Switzerland has its fair share of beautiful dog breeds and the Berger Blanc Suisse is one of the most gorgeous, having a pure white coat and big brown eyes. They are a close relative to the German Shepherd, causing many to believe they are a white version of one. These dogs are used for farm work, police force, and even guide dogs for the blind.
First appearing in the mid 1800’s and being used as a shepherd dog, herding cattle and flocks of birds, the Suisse grew popular with farmers. Because of their brilliant white coat, this made shepherds spot them easily against a wolf, since farmers in the past have been known to accidently shoot their own dog mistaking them for a prowling wolf. This breed was close to dying out in the 1970’s before a breeder gained sight of them and wanted them to flourish once more.
With the face and fur density of a German Shepherd, the Suisse is somewhat large and has big bone structure. Their tail is somewhat longer and bushier and their noses are either black or pink. They can weigh up to sixty to seventy pounds depending on their gender, and they are known to sit straight up on their hind quarters. The ears are triangular and show their acute sense of hearing while their back is broad yet sleek. The Suisse only comes in one color, the shiny white coat.
These dogs can make either the perfect watch dog or the most lovable family dog who can greet strangers with a happy jump or tail wagging. They are watchful, guarded, and have strong wills. Their personalities are finely in tune with the German Shepherd, as they both are loyal companion dogs with a strong sense of justice. Being a fast learner makes him a wonderful pet to enter any type of home with children or elderly. They need plenty of exercise or else they can become quite hyperactive.
Grooming and Health
Blanc Suisses have thick yet short coated fur that needs to be tended to every week. They need to be brushed out on a weekly basis so they don’t shed too much. They need a bath once a month and their ears need to be cleaned every two weeks. These dogs are prone to elbow dysplasia and some skin problems that may need to be taken care of. They may need some special dog tooth paste, since their teeth can get cavities easier than other breeds. Suisses live up to eleven to twelve years.
Blanc Suisse dogs are one of the most loyal human companions, they feel like they have a strong need of protection to animals or children smaller than them which makes them definitely man’s and animal’s best friend.