The WSCC hosts shows several times per year. Dates and locations are published in the Club newsletter. Shows are also listed on this web site under the Activities Section.For membership information, contact Joanne Chanyi: 519-847-5206 Joanne at Hoofprint or click here for a membership form. Membership includes a newsletter (4X per year). Membership fees: $20 (single) or $25 (family) The WSCC is pleased to support the White Shepherd Genetics Project, in an effort to increase awareness of and improve upon the genetic health, temperament, and instincts of the White Shepherd.
History of the Club
The Club was first formed in 1972 as a Chapter of the White German Shepherd Club of America. The Founding Members were Stan Tulett President, Joyce Tulett Treasurer, Bob Twanow Vice President, Elaine Twanow Secretary and Newsletter editor.The first newsletter was published in 1972 and the first conformation show was held in 1972 with 8 dogs entered and 25 people in attendance. Over the years, the popularity and love of the White Shepherd has continued to grow, and we have seen our membership and attendance at the shows grow by leaps and bounds. At the 2003 National Specialty show, we had a total of 74 dogs entered. We've certainly come a long way since that first show in 1972. By 1973 the Club was renamed the White Shepherd Club of Canada with 45 active members, and by 1974 we began publishing 4 newsletters a year, which is a tradition which we still carry on to this day. There were not many White Shepherds at this time, so the members who were trying to get attention for this beautiful breed first entered their Whites into a Canadian Kennel Club "CKC" fun match. After that these few brave souls entered a CKC championship show, which turned out to be a Shepherd booster show, and although they were excused for being an undesirable colour, they did get some attention and many nice comments on their dogs.In 1980, the colour white was not yet listed as a disqualifying fault in the CKC. At this time, however, the German Shepherd Dog Club of Canada "GSDCC", tried unsuccessfully to have the colour white disqualified from the show ring. In 1987, the GSDCC again tried to have the whites disqualified, but to no avail. In order to preserve the breed recognition that the White Shepherd enjoyed at this time, and on the advice of the CKC, in 1989 the Club's name was changed to the White German Shepherd Club of Canada. The focus of the Club at this time was to have the White German Shepherd recognized as a separate colour variation of the German Shepherd Dog, and so the quest for recognition began. In 1990, the first of several visits with the officers of the CKC took place regarding disqualification of the colour white, and in early 1992 the breed separation proposal was submitted to the CKC. Further, in 1992 the Club submitted a letter to Agriculture Canada for their consideration, as they are the governing body who actually sets down recognition and standards for new breeds. In August of 1993 the Club started it's own point system so that there would be some White German Shepherd Club of Canada champion dogs.In 1993 the CKC voted to allow the White German Shepherds to be shown as a colour variation of the German Shepherds starting January 1, 1994, but before that could become a reality, it was struck down due to a technicality. In January 1994 we were advised by the board of the CKC that we should apply for Club recognition from the CKC. This was done but we were turned down in October by that same board, as they will only have one National club per breed, and the German Shepherd Club of Canada was already the recognized club.Since we were once again turned down by the CKC for breed recognition, this time we were told that our best move would be to apply for new breed status, so this required us to change the name of the Club back to White Shepherd Club Canada in January of 1995. We went to work on making up a new standard for the White Shepherds. At this time we also began holding shows twice a year, over the long weekend in May, and our National show was held over the long weekend in August. In 1998 the colour white was officially disqualified from the German Shepherd Standard, but still we soldier on, and will continue to work towards the separate breed recognition that we feel our dogs so justly deserve.