The White German Shepherd Akita Mix is a mixed Dog Breed between the White German Shepherd and the Akita. It is in effect a Akita mixed with German Shepherd.
The White German Shepherd Dog is really just a derivative of the German Shepherd dog breed. The white German Shepherds are usually bred to have an overall softer, more sensitive, and more mellow personality than traditionally colored (black and tan or sable) German Shepherds. Due to this lighter temperament, White German Shepherds are typically not used in protection dog sports such as schutzhund. A White German Shepherd can still be a good watchdog, but White German Shepherds are not typically aggressive.
However, they are still a shepherd and are very strong willed and take capable and competent owners that are willing to take the couple of hours a day for exercise that they need and deserve
While we really recommend that you acquire one through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their White German Shepherd mixed with Akita puppy. That is, if they have any for sale. Always screen your breeders as much as possible to ensure that you are getting as high a quality dog as is possible. If intentionally bred, typically it is a White German Shepherd Akita mix.
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White German Shepherd
In 1899, a German named Von Stephanitz was attending a dog show when he was shown a dog named Hektor Linksrhein. Von Stephanitz had in his mind what a good working dog should be and a few generations of breeding fulfilled what Hektor envisioned. He was pleased with the strength of the dog and was so taken by the animal’s intelligence, loyalty, and beauty, that he purchased him immediately. He immediately changed the name to Horand von Grafrath and Von Stephanitz founded the Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (Society for the German Shepherd Dog). Horand von Grafrath is known to be the first German Shepherd Dog.
The White Shepherd emerged from white-coat lines of the German Shepherd dog in Canada and the United States and from European imports. Though their coat colours vary, the German Shepherd and the white German Shepherd are the same dog. The White Shepherd breed of the German Shepherd was recognized officially by the United Kennel Club on April 14, 1999. White Shepherds often have longer fur than the traditional German Shepherd, and do not always have a double coat. White Shepherds typically have an overall more square and upright look and lighter frame as compared to the show lines of German Shepherds, and they have very different side gait when comparing movement.
The Akita is an Asian dog that hails from the mountains of Japan. Predecessors of the modern Akita were used for hunting bear, wild boar and deer in Japan as late as 1957. They would be used to flush out the bear and keep it at bay until the hunter could come and kill it. However, like virtually all ancient dog breeds they have morphed over the generations. From being dogs that hunted and protected to being killed and forced to fight for human entertainment.
During the early part of the 1900’s the Akita was in decline, breeders were trying to “improve” it by breeding the Akita with the German Shepherd Dog, St. Bernard, as well as the Mastiff. As you can imagine this interbreeding made it lose a lot of it’s Akita characteristics. They are often recognized as Japanese and American Akitas. Since there was so much interbreeding in the U.S, the Japanese Akita is really known as the breed standard. Like virtually all dogs, they were used as hunters as well as dogs in times of war. During the Russo-Japanese War they were used to track prisoners of war and lost sailors. Japan had a war-time attempt to cull all non-military dogs, which started the breeding of them with German Shepherds to insure they were needed in World War 2. You can obviously find a lot more information on them as there is a lot to distinguish between the Japanese and American version and a lot of information online about the differences.
Height: 26 - 28 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 70 - 130 lb.
Lifespan: 10 - 12 years
WHITE GERMAN SHEPHERD
Height: 22 - 26 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 75 - 95 lb.
Like all hybrids, you have to look to the parents to get a good read on how they will likely behave. This could obviously make for a very powerful and strong breed that will have a lot of energy and a high prey drive. Both of these parent breeds have higher energy and a very strong prey and drive instincts. They should get along well with other animals if exposed and socialized properly as well. They are somewhat capable of independence, or alone time when the house is noisy or full. She responds well to positive reinforcement, like all dogs. She should be rather affectionate and enjoy spending lots of time with you. Don’t plan on leaving her alone for long periods as he won’t do well alone. She wants to be with the “pack.”
All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.
The White German Shepherd mixed with the Akita might be prone to Elbow Dysplasia, Hip Dysplasia, Heart Conditions
Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.
What are the grooming requirements?
This will be a tougher dog to groom as both of these dogs (wolf) have pretty long hair. Be prepared to brush them a few times a week. Either way, get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.
What are the exercise requirements?
Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. This exercise will keep them from being destructive. A tired dog is a good dog. A tired dog is a good dog though. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.
What are the training requirements?
This is an intelligent dog that will be a little bit challenging to train. They are going to want to take the alpha position and need someone with a firm, strong, hand that can let them know their place. The best thing you can do is break the sessions into shorter daily sessions to keep their attention span higher. It might have a prey drive and be disposed to running for and chasing small prey, but if handled properly this can be managed. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.
A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible.
Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia. The wolf hybrid will certainly appreciate the raw diet.
A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.
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