Character White Suisse
The white shepherd is a well developed and balanced animal with pronounced
energy and purpose. In life, it should have a regal appearance with a definite
look of intelligence, the over riding trait being his devotion to his master.
Secondary sex characteristics should be well defined. The White Shepherd
appears to be somewhat longer than tall, with smooth curves rather than hard
angles. He has slightly slopping withers, strong back and well-bent hocks
indicating speed and grace, while his face displays high intelligence, at all
times avoiding extremes
© text: Ruut Tilstra
This is a herding dog, and as such
must have the agility, freedom of movements and endurance to do the work
required of it!
The White Shepherd has distinct personality marked by a
direct fearless, but not hostile expression of self confidence. It should
be poised, when the occasion demands, eager and alert. To his inherent
aptitude as a guardian of flocks should be added protectiveness of the
person and property of his master. In his relationship with humans, he
should be observant and vigilant with strangers but not apprehensive. He
should be fit and willing to serve in any capacity.
Those qualities of general appearance and temperament make the White
Shepherd particularly able to serve as a companion, herding dog, watchdog
or service dog.
To day most of the White Shepherds
are just fine family-pets. He is friendly and social and good companion of
George Brews sledehonden
Dogs in Hollywood
Happy en Smiley
With 184 movies and a few TV-shows the
most famous movie-dog is probably Harvey Bindle Offner. Also Harvey's son
White Shadow Crider is a famous name in Hollywood. The trainer, owner and
breeder of those dogs is movie star Dorothy Crider.‘Fangs of the Artic’ is
just one of the 168 movies from White Shadow.
In the early sixties Happy and Smiley
are steeling the (fitness) show from Jack and Elaine La Lanne every morning
in "Jack's Show".
In 1971 Pax wins the American Humane
Association’s Performance Animal Star of the Year Award (PATSY) with his
performance as the companion of a blind Private Detective in Longstreet,
with the actor James Franciscus.
The most famous movie is "White Dog"
from 1982. Baron Hans von Criston was certified "Schutzhund" by his
performance in this movie.
Marion Lopizzo, Jack Lemmon
and Furrari’s Nikki
Last but not least is "Getting away with murder" with Jack Lemmon.
Star in this movie is Furrari’s Nikki from Marion Loppizo. Not only is
Nikki a movie star, in her normal life she also is a therapy dog
Search and Rescue
Panda from owner and
handler Beth Barkley:
It was Panda's need to do something that got Beth involved in SAR
and cadaver work. In 1986 Beth and Panda were sent to the earthquakes
in San Salvador as part of the US Disaster Team, where she was credited to
finding four live people. In 1988 they were also sent to Armenia when an
earthquake there killed thousands of people. Panda helped find many bodies
so that the people could claim their loved ones. Panda had many finds in
her 11 years of searching to her fabulous credit. She was truly great White
MANSHA'S SIRIUS: Mar 13 1988 to Mar 5 1999
Owner and Trainer: Beth Barkley. Breeder: Sharon Mann
Siri was purchased to follow in the footsteps of Panda (pictured with Beth
and Siri in the top photo), Beth's first search and rescue dog. These would
be big steps to fill. Sirius not only became a search and rescue dog, he
also became a cadaver dog, Unfortunately, Siri had to be retired early
because of a injury to a hind leg, and then a bad injury to a front leg. He
later was certified as a pet therapy dog.
MANSHA'S SAR CZAR: Dec 22 1990
Owner and Trainer: Beth Barkley.
Breeder: Sharon Mann
The breeding between Hoof Print Pancho and Sunlits Seika Seabreeze was
repeated just to get another pup for Beth. Czar was to take his brother's
place with the search and rescue work with Beth. He was a bundle of energy
and Beth started him in cadaver work, and this is where Czar still excels.
He has been a top cadaver dog for quite a few years now, with many finds to
his credit. He also settled down enough to become a search and rescue dog.
One of Czar's more notable efforts was during the Oklahoma bombing disaster
where he helped find bodies.
SpiritWind's Wee Willie
from owner and trainer Bev Davsison. Breeders: H. Sauter Dwayne
and B. Larson.
Willie was a natural at air scent work and quickly received his
SAR certification for the Northstar K-9 SAR team. Despite a relatively
short career due to Bev's career changes, his contributions were
appreciated. He has since retired to herding her horses instead and
continues to live the good life at 11.5 yrs of age.
Zeuss Magical Fantasy, Sept. 30, 1999. Owner/trainer A.G. Yarde. Breeder: Judy
Zeus is a Search & Rescue
Dog with the Vanderburgh Co. Emergency Management Agency
in Indiana. He loves the attention at PR events and is a
great caretaker of Anthony's daughters.
