The White Swiss Shepherd Dog a breed of dog is pastor of Swiss origin. Share origins with the German Shepherd, but has been recognized provisionally as a breed apart by the FCI.
The 3 in April of 1899, the first dog German Shepherd, as we know it today, It was officially registered. This dog was a completely white male which was used by ranchers and sheepherders for grazing because it was very easy to distinguish it from the wolves.
The first news about a hatchery White Swiss Shepherd Dog are earlier than the year 1900 and its origin is found in Alsace-Lorraine, to be more exact in the Royal Court of the Habsburgs. On its campus were a breeding ground for white shepherds of pure breed.
After the creation of the race German Shepherd, all colors were accepted. It was in the first decades of the 20th century, When were the white copies excluded, Therefore, persecuted and almost wiped out in Europe.
Back in the years 70, Switzerland had imported the first copies of white shepherds, While in Germany - as mentioned above- as these dogs they did not meet the standard of the German Shepherd as we know it today, White shepherds were almost wiped out.
The first Club of White Swiss Shepherd Dog was founded in the decade of 1970 in United States. For which reason, the race returned to appear in Europe. At first in Switzerland and Denmark, and later in Germany. Little by little, European Cynological societies began to open their stud books for the White Swiss Shepherd Dog.
A dog born in 1966, it was the first White Swiss Shepherd Dog which was registered in Europe, in Switzerland.
The breed was recognized in Switzerland of 1991, followed by the Netherlands in 1992. The Czech Republic, Austria and Denmark, They also recognized the breed.
Switzerland, Despite low popularity had this race, He recovered the race and also assumed the same motherhood, so in the 26 in November of the year 2002 the Federation Cynologique Internationale acknowledged - on a provisional basis- to the White Swiss Shepherd Dog, as a separate breed.
The White Swiss Shepherd Dog, at a glance and in regards to the physical, He is a German Shepherd in all rule, It is only slightly more elongated and less angular.
According to the standard, the White Swiss Shepherd Dog, is a dog from size medium, powerful, muscular and robust. According to the standard males must have one tall cross ranging from 60 a 66 cm., females are slightly smaller than his stature is situated in 55 a 61 cm..
It has the ears large, straight and triangular. The tail scimitar-shaped, is low and at rest reaches the Hock.
It is the eyes they are fed and slightly oblique tend to be of color dark brown or purplish-brown fire.
And perhaps, the most striking feature of this precious can is his white mantle of double layer and medium long length. Dense and well separated hair.
The colour of the mantle is white. The nose, the lips and pads are absolutely black.
In the year 1933, the white color of the layer was identified as a defect that should be removed by the Club of the German Pastor of Germany, of America and Canada.
There are even theories, in the news, continue holding the white color is due to a physical defect, to a pathology but such theories lack Foundation and the first test, It is a very healthy dog.
Its white color comes from a simple recessive gene that both parents must be carriers to continue the color, that is the reality.
Character and skills
The German Shepherd, not only the color of the mantle but also in its character differ.
While it is a dog of great temperament he displays never nervous, But if attentive and vigilant. It tends to be suspicious with strangers but never aggressive.
It is a dog friendly, very Intelligent and learn with ease.
It´s fair his family and - as we said - be cautious with strangers, but never should show a timid or fearful behavior and less aggressiveness. Some people think the Arctic wolf is mixed with the race, and there goes your caution, but that only a legend.
It is a balanced dog, very good keeper and even occasionally has been trained as dogs Guide.
It is a great companion for everything physical exercise that is its scope, loves to play with sticks, balls, run…
While its origin speaks of a shepherd dog, today that in some countries is still used in such work, It is widely accepted as a companion dog.
It adapts perfectly to the home, fond of children but remember that need exercise like all dogs, This always necessary if we want to keep happy balanced our puppies. Let us not forget that it is a working dog that needed physical and mental challenges.
The White Swiss Shepherd Dog gets along well with other dogs and, also, It is usually good in agility competitions, Search, rescue and obedience. They are also used as assistance dogs.
The character of White Swiss Shepherd Dog it is softer than the German Shepherd, But if you take genius to protect his family, will not hesitate it to.
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Type and recognitions:
- CLASSIFICATION FCI:Group 1 –> Herding dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dog). / Section 1 –> Sheepdogs. Without working trial.
- FCI 347
- – FCI – Group 1 Herding dogs, Section 1 Sheepdogs ⓘ
- – ANKC – Group 5 (working dogs) ⓘ
- – KC – Pastoral ⓘ
- – NZKC – Working dog ⓘ
1. Berger Blanc Suisse, White German Shepherd (English).
2. berger blanc (French).
3. Berger Blanc Suisse (German).
4. Pastor branco suíço (Portuguese).
5. Perro de pastor suizo blanco (Spanish).