When I first got Arie, I had a lot of people who said at first “Wow, I never knew they came in white!” The novelty of her breed made her get a lot of attention, with people often mistaking her a husky, or asking if she was albino. When I really got into understanding Arie’s breed and what it meant for her to be a White German Shepherd Dog, I discovered something. We’ve been staring at White German Shepherds EVERYWHERE. We just never took notice.
White German Shepherds have been in the media for years, but have gotten a great amount of press in recent decades. Did any of you see the movie Getting Away With Murder with Dan Aykroyd? Well, a WGSD named Nikki was a character alongside of him.
Perhaps the most iconic White Shepherd to hit the media of late would be Bolt, who’s lovable Disney character has actually been credited with a boom in the breed, that both hurts and helps our cause. While the breed is getting positive attention rather than the “you’re a genetic failure” or “Shepherd? RUN!” that are more typical, it also saw a population rise that landed more WGSD in shelters due to breeders going overboard with puppies.
WGSD haven’t just made it into the hearts of millions through their feats in Hollywood: They’re in the homes of Hollywood as well. Maggie Q, the well-known action-ready star of CW’s Nikita has a beloved White Shepherd, as well as an affection for dog breeds that usually get a bad rap for being “aggressive” breeds (speaking of which, have you checked out Adopt A Less Adoptable Pet Week?). In her interview with Modern Dog, Maggie even said that if she were a dog, she would probably be “a cross between my two favourites; a Pitt and a German Shepherd”.
Even people with a less than tough reputation can love a stereotyped aggressive breed. Miley Cyrus, the young pop singer and star of the movie The Last Song, recently got a White German Shepherd puppy, named Mate.
Finally, America’s sweetheart, Jennifer Anniston, also has a WGSD pup in her brood. Anniston is well-known for her lovable dog Norman, who just recently and very sadly passed away. Anniston also had and still has another dog, Dolly, a White Shepherd. The actress’s love of canines is well-known, and is definitely apparent in photos of her walking her pooches:
What other Hollywood White Shepherds can you name? Tell me your star sightings in a comment.