White Swiss Shepherd Dog FCI Standard
Prior to 1959 the White Swiss Shepherd Dog was fairly everyday occurrence among typical German Shepherds. In the 1959 German breeders reviewed the standard of the breed and described all white-coloured dogs as defective. An Albino was called the German Shepherd Dog which had more than 50% or full white coat. The consequences of this decision were quite dramatic. Several countries stopped registering them or even banned white specimens from further breeding. Moreover these dogs were no longer eligible to participate in international conformation show alongside with black and tan breed members.
The population of the White Swiss Shepherd Dog shrank drastically since the breed ceased to exist in the countries where it couldn’t be registered with the Canine Control Bodies. However loyal fanciers were strongly opposed to the gradual eradication of the white-coloured Shepherds from the German Shepherd breed. Eventually several breed clubs were formed in England, America and Australia. The position of the White Swiss Shepherd Dog was pretty secure by 1989 when «White Shepherd Dog Society Switzerland» was established. This organisation united American and English registered dogs and native unregistered specimens into one club. The White Swiss Shepherd Dog was recognised as a unique breed by the Swiss Kennel club in 1991. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) approved this breed as the Berger Blanc Swiss in 2002. It also has recognition of the United Kennel Club under the name of the White Shepherd.
The White Swiss Shepherd Dog is famous for its versatility. Although it’s mostly kept as a sweet-natured and even-tempered companion dog it also excels at herding and various canine sports. Its docility makes it a rather good assistance dog for handicapped people.
This breed is characterized with powerful protective instinct, which explains its innate wariness in relation to strangers. It’s safe to say that the White Swiss Shepherd Dog isn’t predisposed to human aggression but it can demonstrate skittishness and shyness when it meets a new person. It will become a fabulous watchdog, vigilant and attentive. The breed is simply destined for the role of a guard dog and will fearlessly defend its human pack no matter what.
Essentially the White Swiss Shepherd Dog has never been used as a hunting dog so it has a prey drive of an average strength. The strong probability holds that it will treat respectfully a home cat if they have been raised together. However it’s rather unreasonable to leave this dog alone with other home pets since it can seriously injure them by its massive teeth while playing. The White Swiss Shepherd gets along with other dogs especially if it has been a part of dog’s community since the early age.
• canine hip dysplasia;
• elbow dysplasia;
• malabsorption syndrome;
• degenerative joint disease;
• eyes problems;
• gastric torsion;
• skin problems;
• missing teeth.
This obedient and smart breed performs with astounding results in different types of canine sports, including obedience, agility, Fly ball. It’s somewhat sensitive to critique so harsh and disrespectful treatment during training should be avoided as much as possible. Its training will be most successful if the handler motivates the dog with gentle encouragement and food incentives.
Remember that nothing makes this dog happier than some meaningful work, which will train not only muscles but also its brain. The White Swiss Shepherd Dog that is treated as a couch potato will quickly become bored and dissatisfied and this means that it will entertain itself by destroying your possession and barking without any reason.