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The Berger Blanc Suisse is an ideal companion for children. Discover all the characteristics of this breed of dog.

The origin of Berger Blanc Suisse

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The profile of a Berger Blanc Suisse. Credit : Eric Metz

The first Swiss White Shepherds appeared towards the end of the 19th century. It was Max Von Stephanitz, a Prussian cavalry officer, who came up with the idea of ​​crossing farm dogs with different traits to create a noble-looking, white-colored dog. This crossing allowed him to create the German shepherd. The first years that followed, white puppies were born.

In 1933, every white puppy was excluded from litters and killed at birth by the German Breed Club for German Shepherds. However, several breeders were able to import this line to the United States. In 1970, white German Shepherds were introduced to Switzerland. It was only in 2002 that this breed of bouvier was recognized by the International Cynological Federation. She then regained popularity and ranks today among the favorite dogs of Europeans. It is becoming more and more widespread in France.

Characteristics of a Berger Blanc Suisse

A White Swiss Shepherd and his master lying in the snow. Credit : Irina Knyazeva

The Berger Blanc Suisse is a medium-sized Cattle Dog that is both powerful and muscular. It is distinguished by its thick and silky coat as well as its beautiful bushy tail. At the level of the coat, there are two types:

  • Long-haired White Swiss Shepherds;
  • White Swiss Shepherds with semi-long hair.

This dog’s ears are triangular in shape and stand upright on its head. His almond eyes give it a great charm. They are usually dark brown in color. However, you may also encounter White Swiss Shepherds with light brown colored eyes.

Towards adulthood, the height of a Berger Blanc Suisse can reach up to 66 cm. The weight of the male oscillates between 30 and 40 kg while the female can weigh up to 35 kg. L’life expectancy of this dog is 12 years old.

Berger Blanc Suisse: character and behavior

A beautiful Berger Blanc Suisse in the forest. Credit : wolfhound911

The Berger Blanc Suisse is a dog that is both calm and affectionate. The Berger Blanc Suisse perfectly fulfills the role of a pet. With a good education, he can coexist without worry with a group of children. This dog is also very sociable with others. pets (cat, ferret, parrot…) and farm animals. He doesn’t attack strangers. However, this ball of hair is sometimes very protective of its masters. Not tolerating loneliness, this breed of dog can become a real pot of glue. She can’t stand her master’s absences, even for a short time.

The Berger Blanc Suisse is an intelligent animal. Curious by nature, he loves playful activities such as gardening and DIY. It is one of the breeds of dogs that like to try out new games in the garden and have fun with their masters. The Berger Blanc Suisse is particularly easy to live with, regardless of the living conditions.

Although he is very affectionate, the Berger Blanc Suisse is also an excellent guard dog. It can signal the presence of an intruder on your property with its powerful bark. This breed of dog has an excellent sense of smell. He can sense danger from miles away and very quickly. Moreover, it is often used as a patrol dog, anti-drug dog and anti-explosive dog by the law enforcement.

Diseases common in White Swiss Shepherds

A veterinarian working on his computer. Credit : YakobchukOlena

The Berger Blanc Suisse generally has an iron health. However, like all cattle breeds, it can be subject to hip dysplasia. If not treated in time, this pathology can lead to disability in your pet.

Other diseases can affect your Berger Blanc Suisse. Rupture of the cruciate ligament is one of the most common. It is a common genetic condition in large dogs and requires surgery once diagnosed. The rupture of the cruciate ligament can also occur following an incident. If disturbing symptoms appear, it is best to consult a veterinarian quickly.

Here are other health issues that can affect your Berger Blanc Suisse:

  • Kennel cough;
  • eye disorders;
  • Intestinal obstruction.

During the gestation period, you will need to be extra vigilant and monitor the animal’s state of health. A Berger Blanc Suisse can carry between 4 and 9 puppies. To know the exact number of puppies in a litter, you can perform an ultrasound at the veterinary from 20andday following mating. The gestation of your Berger Blanc Suisse can last about 65 days.