Zeuss Magical Fantasy
HOOFPRINT PHANTOM THOR, Oct. 7 1996
Owner: Blair Miller. Breeder: Joanne Chanyi. Thor is a search and rescue
dog with the Fair Oaks Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company.
Juel's Thief of Hearts "Bandit": 1997.
Owner: Rob Schrader, breeder: Judy Grumdahl.
Bandit was certified as a search and rescue dog in late 2000. He is now a
member of the Liberty Canine Response Team in New Jersey.
Owner Ruut Tilstra, breeder H. vd Graaf. Kimberly was the first White Shepherd Search and Rescue dog in
the Netherlands. Her daughter Manon followed her footsteps. Another
daughter of Kimberly, Rebecca of Kimberly's Pride (Becky)
still works very successfully as search and rescue dog today.
Uriah from Werntal
is doing very well in Germany
with his owner/trainer Marco Höhn. Also in Austria and Switzerland more and
more White Shepherds are showing up as search and rescue dogs.
Uriah v Werntal
van de Canine Vision Canada
BEAR - 1984
Trainer: Larry De Pugh, breeder: Martha Andrews. Bear is one
of four brothers that all graduated as leader dogs for the blind from
Canine Vision Canada. Three were littermates and the fourth was from a
repeat breeding. Bear was used for demonstrations at the Lions Club Center for a while. All were successfully matched up with their blind
Owen - Blindegeleidehond
DREAM, June 18 1994
Owner Claudia Grandy, Germany, Breeder: Joanne Chanyi. White
Dream was sold to Claudia for breeding purposes, but she was missing a
tooth and couldn't be bred. She was then trained to be a seeing-eye dog.
HOOFPRINT QUASAR, July 9 1988
Owner: Peter Zein, Trained Special Skills Service Dog. Breeder: Joanne Chanyi. Quasar is specially trained to assist Peter Zein, a quadriplegic,
in his every day living. He'll pick up anything Peter drops and will go and
fetch him things on command. He is also trained to pull the wheel chair if
Peter gets tired. Quasar goes to work with Peter everyday, and has made his
life much easier. Peter says Quasar replaced his legs and his arms.
HOOFPRINT A OK OUVA. Mar 23 1990 to 1998
Owner: Vincent Valanzuolo. Breeder: Joanne Chanyi. Oavae was specially
trained as a hearing dog for Vincent. He was also Vincent's friend. They
did lots of things together. Vincent entered him in herding instinct
trials, and they even got involved in the costume class
PRINCE: Mar 21 1971 to Jan 1983
Handler: Rick Frackrell. Breeder: Joanne Chanyi.
Prince was a London, Ontario police dog who served 11 years. Prince was
credited with over 200 arrests and worked up until his death due to liver
failure at the age of 11.
Breeder: J. Chaney
Owner: Robert and Cally Beltrano. Breeder: E. Kelly. Niko is trained to
search airplanes and other places for illegal substances
HOOFPRINT PACER. Sept 3 1982
Owner: Danish Army, Air Base Tirstrup. Breeder: Joanne Chanyi. At the
age of 9, Pacer and Michael Johansen teamed up with fellow officer Sergeant
Anders Borg and his German Shepherd Bruno to compete with 100 other
military competitors from seven countries to win the World Championship for
the International Canine Biathlon.
WSCC Alt. Ch Hoofprint Hi-Ya Jadzia: May 15/95
Owner and Handler: Beth Barkley. Breeder:
Jadzia is a trained cadaver dog.
Day's Suzy Hears All, HC, TT: Certified Hearing
Owner: Linda Oleniuk.
Breeder: Debbie Martin.Suzy
is in service to Linda, a hearing impaired mother of three young children.
Suzy has saved Linda's life more than once and as Linda says, "I haven't
burned the bottom out of any kettles since I've had Suzy." Suzy's gentle
temperament has made her more than a service dog, she is also the devoted
companion and caretaker to "her" children.
"June" & "Rip"
loved and trained by: WSAA Honorary Lifetime Member:- Mr Glen Gadsby.
Mr Gadsby has supervised a lot of training of service dogs at the RAAF,
Army and Navy during the 1960's and 70's. He has owned and trained 2 white
shepherds - June (Police Dog 41) and Rip (Police Dog 251) during his RAAF
"Rip went through Cyclone Tracy, in Darwin, with me in 1974, and I vividly
remember, when we came out of Darwin in one piece, and were posted to Op.
Command at Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains, we did a demo at Penrith
Showground's… and when we came out to start, the announcer introduced us
as the man and dog who went through Cyclone Tracy, we received a standing
ovation from the crowd. Lovely memories! Rip was officially presented to
me on his retirement, aged ten years, by the Commanding Officer of 7SD Toowoomba, Sqn Ldr Jim Dunne, during a very moving official presentation.
Rip was wearing a red coat with Sergeant stripes on it. It was a first
for a RAAF dog, and received a lot of publicity."