The Swiss White Shepherd is physically similar to the German Shepherd if we exclude the color: medium in size but robust, elegant, and well-muscled.
Other names: Berger Blanc Américain, Berger Blanc Canadien, Weisser Schweizer Schaferhund, White Swiss Shepherd Dog
History of the breed
It was in Germany, around 1890, that the history of Berger Blanc Suisse began. A man named Max Von Stephanitz had in mind to create the ideal when it comes to a sheepdog. He succeeded in creating German Shepherds, but the color white was no longer allowed once the standard was established. However, it was not uncommon to get an immaculate puppy, but breeders were silent about their existence.
The Berger Blanc Suisse did not officially appear in Germany until 1980. Breeders’ clubs are gradually appearing across the world but this breed was not officially standardized until January 2003. Switzerland then asked that it be granted the “paternity” of this breed.
- Its coat: double, it can be long or of medium length.
- Its color: completely white.
- Its head: slightly rounded skull, slightly marked stop, and medium-sized nose.
- Its ears: set high and parallel, they are well erected. The tips go forward.
- Its eyes: medium in size and almond-shaped. Their color is more or less dark brown.
- Its body : the musculature is impressive although the whole is perfectly harmonious. The back is horizontal.
- Its tail: set low, it can go down below the hock. It is very bushy and comes in the form of a saber.
The Berger Blanc Suisse is moderately docile. It must be educated firmly but gently because of Its extreme sensitivity. The sooner It’s used to a situation, the faster It adapts to it.
It must therefore familiarize Itself with the habits of the household (pace of life, meal times, etc.) very early in order not to feel abandoned.
It needs affection, but it is best not to show excessive interest in It. It would risk becoming too attached and would have great difficulty in supporting the absences (even short) of Its masters. Adapted to work, Le Berger Blanc Suisse can perform many useful functions (patrol dog, anti-drug, anti-explosive, etc.)
Behavior with others
The Berger Blanc Suisse is a dog that is very attached to its owners. Very gentle, curious in nature, It can be very attentive to DIY and gardening activities as It enjoys experimenting with new games.
Very intelligent, aggressiveness is not part of his character, which makes him a very good pet for young children. Its only weak point is that it does not support loneliness. It, therefore, needs a lot of affection and human presence. It can also make a good watchdog
The Berger Blanc Suisse knows how to adapt to all situations, as long as It’s with Its owners. It
needs to exercise physically with real walks 2 to 3 times a day. A garden or a courtyard satisfies It but It likes to let off steam in the countryside. The apartment alone all day is absolutely excluded for this breed.
Health & Maintenance
The Berger Blanc Suisse, which can live for almost 14 years, is a very solid breed. Sometimes prone to diarrhea, It can also experience hip dysplasia.
Its concern is more emotional, precisely because It can be hyper attached to Its masters. Take care to protect it from ticks and fleas.
The life expectancy of a Berger Blanc Suisse is, on average, between 10 years and 14 years.
The Berger Blanc Suisse requires only a minimum of daily care. Being a calm dog, It doesn’t ask for a lot of outings. Its maintenance is quite easy. It knows 2 moults per year and these moulting periods last between 3 weeks and a month each.
The white hairs of Berger Blanc Suisse are self-cleaning. Daily brushing is recommended, especially during periods of moulting. On the other hand, washing should only be done twice a year.
BEHAVIOR & CHARACTER
BARKS / HOWLS
BEHAVIOR WITH OTHERS
SUITABLE FOR APARTMENT
GOOD FOR NEW MASTERS
LOVES THE HEAT
LOVES THE COLD
EASE TO GAIN WEIGHT
MAINTENANCE & HYGIENE
EASE TO MAINTAIN
COST OF MAINTENANCE
EASE TO GROOM