Caring for a Berger Blanc Suisse

A dog taking a shower. Credit : Irina Kashaeva

Caring for a Berger Blanc Suisse is easy. This herdsman requires little maintenance. In order to keep its magnificent dress, you just need to brush it regularly. During the moulting period, brushing should be more frequent. It usually takes place twice a year and lasts about 3 weeks. Regarding the washing of your furball, a bath twice a year is more than enough.

To avoid tartar and keep his breath fresh, your dog should brush his teeth regularly. Use a toothbrush adapted to his age and specific products to ensure his well-being. To limit the risk of infection, check your Berger Blanc Suisse’s eyes and ears once a week. Pay attention. If your dog’s nails don’t wear down naturally, you’ll need to trim them yourself. However, seek advice from a veterinarian beforehand to avoid any incident. Indeed, like all other breeds, your dog’s nails are made up of blood vessels.

The Berger Blanc Suisse is a great sportsman. Although they can adapt to apartment living, this breed needs regular running and jumping. So take the time to take her walk every day. A little walk in the garden or in the neighborhood is enough to restore strength and vitality. If you live in a large house with a garden, let your dog play there frequently. He will thus be able to further develop his faculties and exert himself. In order to strengthen your bonds of friendship and ensure the welfare of your furry friend, do not hesitate to offer him new games during your free time.

Berger Blanc Suisse: what food?

A dog holding its bowl in its mouth. Credit : Chalabala

The diet of your Berger Blanc Suisse should be given special attention. A puppy can take 3 to 4 meals a day. From 6 months, his meals should be reduced to 2 times a day. Indeed, as it grows, your pet will be more exposed to the risk of overweight. Be careful not to exceed the recommended amount of food according to the size and weight of your Berger Blanc Suisse.

A healthy, balanced diet is essential to keeping this Cattle Dog breed healthy. Prioritize the premium kibbleadapted to their age, state of health and activities. In order to avoid the dilatation-torsion of the stomach, the size of the croquettes must adapt to the age of the dog. Intense activities before eating are also not recommended. You should always leave a bowl of fresh water available to your Berger Blanc Suisse.

The diet of a Berger Blanc Suisse must be rich in animal protein and low in assimilable carbohydrates. You can perfectly concoct balanced homemade food for your furry friend.

How to train a Berger Blanc Suisse?

A dog exercising with his master. Credit : Miriam Doerr

Intelligent and endowed with a strong character, the Berger Blanc Suisse is easy to train. However, his education must be undertaken gently. Familiarize your pet with group life and family habits such as waking times, meal times, limits not to cross… As this is an extremely sensitive dog, avoid him giving too much affection. You must accustom him to solitude so that he can live normally during your absences.

So that your Berger Blanc Suisse can assimilate the rules of life in society, you can entrust its education to a professional. Also, do not hesitate to seek advice from a breeder with experience in training dogs. Offering treats as a reward when your furry friend is obedient is also an alternative to getting him to adopt the good behavior.

Where to adopt your Berger Blanc Suisse?

A dog farm. Credit: davit85

If you want adopt a Berger Blanc Suisse, it is best to go directly to a specialist in canine breeding. You will find many breeders in France and other countries. The price varies from breeder to breeder. It oscillates between 800 and 1,500 euros. The ideal is to adopt a puppy. This one will adapt more easily to the habits of your family.

When you adopt a Berger Blanc Suisse, check its pedigree, its breeding environment and its conformance to breed standard. You can be sure of its purity thanks to the LOF or Book of French Origins that you will ask in advance from the breeder. Beware of excessively high prices. They do not make it possible to determine either the quality of the breeding or the good faith of the breeder.

In addition to the price of adopting a Berger Blanc Suisse, other expenses are to be expected. For food, count about 50 or 60 euros per month if you plan to feed your pet with kibble. If you want to feed it exclusively fresh meat, this price can be even higher. For health, include visits to the veterinarian and dewormers every 3 months in your calculation. For this breed of dog, health costs can amount to up to 80 euros per month.

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