FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions

ARE WHITE SWISS SHEPHERDS THE SAME AS WHITE GERMAN SHEPHERDS?


No. This is a complicated question to answer becasue the White Swiss Shepherd/WSS was derived from the German Shepherd (GSD). German Shepherds are able to produce white colored puppies however, they are not the same as a WSS. How is this possible if the WSS was once a GSD in the past? The answer to that is that the WSS has been strictly breed to a different "standard" or set of traits than the GSD for many generations. After time passes, the dogs begin to take on different appearances. Although they can be very subtle, the differences between the two breeds are there. Please contact me or a WSS club for more information regarding the differences in the breeds. I have provided a link to the WSS standard on my "Useful links" page. It is an ongoing and complicated matter in the world of shepherds.




Are White Swiss Shepherds a recognized breed in the USA?


YES! Thanks to the hard work and diligence of many amazing people, the WSS is able to be registered in the United States with the Federación Canófila de Puerto Rico (FCPR) as well as the International All Breed Canine Association (IACBA). WSS are also allowed to be registered with the United Kennel Club (UKC) as "White Shepherds" and still maintain their status as White Swiss Shepherd dogs. Unfortunately at this time, the American Kennel Club (AKC) does not yet recognize the WSS as a breed yet. The only way to register our dogs with them is to list them as a German Shepherd Dog color white. At NASHA COMANDA we refuse to register our dogs as anything other than what they are, a White Swiss Shepherd/White Shepherd. Calling them a GSD only slows down the progress of our hopes of one day joining the list of AKC breeds. Please contact me for more information regarding regsitering WSS in the states.




Will you ship NASHA COMANDA puppies domestic or abroad?


Yes! We are happy to accomodate new puppy owners in both the USA and abroad. All our puppies will have their pedigrees registered with the FCPR and may be exported to any FCI member country. Our first choice is to have the new owners come to us to pick up their puppy however, this is not always possible. We are more than happy to work with you to help you get your new puppy home. For all puppies being sent by plane to their new homes, I plan to either accompany them myself to ensure their safe arrival OR affiliate with a trusted friend. **No puppies will be shipped without a guardian.** Note: Due to COVID restrictions, travel and shipping of puppies may require more than the typical procudres we are used to. For more information please contact me.




Can White Swiss Shepherds participate in conformation dog shows in the US?


YES! In the United States, WSS are able to participate in conformation shows in multiple venues including the International All Breed Canine Association (IABCA), United Kennel Club (UKC), American Rare Breed Association (ARBA), and International Canine Kennel Club (ICKC). Unfortunately they cannot compete in the American Kennel Club (AKC) show events at this time. Abroad, WSS are able to compete in all FCI shows.




Do NASHA COMANDA puppies come with breeding rights?


Yes and no. It will depend on the contract that the puppy is purchased with...either "show/breeding potential" OR "companion/pet." **Only puppies who meet our high criteria for breeding will be available for show and breeding contracts. All puppies sold with "companion/pet" contracts are required to be spayed or neutered after the age of 24 months (or a female's second heat cycle). Requirement for sterilization at this age is based heavily on reducing risks for orthopedic issues and promoting healthy/natural growth of a dog's body. We hope that new owners understand that requirements like this are in the best interest of the **puppy** and nothing else. If you have questions as to why we chose this specific age for sterilization, please contact me.




Where are you located?


NASHA COMANDA is located in USA in the northernmost part of Indiana.




How much do NASHA puppies cost?


Prices for puppies will fluctuate based on multiple factors. A typical price for a puppy from us can be between $4500.00-$5500.00USD. **This price includes a non-refundable deposit of $500.00USD to reserve your puppy.** We understand that this is a large price tag for many people to consider and our highest priority is producing puppies that are worth every penny. Parents of the pups are extensively health tested to reduce the risks of them passing on debilitating illnesses to their babies that will cost new owners thousands in the future (and heartache!). We also send each pup home with a complimentary month of medical insurance from Trupanion, guaruntees on their hips and elbows for 2 years and a lifetime guaruntee against hereditary illness. They also leave us with a lifetime of support/mentorship from myself, their breeder regardless of the type of contract they are sold with (potential show puppy vs sport puppy or companion puppy). Please contact me for any further questions related to the pricing of our pups or what "extras" come home with the NASHA COMANDA puppies.




Is the White Swiss Shepherd a good breed for hiking?


YES!!! This breed makes an excellent hiking or adventure partner. When properly trained of course (as with any dog!). Our dogs all enjoy hiking and exploring with us and we promote curiosity of nature in our puppies as they grow and are raised on our home next to a lake.




Do White Swiss Shepherds shed?


Yes! All dogs shed (even the ones that are advertised as "hypoallergenic!"). They typically have 2-3 major annual "blow outs" as we call them, where a large amount of the downy undercoat is shed out. For the times between the blow outs, sheding is fairly minimal especially for the long coated dogs (if regularly brushed!). For tips on grooming a WSS or any other questions about their coats, please feel free to contact me!




Do NASHA PUPPIES get AKC registrations?


NO. Unfortunately the American Kennel Club (AKC) does not recognize the White Swiss Shepherd as a breed yet. At this time, puppies from our kennel have their pedigrees registered with the Federacion Canofila de Puerto Rico (FCPR), which is the FCI registry for American bred dogs. Until the AKC recognizes the White Swiss Shepherd as a breed seperate from the GSD, we will not allow the registration of our puppies/dogs with their kennel club under *any* circumstances. For those who wish to have their dog(s) registered with the AKC as a German Shepherd Dog (GSD), we kindly ask that you seek a different breeder. We have a great list of **trusted** breeders that we are happy to refer you to if this is something you are looking for. At NASHA COMANDA, we love shepherds regardless of the variety (German, Swiss, Belgian,Dutch, etc), and are ALWAYS happy to help promote the ethical breeding of shepherds from our friends and colleagues!