FCI-Standard N° 347
BERGER BLANC SUISSE
(White Swiss Shepherd Dog)
TRANSLATION: Mrs R. Binder / Official language (FR).
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID
UTILIZATION: Companion and family dog.
FCI-CLASSIFICATION: Group 1 Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs
(except Swiss Cattle
Section 1 Sheepdogs.
Without working trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: In the USA and Canada
White Shepherd dogs have gradually become to be accepted as a
distinct breed. The first dogs of this breed were imported to
Switzerland in the early 70ies. The American male “Lobo”, whelped
on 5th of March 1966, can be considered as the progenitor of the
breed in Switzerland. The descendants of this male registered with
the Swiss Stud Book (LOS) and other White Shepherd dogs imported
from the USA and Canada, gradually multiplied. There now exists a
big number of pure-bred over several generations White Shepherd
dogs throughout Europe. These dogs have been registered as a new
breed in the appendix of the Swiss Stud Book (LOS) since June 1991
GENERAL APPEARANCE: A powerful, well-muscled, mediumsized, White Shepherd dog with erect ears, double coat which is
either of medium length or long; elongated shape; medium sized
bone and elegant, harmonious outline.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS: Moderately long rectangular
shape: body length (from the point of shoulder to point of buttock) to
height at withers = 12:10.
The distance from the stop to the tip of the nose is slightly more than
the distance from the stop to the occipital protuberance.
BEHAVIOUR/ TEMPERAMENT: Lively and balanced
temperament, enjoys action, attentive with good ability to be trained.
Friendly and discreet. High social competence and devoted to his
owner. Never afraid or aggressive without provocation. A joyful and
easy to teach working and sporting dog with capability for all round
education. High social competence allows for a marked ability to
adapt and integrate to all kinds of social events and situations.
CRANIAL REGION: Strong, clean cut and finely chiselled, in good
proportion to the body. Wedge-shaped, seen from above and from
the side. Axes of skull and muzzle parallel.
Skull: Only slightly rounded; central furrow only slightly
Stop: Slightly marked, but clearly perceptible.
Nose: Medium-sized; black pigmentation desired; snow nose and
lighter nose accepted.
Muzzle: Powerful and moderately long in relation to the skull; nasal
bridge and lower line of muzzle straight, slightly convergent towards
Lips: Dry, closing tightly, as black as possible.
Jaws/Teeth: Powerful and complete, scissor bite. The teeth should be
set square to the jaw.
EYES: Medium-sized, almond shaped, placed a little obliquely;
colour brown to dark-brown; eye lids well fitting with black eye-rims
EARS: Erect ears, set high, parallel and directed forward; in the
shape of an elongated triangle with the tip slightly rounded.
NECK: Moderately long and well muscled, with harmonious set-on
to the body, without dewlap; the elegantly arched neckline runs in a
continuous line from the moderately high carried head to the withers.
Top line: Strong, muscular, medium-long.
Back: Level, firm.
Loin: Strongly muscled.
Croup: Long and of medium width; gently sloping from the set-on to
root of tail.
Chest: Not too broad; deep (about 50 % of the height at the withers);
reaching to the elbows; ribcage oval; extending well to the rear.
Prominent fore chest.
Underline and belly: Flanks slender, firm; underline moderately
TAIL: Bushy sabre tail, tapering to the tip; set on rather low;
reaching at least to the hock joint; at rest, it hangs either straight
down or with a slight saber-like curve in its last third part; in action
carried higher, but never above the topline.
General appearance: Strong, sinewy, medium bone. Straight, seen
from the front; only moderately broad stance; seen in profile, well
Shoulder: Shoulder blade long and well laid back; well angulated;
whole shoulder strongly muscled.
Upper arm: Adequately long, strong muscles.
Elbow: Close fitting.
Forearm: Long, straight, sinewy.
Metacarpus (Pastern): Firm and only slightly oblique.
Forefeet: Oval, toes tight and well arched; firm black pads; dark nails
General appearance: Strong, sinewy, medium bone.
Seen from the rear straight and parallel; standing not too wide; seen
from the side with adequate angulation.
Thigh: Medium-long, strongly muscled.
Stifle (Knee): Adequate angulation.
Lower thigh: Medium-long, oblique, with solid bone and well
Hock joint: Powerful, well angulated.
Metatarsus (Rear pastern): Moderately long, straight, sinewy.
Hind feet: Oval, hind feet a little longer than forefeet; toes tight and
well arched; firm black pads; dark nails desired.
GAIT / MOVEMENT: Rhythmical sequences of steps with even
drive and enduring; front legs reaching out far, with strong thrust;
trot is ground covering and easy.
SKIN: Without folds; dark pigmentation.
Medium length coat: Dense, close-lying double coat; abundant
undercoat covered with hard, straight protection hair; face, ears and
front of legs are covered with shorter hair; at the neck and the back
of the legs the coat is slightly longer. Slightly wavy, hard hair is
Long coat: Dense, close-lying double coat; abundant undercoat
covered with hard, straight protection hair; face, ears and front of
legs are covered with shorter hair; at the neck the long coat forms a
distinct mane and at the back of the legs it forms trousers and the hair
on the tail is bushy. The coat length should never be exaggerated.
Slightly wavy, hard hair is permitted.
SIZE AND WEIGHT:
Height at the withers: Males: 58 - 66 cms. Females: 53 - 61 cms.
Weight: Males: ca. 30 - 40 kgs. Females: ca. 25 - 35 kgs.
Typical dogs slightly under- or oversized should not be disqualified.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault
and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should
be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and
welfare of the dog and its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Slight fawn coloured overlay (light yellow or fawn shade) on eartips,
on back and upper part of tail.
• Partial loss of pigment of flecked appearance on nose, lips and/or eye
• Dewclaws. Except in countries where their removal is forbidden by
• Heavy appearance, too short build (square outline).
• Absence of sexual dimorphism.
• Missing more than two PM1; the M3 are not taken into account.
• Drop (hanging) ears, semi-pricked ears, button ears.
• Severely sloping backline.
• Ringtail, kinked tail, hook tail, tail carried over back.
• Soft, silky topcoat; woolly, curly, open coat; distinctly long hair
• Distinct fawn colour (distinct yellowish or tawny overlay) on ear
tips, back and upper side of the tail.
• Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities.
• Anxiety, high grade fearfulness, aggressiveness due to anxiety,
unnecessary aggression, lethargic behaviour.
• One eye or both blue, protruding eyes.
• Entropion, ectropion.
• Over- or undershot mouth, wry mouth.
• Total loss of pigment on nose, lips and/or eye rims.
• Total loss of pigment in the skin and on the pads.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical
conformation, should be used for breeding.