Most common health problems in White German Shepherds, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your White Shepherd

If you want to AVOID health problems in your White Shepherd, you'll find my health care program very valuable.

It's called "11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy."

Raise your dog the RIGHT way, feed him the RIGHT food, give him the RIGHT vaccinations, avoid unnecessary veterinary expenses, and help him live a longer, happier, and more comfortable life.

If your White Shepherd already HAS a health problem, I'm sorry to hear that. You should immediately begin my health care program, and you may be able to restore his good health – or at least make him much more comfortable. Let me help!

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White Shepherd Health Care & Feeding

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Quick list of White Shepherd health problems

If you've already read my White Shepherd Review, some of this will sound familiar. But for those of you who haven't read it, it bears repeating here.

German Shepherds come in a variety of colors, including white. For several reasons, white dogs aren't appreciated by the national breed club or the folks who go to dog shows. Nevertheless, white dogs can still be registered with the American Kennel Club as German Shepherds, and whatever their color, those AKC dogs all share essentially the same genes, including health genes.

So if you're considering acquiring an AKC-registered German Shepherd who just happens to be white, the health problems you need to worry about are the same as if he were a more familiar black and tan color. See German Shepherd Health Problems.

Now, a white dog might instead be registered with the United Kennel Club (UKC), which offers separate registration to white dogs under their own breed name: White Shepherd.

If you're considering acquiring a UKC White Shepherd, you need to know whether the breeder has succeeded in truly making his dogs different from AKC German Shepherds. If he hasn't, his UKC White Shepherds will be virtually indistinguishable from AKC German Shepherds. But if he has succeeded, his UKC White Shepherds will look and act a bit different, and their health may be a bit better. Still, the basic health problems will be quite similar. See German Shepherd Health Problems.

Finally, there is another breed based in Europe and registered with the FCI called the White Swiss Shepherd (Berger Blanc Suisse). This breed differs from AKC German Shepherds and UKC White Shepherds in key areas of appearance, temperament, and health. I'm currently working on an article about that breed.

So to sum up....the health problems of AKC German Shepherds (regular colors), AKC German Shepherds (white), and UKC White Shepherds are all similar:

Crippling joint diseases. Skin problems. Autoimmune diseases. Neurological diseases. Digestive diseases. Heart diseases. Eye diseases. Cancer. Epilepsy. Bloat. See German Shepherd Health Problems for more details.


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your White Shepherd have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, heart disease, and degenerative myelopathy, your White Shepherd has less risk of developing those conditions.

Other health problems can be prevented, or partially prevented, by the ways you raise your dog. If you're serious about doing everything you can for your White Shepherd, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your White German Shepherd puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways. It will help you be your dog's health care champion!


Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy White German Shepherd puppy or adult dog:

Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your White Shepherd lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


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Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your White Shepherd
Food is the #1 foundation for good health. The best diet for feeding your dog is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, fish....these are not just "people foods" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your White Shepherd. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your White Shepherd
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your White Shepherd. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your White German Shepherd puppy really need? Does your adult White Shepherd need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed! Find out what some vets aren't telling you.


Information on spaying your White Shepherd. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female dog.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.


Information on choosing the best vet for your White Shepherd. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Assisi Loop Assisi Loop Review: How I Helped Treat Inflammation and Pain
Does your dog suffer from arthritis, hip dysplasia, disk disease, colitis, a skin wound? My honest review of a veterinary device you can use at home to help reduce inflammation and pain.


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