Frequently Asked Questions
Are your puppies registered?

Yes, All our dogs are AKC and UKC registered. We provide limited registration, but no longer sell our pups with full registration.

What is your price range?

Our price range varies from litter to litter. . A $500 nonrefundable deposit is applied to price of the dog. Dogs purchased without breeding rights will come with a limited registration only.

What form of payments do you accept?

We prefer to use PayPal as it is secure, fast and well documented (please include all fees when sending PayPal). While we accept checks, they are slower and riskier. We do not accept direct deposit, EFT or wire transfer. We will only accept cash in-person. Please include a memo with all payments indicating it is for a "White Cliff Shepherds male/female puppy". Checks must be made out to the owner of White Cliff Shepherds, "Lisalee Eckman".

Any health issues in the bloodlines?

No unusual health problems. Age will and has caught up with everyone of my dogs. I've had 9 of them from all over the world between the last 13-16 years. I believe health insurance is an important investment for any dog owner. There are many environmental factors to consider. Our puppies get all the basic shots. My motto is "if you raise a healthy dog, your dog will remain healthy for its life".

Do you have any feeding recommendations?

No dog food can possibly be appropriate for every life stage, lifestyle or health condition. However, these helpful articles may help you make a more informed decision when feeding your dog. Please, choose wisely, and when in doubt consult a veterinarian for help.

Are your puppies easy to train?

Yes! We prefer to provide you with a pup who is already potty trained and has the seven basic commands (come, sit, stay, down, off, heal, no). From puppy or kindergarten to adult and advanced obedience training, we are very busy during winter training our dogs in: K9, Search & Rescue, Avalanche Recovery, Sport Mushing, Emotional Support, Obedience, Special Needs, Forensic, Cadaver, Safety & Protection, Schutzhund Therapy, and more.

How often do you have new litters?

Once a year. We don't double up my female with two litters per year (she's my own service dog), so we only breed in the spring, and puppies usually arrive near summer time. Stay tuned for updates on our next litter.

Are your dogs for work or show?

Both. Our White German Shepherds have been both Work and Show Dogs in the Short Hair category.

How do I get on the list for a White German Shepherd puppy?

Just apply. Buyers who put down deposits are moved to the top of the waiting list.

Where are you located?

Alta, UT, at the bottom of Little Cottonwood canyon (the road you take to Snowbird and Alta ski/snowboard resorts). Please contact us for appointments and directions.

Do you ship your puppies?

I will not allow puppies to be shipped by air. Ground shipping can be easily obtained by going to It is up to the owner to arrange and pay for their own shipping.

When should I pick up my puppy?

6-8 weeks. Puppies can be picked up during our hours of operation only. Exceptions to this rule must be made in advance by appointment only. Puppies are ready to go between 6-8 weeks. Pups who are not picked after that will accrue our boarding fees, as well as training fees to train your new pup during that time. Basic lessons are $150 per week and include: come, sit, stay, down, off, heel, no, and potty training.

Do you have a Buyer / Seller Agreement?

Yes. Please read our contract terms and conditions to find out more.

Can I get my deposit back?

There will be no refunds on deposits. The deposit to reserve your puppy is non-refundable. Once you have put a deposit with White Cliff Shepherds, your deposit will remain with us should circumstances arise that you cannot take your puppy at this time. However, we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone before, during or after our puppy season. In this event we will return in full all money paid up to that point.

What is your return policy?

No returns. We do not accept returns for any reason, including but not limited to: allergies, landlords, family, living circumstances or companions. However, we are willing to work with you should you need to place your dog in another home.

What about breeding?

We no longer sell breeding rights. Sorry, All pups must be pets only.

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Are White German Shepherds albino?

No. In fact, it is against the breed standards to be "albino". This breed should have dark skin pigment, dark noses, and dark eyes, where albinos would have pink skin and blue or pink eyes. Poodles, American Eskimo Dogs (Samoyeds), Great Pyrenese, the Kuvasz, and many others, are also white but are not albino.

What is the difference between White and standard colored German Shepherds?

Nothing. Other than color, the white German Shepherd is identical to the standard colored German Shepherd. Color does not affect the dog's physical structure, personality, temperament or trainability. According to von Stephanitz, the father of the breed, there is no bad color of a German Shepherd Dog.

