Berger Blanc Suisse

Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
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Overview
The Berger Blanc Suisse shares its origins with both the White Shepherd and the White German Shepherd. All three of these breeds were developed from the white-coat line of the German Shepherd Dog during the early 20th century. The first German Shepherds bred for their white coat were seen in Germany during the 1880s but it wasn't until the early 20th century that a dedicated breeding program for white-coated German Shepherd Dogs appeared. The White Shepherd was officially recognized by the UKC in 1999 and the White German Shepherd Dog is recognized by the AKC. It wasn't until 2001 that the Berger Blanc Suisse was accepted on a provisional basis by the Federation Cynologique Internationale and it was officially accepted in 2011. Switzerland was the first country to officially recognize the White Shepherd as a distinct breed, which is why it is credited as the country of origin and the name was changed to White Swiss Shepherd (Berger Blanc Suisse) in many countries to reflect this. The White Swiss Shepherd was awarded provisional recognition as a breed by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on November 26, 2002 as the Berger Blanc Suisse. The provisional status was changed to official recognition on July 5th, 2011 and the Berger Blanc Suisse breed is eligible for CACIB as of July 6th, 2011. The White Swiss Shepherd / White Shepherd popularity as a recognized breed has been growing rapidly throughout Europe and has even returned back to Germany, from which its roots began, and is acknowledged by the SV as a separate breed and not a white German Shepherd Dog.

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Character
The Berger Blanc Suisse AKA White Swiss Shepherd is very intuitive. The Berger Blanc Suisse are exceptionally friendly and are great with kids. They are very cheerful, friendly and quick to learn. You haven't experienced loyalty until you've owned a Berger Blanc Suisse. The Berger Blanc Suisse is Protective yet very gentle. Their job is to please YOU as their owner.

Does your Berger Blanc Suisse bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
The Berger Blanc Suisse AKA White Swiss Shepherds are very playful, friendly, super loyal, highly intelligent, gentle and protective without the aggressive tendencies. They are very curious and a joy to train because they are so highly intelligent. They get along with other dogs and pets. The Berger Blanc Suisse AKA White Swiss Shepherd are very athletic and they like to work and are perfectly suited for all kinds of sports like herding, agility, tracking and protection and obedience. The Berger Blanc Suisse Shepherd breed are often used as therapy dogs, guard dogs and search and rescue dog for the blind. The Berger Blanc Suisse is loyal and loving to all members of the family, including children. They do not show any aggressive tendencies, but they do feel protective over the family and react accordingly when true danger is present. They are intelligent, easy to train and excel at a wide range of sports and activities. The character of the Berger Blanc Suisse is gentler and mellower than that of the German Shepherd Dog, but when necessary, is very willing and capable to protect his family. Because of their intense loyalty and love of children, Berger Blanc Suisse make outstanding family dogs.
Care
The Berger Blanc Suisse Shepherd requires minimal grooming. One of the best things do to on a daily basis is brushing their coat of medium-length double coat of pure white hair. The Berger Blanc Suisse has a way of always keeping clean, similar to cats even though they are white and with such a thick coat, they are clean.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
The undercoat is short and fine while the outer coat is dense and harsh. Washing a couple times a year is required to keep the oils in their coat.
Training
It is recommended to start very early because Berger Blanc Suisse Shepherds are so smart. This breed is very intelligent is very easy to train. This breed can be trained for a variety of dog sports including agility, obedience, flyball, rack, and herding. These dogs have also been used for therapy and as assistance dogs. Early socialization is also recommended for this breed to prevent it from becoming shy or wary around strangers. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Berger Blanc Suisse puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
The Berger Blanc Suisse is naturally fit and agile with lots of stamina, energy and endurance. The Berger Blanc Suisse can be used for therapy dogs, companion dogs, service dogs and/or used in disciplines like herding, obedience, agility, tracking and protection. They love their walks, run and play time. The Berger Blanc Suisse Shepherds are great in dog sports. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
Male: 66-88; Female: 55-77 lbs
Height
Male: 24-26; Female: 22-24 inches
Color(s)
White

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