Dog Breed

Berger Blanc Suisse

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Full Name
Berger Blanc Suisse
Alternate Names
White Swiss Shepherd Dog
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Life Span
10 - 13 years
Weight
55 - 77 pounds
Description

There is much confusion and debate around whether the White Swiss Shepherd Dog, also known as the Berger Blanc Suisse is a unique dog breed or just a white german shepherd variation. The FCI recognizes them as a unique breed- with only white as the acceptable color. The Berger Blanc Suisse is very similar to the GSD in personality, but it may be a bit less of a people pleaser, and have a more wild personality, due to the nature of the breeding over the past years. The Berger Blanc Suisse still makes an excellent pet but may need an even more dedicated training and discipline program.

Origin
Switzerland
Bred For
Herding Dog
Attachments
    Family Considerations
    Child Friendly

    Is the Berger Blanc Suisse good with children?

    Yes, the Berger Blanc Suisse is very friendly with children. We still recommend introductions to children while they are young so they get used to them, but the Berger Blanc Suisse naturally loves children.
    Stranger Friendly

    Is the Berger Blanc Suisse friendly with strangers?

    Yes, the Berger Blanc Suisse is very friendly with strangers. We still recommend early socialization while the Berger Blanc Suisse is a puppy to introduce them to various new people, but in general they are friendly with everyone.
    Dog Friendly

    Is the Berger Blanc Suisse friendly with other dogs?

    The Berger Blanc Suisse is about average in how friendly they are with other dogs. They can be timid or defensive, but with proper training and socialization can be fine for dog parks and living with other dogs at home.
    Likes to Cuddle

    Does the Berger Blanc Suisse like to cuddle?

    The Berger Blanc Suisse appreciates affection and that includes kisses and snuggles!
    Playfulness

    Does the Berger Blanc Suisse like to play?

    The Berger Blanc Suisse is always ready for play! It's important to keep in mind, as they need to be stimulated with games and affection throughout the day.
    Service Dog Ability

    Does the Berger Blanc Suisse make a good service dog?

    The Berger Blanc Suisse is a common service dog. The Berger Blanc Suisse is smart, dedicated, and patient. However, despite the Berger Blanc Suisse being an excellent breed for service work, they must pass through an extensive training period and only some will be up for a life dedicated to service work.
    Overall Ease of Breed
    Ease for Novice

    Is the Berger Blanc Suisse good for first-time owners?

    The Berger Blanc Suisse is not the easiest breed for first-time owners, but can certainly still work out if the owner is willing to put the time into training and exercise.
    Training Potential

    How well can the Berger Blanc Suisse be trained?

    The Berger Blanc Suisse can be trained to the highest level and is oftentimes seen in various competitions. The Berger Blanc Suisse is not only intelligent, but it wants to please its owner and is motivated with competition, especially if it feels like it has a job assigned to it.
    Amount of Shedding

    Does the Berger Blanc Suisse shed a lot?

    The Berger Blanc Suisse sheds a lot! They may still shed less than a few other breeds, but be prepared for dog hair throughout the home and on your clothes.
    Ease of Grooming

    Is the Berger Blanc Suisse easy to groom?

    The Berger Blanc Suisse requires a good amount of grooming work. It is possible to do it yourself, but you need to plan on dedicating weekly grooming sessions at the minimum.
    Exercise Need

    Does the Berger Blanc Suisse need a lot of exercise?

    The Berger Blanc Suisse has a lot of energy and getting daily exercise is very important, both for their well-being and for their focus, which is important when you train them.
    Personality
    Intelligence

    How smart is the Berger Blanc Suisse?

    The Berger Blanc Suisse is one of the smartest dog breeds. Having a very smart dog is fun, but it is also demanding- they require mental challenge and stimulation just as much as physical exercise.
    Amount of Barking

    How much does the Berger Blanc Suisse bark? Does the Berger Blanc Suisse bark too much?

    The Berger Blanc Suisse barks a lot. This is important to consider with your living situation- will it be ok when you leave them at home alone or will they disrupt the neighbors? The Berger Blanc Suisse will oftentimes bark just to express their thoughts... even just to be heard!
    Guard Dog Ability

    Is the Berger Blanc Suisse a good guard dog?

