In fact, do you see many dog owners of your breed?
I’ve been thinking today, about how Sam doesn’t have any doggy friends of his breed, and how giddy I get when I see other German Shepherds; especially white ones. We don’t see many white Shepherds in our area very often, but when I do see one, I do like a good chat with them. I suppose it’s the equivalent of people who have children sharing their cute ‘first steps’ stories, but for me it’s ‘oh, we have a white Shepherd too…’ Not that white Shepherds are superior to any other colour, it’s just what I’m used to seeing living with one. In fact I’m always in awe when I do see a black and tan or any other coloured Shepherd, as I forget just how beautiful they are! (Plus, the majority of Shepherds I see are much more graceful than our Sam, he’s so clumsy!).
Sam was adopted from HAWT, around 6 years ago, where he was available for re-homing with his 5 siblings. It would have been nice to have contact with his hairy brothers and sisters, but unfortunately we don’t. I have managed to spot a couple of white Shepherds whilst working, since I became a self-employed dog walker.
Recently I have actually met and spoken with two separate white German Shepherd puppies and their owners. They were of course adorable, and still had that crimpy, wild puppy hair in-between their ears, and that slouchy puppy sit. They were also both around 6 months old, which makes me ponder as to whether they are related. The first thing I noticed (which you can’t miss!) was their size. Truly huge dogs already. The second was their strength, they could pull anyone over if they wanted to. Finally, they were both such vocal dogs. These three things are Sam all-over. He stands at 29 inches to the withers and 30 inches in length, shoulder to the base of his tail. Luckily for us he’s great on the lead and a pleasure to walk; it’d be a nightmare if he pulled. Yet overall, i’d say the thing they most have in common is their vocalisations. GSD’s are a known vocal breed, and they’re a guarding dog too, equalling lots of barking. Sam also has a repertoire of sounds! Sounds when he’s playing, sounds when he’s excited, sounds when he’s uncomfortable… the list goes on! It’s interesting to make physical comparisons; for example, some white Shepherds are more cream than white or some have a black nose and others pink, like Sam. As for characteristics, I think sometimes it makes you feel a bit better when you meet a dog with similar bad habits to yours, even though it’s probably more your fault than his!
But most of all I like the fact that Sam is Sam, and you won’t ever find another :)