Savoy Shepherd

Other name: Berger des Alpes

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The Savoy Shepherd is a medium-sized to large-sized dog of medium build, with well-developed musculature and solid bones, but without heaviness.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin France
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 20 kg to 30 kg From 47 cm to 55 cm
Male From 20 kg to 30 kg From 47 cm to 55 cm
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History of the breed

The Savoy Shepherd breed has not yet been recognized by official bodies such as the (FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale. On the other hand, there is a dedicated association, the Société du Berger de Savoie, set up in 2002 for its safeguard.

Physical features

His coat: double (presence of undercoat associated with the outer coat), short or mid-length, of hard texture, thick, dense and lying well against the body.
Its color: black and tan or harlequin and tan, with white spots of varying intensity.
His head: medium in size, well proportioned and in harmony with the whole body.
His ears: triangular in shape, medium in size, folded and drooping on the sides. They are slightly erect at their base when the dog is attentive or in action.
His eyes: minnows, hazelnut or blue in harlequin-coated dogs, quite large in size and displaying a gentle look, even a little sad.
Its body: writable in a rectangle, its length being greater than its height at the withers.
Its tail: set at medium height, carried curled up like a sickle when the dog is attentive.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Savoy Shepherd   has all the qualities of the mountain dog. He is resistant, enduring and vigilant . Used for driving and herding herds, it gets along very well with animals and is attentive to the slightest suspicious approach when watching over its owner’s property. Very close to him and his family, the Savoy Shepherd knows how to show affection and is rather playful . Intelligent and docile , he is a pleasant companion while being a work partner who loves to be useful.

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the   Savoy Shepherd   is relatively easy to train because of his intelligence , his taste for work and his obedient character. However, it takes a little firmness towards him during his education to prevent unwanted behavior. Be careful not to use brutality, whatever the form, with this dog, because he is very sensitive .

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

the   Savoy Shepherd   is not made to live in an apartment or other cramped habitat. He loves work, space and freedom and demands activity and presence on the part of his master. The ideal for him would be to live close to nature, in a house with a large fenced garden.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Savoy Shepherd   is a rustic dog, robust, resistant and perfectly adapted to the mountain environment. With a double coat, it enjoys fairly good protection against the cold and bad weather, but remains sensitive to extreme weather conditions like any other dog. It is therefore important to provide it with good shelter. There is no predisposition to a particular pathology or anomaly.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 6 puppies.

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Savoy Shepherd is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Savoy Shepherd   is an easy to maintain dog. Little information exists on its moult, but we can deduce from its double coat and its mountain origin that it is likely to experience 2 annual moults in spring and autumn .

It is recommended to brush the dog once or twice a week . During the moults, brushing is to be done more frequently to get rid of dead hairs. The inside of his ears, skin, dress, eyes and pads should be examined regularly to prevent deposits of debris and parasites, sources of infection.

His teeth need to be brushed to prevent tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. If they do not wear out naturally, her nails should be cut so that they are not too long. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian.

Price and budget

Purchase price


The purchase price of a Savoy Shepherd is between NC and NC.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Savoy Shepherd is between NC and NC.

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The Savoy Shepherd is not difficult, he is satisfied with both traditional and industrial food. It is important, however, to provide him with a balanced diet , adapted to his age, weight, size and level of activity.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Savoy Shepherd   is an active dog by nature and must therefore be able to benefit from frequent and long daily outings . He needs to feel like he’s on a mission, whether it’s herding a herd or guarding the house. Inactivity and boredom are difficult for him to live with. He will appreciate accompanying his owner on hikes and can also participate in dog sports.


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