The Berger Blanc Suisse

Breed History

The Berger Blanc Suisse, also known as the White Swiss Shepherd (or in the UKC as the White Shepherd), originated from the German Shepherd breed in the mid-twentieth century.  In the preceding decades, white German Shepherds began to be excluded from breeding programs in Europe.  In 1933, white coats were made a disqualification according to the breed standard written by the German Shepherd Dog Club of Germany (which was at the time under the control of the Nazi party).  The German Shepherd Dog Club of America followed suit by the late 1950s.  By the late 1960s, small breed clubs came into existence to recognize these white dogs, and now Berger Blanc Suisse can be registered in major kennel clubs around the world.  In America, they can be shown in the UKC as White Shepherds, and can also compete in AKC performance events.

Temperament

The breed is intelligent, gentle, and confident, and makes an excellent family pet.  They are loyal and watchful of their pack.  They can make excellent service dogs and excel in performance events as a result of their even temper, trainability, and athleticism.  Many would say that their temperament is a bit more mellow than the average German Shepherd.

Breed Standard

FCI Rules Regarding White Swiss Shepherd Dogs

A note to our puppy families and prospective families: all of our dogs have been successfully registered with an FCI-recognized registry, and the following should not impact you in acquiring a dog from us.

As the responsible country for the breed standard White Swiss Shepherd Dog (WSSD, standard 347), the SKG informs us of their concern regarding the current situation as far as the breeding of this breed and the issuing of pedigrees by some FCI member countries are concerned. We share their concern and observe that even after the recognition of the White Swiss Shepherd Dog (WSSD, standard 347) on 01.01.2003 (date of the official recognition), matings with non-purebred subjects (3 generations) from this breed continue to take place or that white German Shepherd Dogs with one or more coloured ancestor(s) are re-registered as WSSD.

 

We remind all FCI member organisations and contract partners that they have to comply with the following:

 

  1. White Swiss Shepherd Dogs (347) CANNOT be mated with white German Shepherd Dogs (GSD, standard 166) since they are two distinct breeds with different breed standards. In order to guarantee that both breeds are correctly separated, it is also important to respect what follows :

  2. WSSD cannot be entered in the studbooks of this very breed if a part or all their ancestors (3 generations) were still registered, after 01.01.2003, as white German Shepherd Dogs.

  3. It is not allowed to re-register as a WSSD (347) a dog which was registered as a white German Shepherd Dog (166) after 01.01.2003.

  4. An accidental white German Shepherd Dogs (white puppy in a litter of German Shepherd Dogs) with one or more coloured ancestor(s) cannot be used for breeding as a WSSD nor can it be re-registered as a WSSD