15 White Swiss Shepherd Facts You’ll Never Forget

White Swiss Shepherd facts tell us about their shedding habits.

Are you an avid dog lover? If you love dogs, then today we have brought you the shy and calmer version of the German Shepherd, the White Swiss Shepherd dog, also known as the Berger Blanc Suisse. These dogs originated in Switzerland and were considered herding dogs. The dog's temperament and its coat set them apart from other German Shepherd breeds. They have beautiful white or cream-colored coats, which are straight and are usually medium to long in terms of coat hair length. They are loyal and protective towards their owners. They are also highly intelligent, so can be easily trained. They are highly energetic as well and need the proper amount of exercise. These dogs are usually alert, so can be wary of strangers. They are also good around kids, making them good family pets as well. They have been recognized by the Kennel Club of the United Kingdom and have gained quite a lot of popularity in the country. These dogs can suffer from a few diseases like hip and elbow dysplasia, hemophilia, progressive retinal atrophy, megaoesophagus, degenerative myelopathy, epilepsy, and more. If you decide to own one of these dogs, then it's important to consult a good breeder who knows all about the puppies and their parents.

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White Swiss Shepherd

Fact File

What do they prey on?


What do they eat?


Average litter size?


How much do they weigh?

Females: 55-77 lb (25-35 kg) Males: 66-88 lb (30-40 kg)

How long are they?


How tall are they?

Females: 20.9-24 in (53-61 cm)

Males: 22.8-26 in (58-66 cm)

What do they look like?

White or cream

Skin Type


What are their main threats?

Injuries and diseases

What is their conservation status?

Not Evaluated

Where you'll find them



All over the world except Antarctica





Scientific Name

Canis lupus familiaris





White Swiss Shepherd Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a White Swiss Shepherd?

The White Swiss Shepherd or the Berger Blanc Suisse is a domestic dog.

What class of animal does a White Swiss Shepherd belong to?

The White Swiss Shepherd dog belongs to the Mammalia class of animals.

How many White Swiss Shepherds are there in the world?

The exact population of these dogs is not known. These dogs live with humans as pets and are largely bred in the house of their owners or at a breeder's house. White Swiss Shepherds are bred according to the demand for these dogs in society. Hence, calculating the population of these dogs becomes a hard task.

Where does a White Swiss Shepherd live?

The history of this dog breed says that the breed originated in Switzerland. They are similar to German Shepherds as White Shepherds are descendants of German Shepherds and White Swiss Shepherds (or Berger Blanc Suisse dogs) came into existence from White Shepherds. They are a pedigree dog breed. When a group of White Shepherds was imported to Switzerland from the United States, one of these dogs was used to breed the White Swiss Shepherd. When more White Shepherds were imported, the dog breed of the White Swiss Shepherds was truly born. From there on, they became a favorite of many people and they are now found across the globe. Now, they are registered by the Kennel Club of the United Kingdom, the Swiss Kennel Club, and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale. They have not been accepted in the American Kennel Club yet but these dogs live in many countries around the world with their owners in their households.

Who do White Swiss Shepherds live with?

White Swiss Shepherds were bred from White Shepherds, who are descendants of German Shepherds. The German Shepherd and the White Shepherd are both domestic dog breeds who live with their owners. These dogs were first bred to help their owners with various tasks. White Swiss Shepherds are also domestic dogs that live in households with their owners, and sometimes with other pets in their house.

How long does a White Swiss Shepherd live?

White Swiss Shepherds can live for between eight and 12 years when they are healthy. The two things that can endanger the life of a domestic dog are injuries and diseases. Hence, keep an eye out for any injuries your dog is getting during playtime or exercises. The White Swiss Shepherd dog is generally a healthy breed, but there are some diseases that are associated with the breed such as bloat, allergies, hip and elbow dysplasia, hemophilia, progressive retinal atrophy, megaoesophagus, degenerative myelopathy, Von Willebrand disease, epilepsy, and degenerative spinal stenosis. Owners need to watch out for these diseases in order to give their dogs a healthy life.

How do they reproduce?

Mostly, these dogs are bred at the home of an expert breeder, who has great knowledge about the White Swiss Shepherd. If you are thinking of breeding them at home, it is important to do so under the supervision of a vet or an expert breeder. There are two things you need to check for before you select your male and female dogs for breeding. Firstly, you need to see if any of the two are carrying any diseases which they might pass on to their puppies. The second thing to check is if the adult dogs have any negative temperament issues. These dogs are usually shy, intelligent, lively, protective, loyal, skittish, and highly energetic. If the breeding pair have any negative temperament issues, then the chances are that the puppies might inherit them too.

If your dogs are cleared of any diseases or negative temperament characteristics, then there are a few more conditions that need to be met. Both dogs in the breeding pair need to be at least two years old, and the female should have had at least three or four heat cycles before they are taken for breeding. After mating, the gestation period is about 60-63 days long. After the gestation period is over, between six and eight puppies are born.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of the White Swiss Shepherd dog (the Berger Blanc Suisse) is Not Evaluated under the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List. These dogs have gained popularity in many countries though. Breeders breed them according to demand, which helps their population grow. They are not facing any great threat, so it can be safely said their population is not endangered in any way at this time.

