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The Berger Blanc Suisse belongs to the medium to large dog breeds. They have a height at withers of 55-66cm. Males are usually several centimeters taller than females. The robust and strong dog breed brings a weight of up to 40kg on the scale.
Since the Berger Blanc Suisse is an active dog breed, you should think carefully before buying if you will have enough time for your four-legged friend.
Despite similarities to the German Shepherd, this dog breed, compared to its relative in breeding, more emphasis is placed on a rather straight physique . In this way, the well-known hip problems can also be significantly reduced.
The tail carries the Berger Blanc Suisse saber-shaped. Chest and legs are strongly and muscularly built.
Even though the dog breed is powerfully built, it looks elegant and well-proportioned.
The triangular ears and dark eyes also give the Berger Blanc Suisse an alert and intelligent appearance.
The coat of the Berger Blanc Suisse is long and dense. While the color of the coat is snow white, the underlying skin is darkly pigmented. In addition, the outer layer of the coat is composed of strong hairs, called stick hairs. These stand straight out. Under the stick hairs is the dense and protective undercoat. The undercoat of the Berger Blanc Suisse keeps the dog breed warm even in cold temperatures, snow and wet conditions.
The Berger Blanc Suisse or “white shepherd dog”, as it is called, is not only a sporty, ambitious and intelligent dog breed, it is also empathetic, loyal and attentive. Thus, he embodies the symbol of “man’s best friend”. Even though the Berger Blanc Suisse has a pronounced will to work as well as temperament and conscientiously fulfills the tasks set for him, he is also very social and likes to bond closely with his master or mistress.
Moreover, since it does not show nervousness, fear or aggression, the breed is suitable not only as a working dog, but also as a family dog.
The Berger Blanc Suisse’s willingness to work makes his upbringing much easier. But also because of his great will to work, when keeping a Berger Blanc Suisse you should make sure that you spend enough and sufficient time with him. The Berger Blanc Suisse wants to be encouraged both mentally and physically by the. It is suitable for dog sports such as dogdancing or agility, but this gentle dog breed is also ideal as a therapy dog.
In parenting, a calm and consistent manner is your key to success. You should begin with the socialization of your four-legged friend already in the puppy age.
Besides, this active dog breed will be happy if you can offer him as home a house with a garden, where he can romp around and get rid of his excess energy.
The diet of the Berger Blanc Suisse is relatively simple. The dog breed is not picky, nor does it have a sensitive stomach. The amount and type of food your four-legged friend eats should be based on how much he moves. When it comes to ingredients, you should make sure that the food contains all the important nutrients that your dog needs. The main component of the feed should be a source of protein, supplemented by the other nutrients.
Due to its stick hair, coat care of the Berger Blanc Suisse is uncomplicated and easy to care for. Nevertheless, you should comb your four-legged friend regularly to maintain its healthy coat structure and beautiful shine. In addition, regular combing removes dirt. In the summer, regular combing also serves to remove the dense undercoat, which is not necessary in the summer.
Regular worming and vaccination at the vet is also essential. Ears, eyes and claws should also be kept in mind and cleaned or trimmed weekly.
Although the Berger Blanc Suisse is considered a robust and healthy dog breed, certain hereditary diseases do occur from time to time, just like in the German Shepherd. Besides the dreaded hip dysplasia (HD), the hereditary diseases also include eye diseases as well as MDR1, degenerative myelopathies (DM) or malignant hyperthermia. Because of the possible hereditary diseases, you should make sure that you get your four-legged friend only from reputable breeders who subject the animals to a genetic test before they are used.
The history of sheepdogs goes back a long way. The stock-haired Urans of today’s pedigree dogs took care of herding and driving flocks of sheep and protected their shepherds as early as the 7th century. In the regular breeding of the German Shepherd Dog, then around the time of the turn of the 19th century, there was an increase in the birth of puppies that had a pure white coat.
Since white puppies were quickly equated with genetic defects and hereditary diseases such as deafness and blindness, and white fur was then considered a breeding defect in German Shepherds from 1933 onward, white puppies were killed immediately after birth.
The rescued animals, which by then had already been exported to the USA and Canada, saved the stock of the later Berger Blanc Suisse at that time. In the course of the years then also the purposeful breeding with the animals began.
From 1960, the white shepherd dogs were again imported into Switzerland. There, with the help of a healthy strain without gene defects, the breeding of the Berger Blanc Suisse was continued.
In 2011 the breed was officially and internationally recognized by the FCI.
Since the Berger Blanc Suisse is an active dog breed, you should think carefully before buying if you will have enough time for your four-legged friend. The Berger Blanc Suisse is the ideal dog breed for you if you are an active person, who has the desire and time to move with his four-legged friend outside in nature or on the training ground. In addition, it won’t hurt if you also have some dog training know-how.