Grafrath. This dog carried recessive white genes.
Back in those days many herdsmen wanted dogs with white coats, because they were
easier to differentiate from European wolves, which were darker. With Hektor as the
basis for the breed, the white coat was an aspect that was enhanced.
 In 1912, the first German Shepherds were imported into the US and immediately,
white puppies started to show up in the litters. In "The German Shepherd Dog"
published in 1921 von Stephanitz included a photo of a white German Shepherd,
which was a direct descendant of Hektor.
 In 1933, when Hitler declared a state of emergency and the German Nazi party took
control of all aspects of the German society, they also took control of the German
Shepherd Dog Club of Germany. After that, white coats were made a disqualifying
factor in the breed standard. Although at that time Hitler thought that the white genes
brought about color fading in regular dogs, now we know that the color fading gene is
different from the white recessive gene.
 In 1964, aficionados of the white German Shepherd in California started the first
White German Shepherd Dog Club. In 1969, the White German Shepherd Dog Club
of America was formed.