    The Berger Blanc Suisse can serve as an excellent guard dog. It is both physically intimidating and also enjoys having a "job" to protect its family and property.
    Tolerates Being Alone

    Is the Berger Blanc Suisse good at staying alone? Is the Berger Blanc Suisse independent?

    The Berger Blanc Suisse is not very independent and does not do great when left behind for longer than a couple of hours. This is one of the most important things to consider when getting a new dog.
    Home and Environment Considerations
    Good for Apartment Living

    Is the Berger Blanc Suisse a good apartment dog?

    The Berger Blanc Suisse is not a good dog for apartment living for several reasons. It is still possible to make it work if the owner is dedicated to plenty of training and daily exercise, but it may be challenging.
    Size

    How big is the Berger Blanc Suisse?

    The Berger Blanc Suisse is a medium sized dog breed. They can range in size depending on genetics, and males are larger on average than females.
    Tolerates Heat

    How much does the Berger Blanc Suisse tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Berger Blanc Suisse?

    The Berger Blanc Suisse can tolerate some heat, but should not be over-exposed to hot weather. In general, they can live in hot weather climates, but would do best with air conditioning or at least a fan in their home, especially where they sleep.
    Tolerates Cold

    How much does the Berger Blanc Suisse tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Berger Blanc Suisse?

    The Berger Blanc Suisse can tolerate cold weather well. Play time in the snow or on particularly cold evenings may need to be limited, but overall they can do well in cold climates.
    Potential to Run Away

    Does the Berger Blanc Suisse try to run away?

    The Berger Blanc Suisse does not have a large drive to run away. They can still be distracted and run, so precautions should be taken, but overall they have a less than average urge to run away.
    Physical Characteristics
    General Health

    Is the Berger Blanc Suisse a healthy dog? The health of a Berger Blanc Suisse should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

    The Berger Blanc Suisse is healthy, but has an average number of health risks that should be taken into consideration.
    Energy Level

    How energetic is the Berger Blanc Suisse?

    The Berger Blanc Suisse has a lot of energy and this needs to be considered before bringing the Berger Blanc Suisse into your home. Can you give your Berger Blanc Suisse enough exercise? They will need several small daily walks, or a large dog park trip to get all of the energy out.
    Amount of Drooling

    How much does the Berger Blanc Suisse drool?

    The Berger Blanc Suisse drools very little, typically to where it's never a concern.
    Prey Drive

    Does the Berger Blanc Suisse have a large prey drive? Does the Berger Blanc Suisse like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?

    The Berger Blanc Suisse has average prey drive. They will probably enjoy chasing after birds and other small animals at the park, and it may be an issue at the home if you have small animals, but with some training and introduction can usually learn to live with them.
    Athleticism

    Is the Berger Blanc Suisse atheltic?

    The Berger Blanc Suisse is very athletic and would be well suited for a family that frequently works out or goes on adventures.
  1. Herding
  2. Shepherd / Sheepdog
  3. Berger Blanc Suisse
The Berger Blanc Suisse is a purebred dog that belongs to the Shepherd / Sheepdog sub group, which falls under the larger Herding dog breed group.
Herding group: The Herding group dogs all share an instinctual ability to control the movement of other animals. They have traditionally been raised on farms to help herd and protect valuable livestock. They are intelligent, and have been bred to treat each day like they have a "job" they must do. Their innate herding ability is such a big part of who they are, that they are known to even "herd" their owners, children, or other small dogs. Some can seem stubborn and even obsessed with their herding, since they take it seriously! They have high expectations, and must be stimulated mentally just as much as physically. The reward to these "high expectations" is that they can be trained very well, and are oftentimes used in competitions. Certain breeds such as the well known German Shepard are also used by Police forces, because of their discipline, intelligence, and ability to be trained.
Shepherd / Sheepdog sub-group: Shepherd dogs are the super performers of the dog world. For many generations they have served their owners by performing their job of helping in the farm- guarding, protecting, and herding. Shepherds were bred based off intelligence and temperament, and willingness to serve their families. Today they are excellent family dogs, but also excel as military service animals, emotional therapy dogs, and in competitive obedience competitions. They are highly trainable and intelligent, but that does not necessarily mean they are an easy dog or optimal for first time owners. With this potential comes greater responsibility from the owner. They need a firm owner who is willing to stimulate them both physically and mentally from an early age. They need a leader. If they have one, you will be rewarded with one of the friendliest and most intelligent dogs in the World.

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