Berger Blanc Suisse

Description Berger Blanc Suisse

Friendly, Intelligent, Attentive
The Berger Blanc Suisse is also often referred to as the White Swiss Shepherd Dog. It is the ideal companion for active, sporty people or families with children. It can be kept indoors or in a house with a garden. However, he must be offered a lot of exercise.FCI Group: Herding Dogs – Cattle Dogs

  • Size: medium
  • Weight: 25-40kg
  • Life expectancy: 12 years
  • Coat Type: Medium Hair
  • Colours: pure white

Character Berger Blanc Suisse

The Berger Blanc Suisse is in FCI Group 1, Section 1 under standard no. 347 listed.
Despite their pronounced muscles, this breed of dog appears elegant. The body structures are harmonious. The fur color is pure white.

The medium-length, well-fitting coat consists of stick or long stick hair. The undercoat is soft and dense. The almond-shaped eyes are brown to dark brown with dark lid rims. His nose is black and his teeth strong. Triangular erect ears sit on the head.

In terms of keeping, the Berger Blanc Suisse is a little demanding. He needs a lot of activity, daily exercise and a caregiver who has time for him. The Berger Blanc Suisse is considered sporty, intelligent, friendly and attentive.
With his good-natured and friendly disposition, the Berger Blanc Suisse is very social. He develops a strong bond with people and feels responsible for them.

The Berger Blanc Suisse is always loyal to its owner. Like a ‘white shadow’ it follows him everywhere.
The Berger Blanc Suisse has a peaceful and unobtrusive character. It is the ideal companion for families with children. The Berger Blanc Suisse protects them and develops a strong affection for them.

The Berger Blanc Suisse is very willing to learn and easy to train. Since he is very sensitive, the upbringing should be done with a gentle hand and without severity. The Berger Blanc Suisse needs a calm and at the same time decisive reference person on whom he can rely.
Daily and regular mental and physical activity is an absolute must for him. The Berger Blanc Suisse has a good grasp and a strong will to achieve.

It is therefore suitable for almost every type of dog sport. Agility in particular is best suited for exercising this breed of dog.
The Berger Blanc Suisse is neither timid nor aggressive. In addition to its original area of ​​responsibility as a working and herding dog, it is often trained as a guard dog. The Berger Blanc Suisse is also often used as a service, therapy, guide dog or rescue dog (e.g.

in avalanche areas).

Diet Berger Blanc Suisse

In terms of nutrition, the Berger Blanc Suisse has no special requirements. However, since he is prone to elbow and hip dysplasia, this should be adapted to the respective needs of the dog. In puppies in particular, an appropriate diet can prevent them from growing too quickly. The risk of hip or joint problems can thus be reduced.
However, the nutritional requirements are not always influenced only by the size, weight and age of the dog.

Dog activity or pregnancy can also play a role in nutritional needs. Other influencing factors can be certain illnesses or physical stress on the Berger Blanc Suisse.
In principle, the diet should consist largely of meat. Since meat is an important source of protein for active dogs, the proportion should be around 70 percent. Fruit, vegetables and fats are also part of a needs-based diet and should not be missing.

High-quality ready-made food (dry or wet food) contains all the vitamins and minerals you need. A food specially tailored to puppies, adults or seniors is available on the market. There is also food for large, small or active dogs. There is even a special food for dogs with light-colored fur. This contains less copper, carotene and vitamin A, which are responsible for yellowing of the pure white coat.


Time-consuming grooming is usually not necessary for the Berger Blanc Suisse. If the fur gets dirty, the dry fur throws off the dirt by itself. The Berger Blanc Suisse therefore only needs to be bathed in exceptional situations.
Regular brushing or combing is necessary, especially during the change of coat. This removes the loose undercoat and does not spread it around the home.

Regular coat care also maintains the coat structure and the coat shines beautifully.
Not only the eyes, but also the erect ears of the Berger Blanc Suisse can be easily cleaned if necessary. When romping around in nature, foreign objects can get into the eyes and ears, which must be removed to avoid inflammation. This natural breed of dog does not require docking of the ears or tail.
The paws of the Berger Blanc Suisse should be checked regularly for injuries and treated if necessary.

In active dogs that move around a lot, the claws wear out on their own and do not need to be clipped. In the case of sick or older dogs that do not exercise much, the claws should be checked regularly and trimmed if necessary.
F or good health, the Berger Blanc Suisse should be vaccinated regularly. Deworming or parasite cleansing should also be carried out. During the warm season it is advisable to check the dog for ticks.

Regular checking and cleaning of the teeth is also a must.


As early as the 7th century, white shepherd dogs were used to herd and herd sheep. They also protected the shepherds’ belongings. Their white fur made them easy to distinguish from wolves in the dark.
Official breeding with white German shepherds began at the end of the 19th century. Max von Stephanitz, a Prussian court knight, bred white German shepherds together.

For German shepherds, the white coat color was approved as the breed standard until 1933. Since the white coat color was held responsible for genetic defects and was considered a wrong color, it was no longer permitted for breeding from 1933. White German shepherds were therefore becoming increasingly rare in Europe.
In the following years, white shepherd dogs imported from Europe continued to be bred in the USA and Canada. In this way, their survival could be secured and they developed into an independent dog breed.

However, the dog breed has not been recognized by either the Canadian Kennel Club (CKD) or the American Kennel Club (AKC).
In the early 1970s, the white shepherd ‘Lobo’, born in the USA, came to Switzerland. With him and other dogs imported from the USA and Canada, the pure breeding of this dog breed began.
The Berger Blanc Suisse has been listed as a new breed in the appendix of the SHSB (Swiss Dog Stud Book) since June 1991. In 2001, the Swiss Cynological Society applied to the FCI to recognize the Berger Blanc Suisse.

Switzerland is considered to be the country of origin of this breed, since it has been proven that there were eight independent lines.
In January 2003, the Berger Blanc Suisse was provisionally recognized as a new breed by the FCI and received final recognition in 2011.

Berger Blanc Suisse Accessories

The Berger Blanc Suisse needs a comfortable dog basket or cushion as a place to lie down and retreat. There he can rest after a long walk or after dog sports.
Balls or ropes are suitable as dog toys for throwing, which he can chase after. In addition to the game, he is also offered an additional opportunity for movement.
A good brush made of wire or natural bristles is required for regular grooming.

Stable claw scissors with spacers are recommended. Dental care sets for dogs (e.g. dental care snacks) are suitable for cleaning teeth.

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