BREED STATUS IN AUSTRALIA
Non-ANKC (but ANKC registered for sports) Whitemist Treasure CCD RA AD JDX GD SPD SD HT HTM.N DWDF.N ET
Non-ANKC Clarelly First Snow
Non-ANKC Neigepearl Superb Vitality (AI)
Non-ANKC Neigepearl Tokra Fury (AI)
Non-ANKC Ch. Neigepearl Vital Obsession
It seems that no other dog breed has had as much political history and controversy as that of the White Swiss Shepherd Dog and white German Shepherd Dog. This has made their recognition a long struggle and politically confusing to the general public.
The White Shepherd movement in Australia was started by Brooke Taylor in 2000 after she discovered whites were being culled at birth when born in a litter of German Shepherd Dogs.
The breeding program of the White Shepherds was well regarded in many other countries, with genetics proving the colour was not associated with health issues or albanism. Ms Taylor felt the need to preserve these dogs in Australia and started a breed club called the "White Shepherd Association of Australia". She created an accompanying website, stud book and facilitated a national breeding program.
Many different bloodlines were registered, with several going back to ANKC (Australian National Kennel Council) registered White German Shepherd Dogs with complete pedigrees. In 1995, kennel clubs advised many breeders of White German Shepherds, that they could no longer be registered. 10 years passed before they made registration of non-standard colours an actual rule, so many dogs were bred without official records.
When canine DNA breed identification testing became available, tests were carried out on the Australian bloodlines, which proved they were not mixed with any other breed.
In November 2002, the FCI (World Kennel Club) announced they had accepted a new breed with the new name, called the White Swiss Shepherd Dog (Berger Blanc Suisse).
Following the FCI acceptance of the new breed, White Shepherd clubs all over the world started to register their locally bred White German Shepherd dogs with their kennel clubs as White Swiss Shepherd Dogs. The general requirement for FCI registration outlined that dogs had to have three generations of all white breeding behind them and they had to undergo a breed standard compliance assessment by a panel of FCI judges.
In 2008, two White Swiss Shepherd Dogs were imported into Australia, with FCI pedigrees. The ANKC accepted these dogs for registration. The first time a White Swiss Shepherd Dog was exhibited at an ANKC show was in 2009 on Australia Day.
Shortly thereafter, the ANKC published a circular stating that unlike other countries, Australia would not assess and accept dogs already in the country.
It is interesting that the first White Swiss Shepherd Dogs registered by the ANKC in 2008, had export pedigrees containing registered white German Shepherd Dogs (not all White Swiss Shepherd Dogs). When this mistake was pointed out in 2010, the ANKC relaxed the pedigree requirements on White Swiss Shepherd Dog imports.
At this current point in time, the ANKC still only allow imported dogs from overseas, with an FCI export pedigree, and their progeny to be registered as White Swiss Shepherd Dogs. Australian bred dogs cannot be registered by the ANKC here in their own country.
The FCI White Swiss Shepherd Dog Breed Standard states that the progenitor of the White Swiss Shepherd Dog breed was Lobo White Burch. This male was bred in the USA (as a registered white German Shepherd Dog) and imported into Switzerland in 1967. Techically, all White Swiss Shepherd Dogs have come from German Shepherd Dogs.
There is no question that White Swiss Shepherd Dogs have been directly derived from purebred German Shepherd Dogs of white coat colour and have not been crossed with any other breed. DNA evidence illustrates this as 100% correct. The purebred white German Shepherd Dog ancestory of Australian bloodlines is no different to dogs registered as White Swiss Shepherd Dogs around the world.