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 Berger Blanc Suisse
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.
Education Of The Berger Blanc Suisse
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.)
The Character Of The Berger Blanc Suisse
The Berger Blanc Suisse is a working dog, but like many sheepdogs, Its temper can be considered “sensitive”. This will obviously depend on the lineage and the richness of its socialization, but it is a dog that is often very comfortable with its owners and familiar people.
On the other hand, It can be more “introverted” regarding new situations or people, especially when he has reached adulthood.
Cohabitation with children
This dog can live with children but beware of Its sometimes sensitive temperament which requires great respect from children. And no matter the breed, you never leave a child unattended with a dog.
Cohabitation with other animals
The Berger Blanc Suisse can live with other animals if It has been used to their presence from an early age and this positively.
Diet Of The Berger Blanc Suisse
It’s possible to feed a Berger Blanc Suisse with kibble or fresh food, as part of a household ration.
The diet of a Berger Blanc Suisse must be of high quality, rich in animal proteins to meet its carnivore needs, and relatively low in assimilable carbohydrates
.To do this, it is imperative to choose the right industrial foods by learning to decipher the labels, selecting Its ingredients well, and balancing its ration when choosing a homemade diet.
The daily amount of kibble
from 325g to 460g per day
Typical household ration
The daily ration of an adult, healthy, active, whole Swiss Berger Blanc Suisse (unsterilized) and of an optimal weight of 60 pounds should consist of approximately:
- 495 g of meat at 10% fat,
- 510g very cooked green beans,
- 17g rapeseed oil,
- 70g of very cooked rice,
- 10 tablets of supplement in minerals and vitamins with 0.3g of calcium.
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.
The maintenance of Berger Blanc Suisse will also consist of:
- ensure their oral hygiene by brushing their teeth regularly,
- check the cleanliness of their ear canals and clean them if necessary,
- check the integrity of its bearings and protect them if necessary.