The Berger Blanc Suisse translating to the White Shepherd in English is a breed of herding dog originating in Switzerland. Well-muscled, agile, and strong, they are characterized by a chiseled head, long and robust muzzle, pointed, well-proportioned ears, almond-shaped, obliquely set eyes, and a bushy tail.
|Other names||White Swiss Shepherd Dog|
|Coat||Double coat of medium length…Undercoat: short, fine; Outer coat: dense, harsh|
|Average lifespan||Approximately 12 to 13 years|
|Size (How big do they get)||Medium|
|Height||Male: 24 to 26 inches; Female: 22 to 24 inches|
|Weight||Male: 66 to 88 lbs; Female: 55 to 77 lbs|
|Litter size||Approximately 8 puppies|
|Behavioral traits||Gentle, intelligent, affectionate, loyal, protective|
|Good with children||Yes|
|Barking tendency||Low (only when the need arises)|
|Shedding (Do they shed)||Moderately high|
|Competitive Registration Qualification/Information||FCI, NZKC, ANKC, KC (UK)|
Though they are said to be of the same origin of the German and White Shepherd dogs, the FCI has registered it as a distinct breed. When the German Shepherd had first been formed, all colors were acceptable, though, in the first half of the 20th century, white was excluded. In this way, the white German Shepherds gradually got separated and the White Shepherd Club for the first time was formed in America in the 1970s. Their popularity spread to several European countries, starting from Switzerland and then proceeding to Denmark as well as Germany. The white Shepherd dog gradually started getting acknowledged by the breed clubs in Europe. Lobo, a dog with a white coat born in 1966 in the United States, was the first of this breed to be registered and acknowledged in Switzerland. Other European countries to have recognized this breed are Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, and the Czech Republic. FCI and KC gave it official recognition in 2011 and 2017 respectively.
Their friendly, gentle and affectionate nature makes them great family dogs. At the same time they are a great watch and guard dogs because of their protective nature towards their near and dear ones, thus being reserved towards strangers, though not aggressive like their German Shepherd parents. Because of their strong guarding instincts, they are often used as police dogs as well as rescue and search services. These dogs share a good rapport with children, emerging as their perfect playmates. They even have a comfortable equation with other canines and pets.
Dry dog food of a good quality combined with a nutritious homemade diet is what they need to stay in the best of health. If you intend to put them on a raw diet them consult your vet at first.