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White Swiss Shepherd

White Swiss Shepherd

Alternate NamesAmerican White Shepherd, American-Canadian White Shepherd, White Shepherd, White Swiss Shepherd Dog
GroupShepherd and Mountain Dog
SectionShepherd Dog

White Swiss Shepherd Profile

Robust (Health)
Supports Loneliness
Need Exercise
Easy To Maintain
Easy to Train
Nice Child
Agreement with Animals
First Dog
Able to Guard

Physical Characteristics

In all aspects similar to the German Shepherd, except for its slightly more elongated and less angular body. The standard describes a robust, powerful, muscular, medium-sized shepherd dog with erect ears and medium-length-to-long doubled white coat. Its eyes are slanted, slightly oblique, and brown to tawny brown. Its ears are large, triangular and perfectly straight. The tail is set rather low, reaching at least the hock.

Fur: its fur is doubled, medium-length to long and well layered.

Color: white.

Size: 60 to 66 cm for the males and 55 to 61 cm for the females.

Weight: 30 to 40 kg for the males and 25 to 35 kg for the females.

Origins and History

As the white is not part of the standard German Shepherd colors, this breed has been selected and bred on its own (initially under the name White Canadian Shepherd). The first pre-1900s information about a breed of White Shepherd comes from Alsace-Lorraine in France: the Habsburgs’ royal court bred a purebred white shepherd. In 2002, Switzerland, which had imported its first dogs in the 1970s, officially became the “owner” of the breed recognized by the FCI under its actual name.

Character and Abilities

This is a calm, attentive and vigilant dog with a strong character. It can be a bit reserved toward strangers, but never aggressive and never cowardly. It loves human company and goes well with children. However, it does not handle loneliness well and can become destructive and unhappy if left alone many hours a day.

Living Conditions

Despite its white wolf look, the White Swiss Shepherd is a pretty calm dog that easily adapts to its owner and the owner’s pace. It would, however, be happier if its able to spend its energy in a garden or on long walks. The most important thing for the White Swiss Shepherd is to be close to its owner.


It is a sturdy dog, but it is subject to diarrhea problems. Some subjects are affected with Ivermectin and hip dysplasia. These dogs also often have a hyper-attachment problem.

Average life expectancy: about 14 years.

Information and Tips

The rumor that the white color in a German Shepherd is a sign of health issues is absolutely unverified, as is illustrated by the excellent health of the White Swiss Shepherd.

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