Swiss white shepherd

Other names: Berger Blanc Américain, Berger Blanc Canadien, Weisser Schweizer Schaferhund, White Swiss Shepherd Dog

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The Berger Blanc Suisse is physically similar to the German Shepherd if we exclude the color: medium in size but robust, elegant and well muscled.



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Hair type Mid-length or Long
Origin Swiss
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 25 kg to 35 kg From 55 cm to 60 cm
Male From 30 kg to 40 kg From 60 cm to 66 cm
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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. It was not uncommon to get an immaculate puppy, but breeders were silent about their existence.

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Physical features

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.
His ears : set high and parallel, they are well erected. The tips go forward.
His eyes : medium in size and almond shaped. Their color is more or less dark brown.
His 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.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Berger Blanc Suisse is a dog that is very attached to its owners . Very gentle, curious in nature , he can be very attentive to DIY and gardening activities as he 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. He therefore needs a lot of affection and human presence . He can also make a good watchdog.

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The Berger Blanc Suisse is moderately docile . He must be educated firmly but gently because of his extreme sensitivity . The sooner he is used to a situation, the faster he adapts to it. He must therefore familiarize himself with the habits of the household (pace of life, meal times, etc.) very early in order not to feel neglected. He certainly needs affection, but it is best not to show excessive interest in him. He would risk becoming too attached and would have great difficulty in enduring the absences (even short) of his masters. Adapted to work , Le Berger Blanc Suisse can perform many useful functions (patrol dog, anti-drug, anti-explosive, etc.)

Living conditions

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

The Berger Blanc Suisse knows how to adapt to all situations , as long as he is with his owners. He needs to exercise physically with real walks 2 to 3 times a day . A garden or a courtyard satisfies him but he likes to let off steam in the countryside . The apartment alone all day is absolutely excluded for this breed.


Ease of gaining weight

The Berger Blanc Suisse, which can live for almost 14 years, is a very solid breed . Sometimes prone to diarrhea, he can also experience hip dysplasia. His concern is more emotional, precisely because he can be hyper attached to his masters. Take care to protect it from ticks and fleas without interruption in time.

This breed of dog may have an MDR1 genetic defect, meaning it is susceptible to medication. Some medications can be dangerous or even fatal, so it is imperative to discuss them with a veterinarian.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 9 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Minor concerns
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Von Willebrand disease
Degenerative myelopathy
Spinal stenosis
Occasional concerns
Suggested tests

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends insurance for Berger Blanc Suisse dogs .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Berger Blanc Suisse is, on average, between 10 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 Berger Blanc Suisse requires only a minimum of daily care. Being a calm dog, he doesn’t ask for a lot of outings. Its maintenance is quite easy. He knows 2 moults per year and these periods of moult 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 molting. On the other hand, the washing will not be done more than twice a year.

Teeth should be brushed regularly to remove tartar buildup and bacteria growth. His eyes and ears should be checked frequently , at least once a week, to prevent possible infections. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, the nails should be cut regularly . Too long, they risk causing pain and problems moving. Since dogs’ nails contain blood vessels, it is recommended to seek advice from a veterinarian to avoid any risk of accidents.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 1300
1700 €

The purchase price of a Berger Blanc Suisse is between € 1,300 and € 1,700.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 600
900 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Berger Blanc Suisse is between € 600 and € 900.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Berger Blanc Suisse appreciates the great outdoors . The walks will preferably be regular , but not necessarily long.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)

Recognized by FCI

Since 2011


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