White Swiss Shepherd Dog

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White Swiss Shepherd Dog
a pure white dog in snow
Other namesBerger Blanc Suisse
Height Male 60–66 cm (24–26 in)
Female 55–61 cm (22–24 in)
Weight Male 30–40 kg (66–88 lb)
Female 25–35 kg (55–77 lb)
Coat thick, of medium but variable length
Colour white
Litter size 8
Life span 12 years
Kennel club standards
FCI standard
Dog (domestic dog)

The White Swiss Shepherd Dog (French: Berger Blanc Suisse, German: Weisser Schweizer Schäferhund, Italian: Pastore Svizzero Bianco) is a breed of dog from Switzerland. It descends from American White Shepherds imported to Switzerland; the White Shepherd itself descends from white-coloured purebred German Shepherds.


White-coloured German Shepherds were once banned from registration in their native Germany, but in the United States and Canada the colouration gained a following and a breed club was formed specifically for white-coloured German Shepherds, calling their variety the White Shepherd.[1] The first stud dog of what became the White Swiss Shepherd Dog was an American dog born in 1966 that was imported to Switzerland.[1] The variety was provisionally accepted as a breed by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale in 2002, and received full acceptance in 2011.[2] The Kennel Club of the United Kingdom officially recognized it in 2017.[3]

Its herding abilities are similar to those of the German Shepherd.[4]


  1. ^ a b Pickeral, Tamsin (2014). Dogs unleashed. San Diego: Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781626862739.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)[page needed]
  2. ^ Berger Blanc Suisse (347). Fédération Cynologique Internationale. Accessed March 2020.
  3. ^ New Breed – White Swiss Shepherd Dog. The Kennel Club. Archived 23 July 2017.
  4. ^ Hartnagle-Taylor, Jeanne Joy; Taylor, Ty (2010). Stockdog Savvy. Alpine Publications. ISBN 978-1-57779-106-5.