Are white German Shepherds used for dog sports?

Yes! White German Shepherds are extremely versatile, excelling in many sports ranging from agility and obedience, to shutzhund and police work. White German Shepherds are even becoming popular for sports like dock diving and are very popular herding dogs. This amazing breed will gladly tackle any challenge you put in front of them!

Do white German Shepherds make good family dogs?

Yes! A White German Shepherd is a wonderful family dog. They love being a part of everything and joining in on your family events. These are dogs that need plenty of exercise and training and can not be forgotten in the back yard. This very loving breed can also be great with children and wants nothing more than to make their family happy and keep them safe. They are also very easy to train and willing to learn which helps them to adapt quickly to their families.

Can I Register My White German Shepherds with the AKC or UKC?

Yes. If both of the parents (regardless of color) are registered with the AKC (American Kennel Club) or CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) as German Shepherds, then any resulting puppy would be fully registerable as a German Shepherd Dog. White dogs are fully eligible to compete in any and all performance events sponsored by either registry. Neither AKC nor CKC restrict registration of a German Shepherd Dog based on its color.

What about the UKC?

Yes. While UKC (United Kennel Club) has recently approved a new breed of dog called the "White Shepherd," your white German Shepherd Dog may still be registered as a German Shepherd Dog with UKC and may be shown in the conformation ring as a German Shepherd Dog. Most (if not all) UKC "White Shepherds" are also registered with the AKC as German Shepherd Dogs. There is also a different breed standard for "White Shepherds," and if you are interested in owning a white GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG, make sure that any dog you purchase is registered with both AKC and UKC as a GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG.

Can White German Shepherds compete in conformation?

Yes and No. When the German Shepherd Dog Club of America changed its breed standard to list the color white as a disqualifying fault in 1968, the white German Shepherd has been disqualified from the AKC breed (conformation) ring. In the CKC breed ring, whites can still be shown; however, the color white is considered "less desirable." In shows and matches sponsored by the White German Shepherd Dog Club International, Inc.™ and the White German Shepherd Dog Club of America (although this club requires you to be a member to show), a white German Shepherd may be shown in the conformation ring. Your white GSD can also be shown in the conformation ring with the American Rare Breed Association, the United Kennel Club and the International All-Breed Canine Association of America. White Swiss Shepherds can be shown in the USA under the FCI breed standard with several organizations. They include the International Canine Kennel Club, the American Rare Breed Association, and the International All Breed Canine Association.

Can White German Shepherds be shown in AKC obedience trials?

Yes. As a registered German Shepherd Dog, a white GSD is fully eligible to compete in obedience trials, tracking trials, temperament tests, herding events, and any events sponsored by AKC for German Shepherd Dogs. White GSDs have continued to be shown successfully in all phases of obedience work despite discrimination against them in the breed ring. In 1968, a white German Shepherd, Frau Kim Von Weisshund, U.D., was the top obedience German Shepherd in the country. Other white dogs have placed among the top obedience German Shepherds in the country over the years.

Why would I want a German Shepherd Dog with a disqualifying color?

Many reasons: Unless you are specifically purchasing your German Shepherd Dog for AKC conformation competition, there is no reason not to own a white. The white German Shepherd is fully eligible for AKC and CKC registration and for all AKC and CKC obedience competitions and awards. The color of your dog is a matter of personal preference. Many people who are not influenced by the prejudice against the white coated dog would actually choose a white dog for its sheer beauty and presence.

White German Shepherd owners are active in many phases of the dog world, including obedience clubs and all levels of obedience competition, judging, stewarding, and conformation showing of other breeds as well as conformation showing within the White German Shepherd Dog Club. The support and comradery among white German Shepherd owners is stronger than that among many of the more widely accepted breeds.

My dog's nose turns lighter (or pink) in the cold. Is he sick?

No. A "snow-nose", or fading of nose pignemt caused by seasonal changes is common among lighter coated breeds, including the white German Shepherd. Sometimes (although not scientifically proven) dogs who drink and eat from plastic dishes and bowls tend to have lighter noses and removing the plastic may help restore the pigment.