Haoke has always loved dogs. At five years old, his first dog was a German Shepherd. Of the many dog
varieties in the world, the Shepherd is one of the most popular and well recognised of all breeds. With its
origins in Germany, the breed was first introduced in 1899 and has since been accepted by dog associations
and clubs worldwide.
White Shepherds and German Shepherds share near-identical genes, but as recognised breeds, they don’t
share the same story. Presently, the number of associations and clubs that will not register purebred White
Shepherds outnumber those in the few countries that do.
All Shepherds are very intelligent with direct and bold personalities, but unlike its German cousin, the White
Shepherd is not aggressive. Haoke says this gentle temperament as well as their elegant appearance and
graceful movement are what make the White Shepherd his favourite dog.
The first registered German Shepherd was named Horand von Grafrath. His grandfather, Greif, was actually
an all-white collie. In the early twentieth century, all Shepherd dogs, whatever their coat colour, fell under the
same category of German Shepherd. That was until 1933 when the Nazis gained control of germany, and that
of course included the German Shepherd Dog Club. From then, White Shepherds were no longer accepted
under the stringent categorisation.
It was not until the 1970s that the first White Shepherd club was established in the United States. Meanwhile,
the White Shepherd began to appear in Europe. Beginning with Switzerland, other countries such as Denmark
and Germany began to recognise White Shepherds too, but as neither the American Kennel Club (AKC) nor
the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) recognised the dog as a German Shepherd, the Swiss Kennel Club (SKG)
called it the Berger Blanc Suisse, or White Swiss Shepherd, and considered it a breed of its own.
Despite formal recognition of the White Swiss Shepherd growing in many countries, it was not until 2002
that the SKG finally convinced the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) to approve the White Swiss
Shepherd as its own breed.
It was 2014 when Haoke came to Australia where he met his first White Swiss Shepherd. It was love at first
sight, but it would be another three years before Karin, the breeder and owner of Soverenpark in country
Victoria, would introduce Haoke to Echo.
第一只注册的德国牧羊犬叫 Horand von Grafrath。他的祖父 Greif 实际上是一只全白色的
（SKG）称之为Berger Blanc Suisse或白色瑞士牧羊犬，认为它是瑞士自己的品种。