White Swiss Shepherd

Group 5: Working Dogs
Male: 60 – 66 cm
Female: 55 – 61 cm
Male: 30 – 40 kg
Female: 25 – 35 kg

Energy Level:  Moderate to high
Original Function: Herding, guarding
Lifespan: 10 – 12 yrs

Recommended for: Dedicated handlers/families.

White Swiss Shepherd

About This Breed

In USA and Canada the white shepherd dogs have gradually come to be accepted as a distinct breed. The first dogs of this breed were imported into Switzerland in the early 1970s.

There now exists a large number of white shepherd dogs, purebred, over several generations, distributed throughout Europe. For that reason, since June 1991, these dogs have been registered as a new breed.

While the White Swiss Shepherd and modern German Shepherd have common ancestry there are many differences which have occurred between the two after being bred along separate paths for some time.

The ANKC has instructed that all Australian whites are considered white German Shepherds not White Swiss Shepherd Dogs unless imported and registered under ANKC regulations.

General Characteristics

Appearance: A powerful well-muscled, medium-sized, white shepherd dog with erect ears, with double coat or long double coat.

Temperament: Lively, without nervousness, attentive and watchful; towards strangers sometimes slightly aloof but never apprehensive or aggressive.

Colour: White.

Coat: Medium length, dense, close-lying double coat or long double coat; abundant undercoat covered with hard, straight protection hair; face, ears and front of legs are covered with shorter hair; at the neck and the back of the legs the coat is slightly longer. Slightly wavy, hard hair is permitted.

Grooming: Easy to groom. When the dog is shedding, they should be brushed and combed every day, otherwise occasional brushing will do. The ears should be checked regularly. The claws should be trimmed short. This breed is a seasonably heavy shedder.

Exercise: require regular daily exercise as well as mental stimulation. Otherwise they will become bored and destructive.


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