White Swiss Shepherd Fun Facts

What do White Swiss Shepherds look like?

This dog's appearance is a lot like that of German Shepherds, in terms of its physique. They have a strong build and a medium to large-sized body. They have almond-shaped eyes and large erect ears, standing alert on the top of their head facing forward. Their eyes are usually dark brown colored and they have a bushy tail. Their coat color is either white or cream, and no other color is accepted by official Kennel Clubs for the breed. The length of their white coat can be either medium or long.

White Swiss Shepherds can have elbow and hip dysplasia.

How cute are they?

These dogs can be really cute owing to their appearance, with their erect ears on the top of their heads, their clear white coats, and their bushy tails. They will win your heart when they run around the house or your backyard with their tails wagging behind them!. They are also very intelligent, shy, protective, and loyal. These traits certainly make them even more adorable.

How do they communicate?

Dogs in general communicate in two ways: through body language and vocals. The owner of any dog needs to understand and differentiate between the many vocal cues and postures of their dog, through which they communicate. If your dog is looking relaxed or lazy, lying down, not looking at you in any way, or not showing interest in greeting anyone, then your dog is probably bored. If the head of your dog is low with its mouth closed, its paws are still, and its tail is wagging softly, then your dog is probably sad. These are just a few examples of their communication through body language. The other way that they communicate is vocal. The White Swiss Shepherd is normally a shy breed, but the dog's barking habit says otherwise. When they see strangers, when they are hungry, or when they are bored, these dogs will bark. An owner needs to understand the difference between the barks of their dog to give their pet a better life.

How big is a White Swiss Shepherd?

The average height of a male White Swiss Shepherd dog is 22.8-26 in (58-66 cm) and that of a female is 20.9-24 in (53-61 cm) when they are standing. They are about two times bigger than most pugs. Pugs are around 10-13 in (25.4-33 cm) in height when they are standing.

How fast can a White Swiss Shepherd run?

White Swiss Shepherds are one of many pedigree dog breeds, and they came from White Shepherds. White Shepherds are descendants of German Shepherds. Both the German Shepherd and the White Shepherd can run pretty fast and far. These dogs can therefore run pretty fast and far as well, but the exact speed at which these dogs run is not known. Black German Shepherds can run at a speed of 30 mph (48 kph).

How much does a White Swiss Shepherd weigh?

The weight of a female White Swiss Shepherd dog is about 55-77 lb (25-35 kg) and the weight of a male is about 66-88 lb (30-40 kg).

What are their male and female names of the species?

Males of the species are called 'dogs' and females of the species are called 'bitches'.

What would you call a baby White Swiss Shepherd?

A baby White Swiss Shepherd dog is called a White Swiss Shepherd puppy. If you get a brand new White Swiss Shepherd dog you will need to think of a great name for it. Some name ideas we love are Snowy, Duke, King, and Jessie! What is your favorite?

What do they eat?

The diet of your dog should depend on three factors: age, energy level, and size. The feeding habits of every dog need to be changed when they enter adulthood from puppyhood and again when they enter into their senior years. Puppies should be given meals many times a day in small amounts, but adults and seniors should be given meals two times a day with a gap of 12 hours. White Swiss Shepherds are medium to large-sized dogs that have a high energy level, which means that they need a lot of exercise and playtime. Their food should be balanced in terms of proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates, and good fats.

Would they make a good pet?

They can make excellent pets as these dogs get on well around children. They can be a bit of a problem around children who are younger or babies due to their large size, but they can be great around children who are slightly older and toddlers. This means that they are good family dogs. This dog can be protective and loyal towards its owner and is not aggressive. They are highly intelligent, so are generally easy to train. They can be shy though, so introducing them to lots of people and animals from a young age is necessary. They can be great pets for people who are willing to exercise with them and invest a lot of time into playing with them regularly.

Did you know...

White Swiss Shepherds can suffer from separation anxiety when they are left alone for too long.

How much do White Swiss Shepherds cost?

If you want to adopt a White Swiss Shepherd dog, you may want to look in your local dog shelters first. There might be some dogs that could benefit from your help here. If not, then you can go to a good breeder's home and learn about the history of the puppies' parents first. If you want to get a healthy dog, knowing the medical history of the parents is necessary. A puppy of this breed generally costs $3000 USD and upwards. These dogs with a cream or white coat shed a lot, so brushing their hair daily or at least three times a week is important. Luckily, they don't drool a lot.

What is the difference between a White German Shepherd and a White Swiss Shepherd ?

These two dog breeds have many similarities as White Swiss Shepherds originated from White German Shepherds. Both have been known as herding dogs. The two breeds don't have many differences other than a few personality traits. A White German Shepherd has personality traits that are similar to German Shepherds. Adults are rather outgoing and can sometimes be aggressive as well when they sense danger, whereas White Swiss Shepherds are shy, reserved, and skittish.

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