Berger Blanc Suisse

Berger Blanc Suisse

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The Berger Blanc Suisse, more commonly known as the White Swiss Shepherd was often considered a mutation of the German Shepherd Dog, until recently when it was finally considered a separate breed after years of campaigning from White Shepherd enthusiasts. Currently, this breed is only recognised by the FCI and the UKC, but more efforts are being made to give the breed worldwide recognition as a separate and distinct breed from the GSD.

The White German Shepherd Dog Club International Inc. was formed under the name the National Club for the White GSD, according advancement of the White German Shepherd Dog, in 1964 in Sacramento, California, to protect and further the interests of the dog. In 1977, the club changed its name to the White German Shepherd Dog Club International Inc., and today nearly 20 local chapters exist.

The American White Shepherd Association, founded in 1994, works for full acceptance of the White Shepherd as a separate and distinct breed in all major kennel clubs and registries. It currently has nine regional clubs in the United States and Canada. At press time, the AWSA had successfully petitioned the UKC to grant the White Shepherd full status as of January 1, 1999.

The white GSD has nearly the same standard as the regular GSD, except, of course, for the color. In addition, to differentiate the dog from an albino, a white German Shepherd should have dark eyes and black lips, eyelids, foot-pads and nose, with dark nails. Black, blue or gray skin is desirable.

White supposedly adversely affects a dog’s working abilities. A white dog blends in with sheep or goats, lessening its visibility and herding effectiveness. Also, a white coat stands out against a grassy or brushy hillside, making the dog an easy target for prey animals.

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