(Translation from the Originalstandard in french)
Standard Nr. 347 / 18.12.2002 / D
WHITE SWISS SHEPHERD DOG
(Weisser Schweizer Schäferhund)
(Berger Blanc Suisse)
TRANSLATION : Mrs. R. Binder.
ORIGIN : Switzerland.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 26.11.2002.
UTILIZATION : Family and working companion dog with distinctive friendly nature to children; attentive watchdog, cheerful and quick to learn.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. :
Group 1 Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs).
Section 1 Sheepdogs.
Without working trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : In USA and Canada white shepherd dogs have gradually become to be accepted as a distinct breed.
The first dogs of this breed were imported into Switzerland in the early 70ies. The American male “Lobo”, whelped on 5th March 1966, can be considered as the progenitor of the breed in Switzerland. The descendants of that male registered with the Swiss Stud Book (LOS) and other white shepherd dogs imported from USA and Canada, gradually multiplied. There exists now a big number of white shepherd dogs, pure-bred, over several generations, distributed throughout Europe. For that reason, since June 1991, these dogs have been registered as a new breed with the appendix of the Swiss Stud Book (LOS).
GENERAL APPEARANCE : A powerful, well-muscled, medium-sized, white shepherd dog with erect ears, double coat or long double coat or long double coat; elongated shape; medium sized bone and elegant, harmonious outline.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS :
BEHAVIOUR / CHARACTER : Lively, without nervousness, attentive and watchful; towards strangers sometimes slightly aloof but never apprehensive or aggressive.
HEAD : Strong, dry and finely chiselled, in good proportion to the body. Seen from above and from the side wedge-shaped. Axes of skull and foreface parallel.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Only slightly rounded; indicated central furrow.
FACIAL REGION :
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 to the nose.
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 desirable.
Ears : Erect ears, set high, carried upright, parallel and directed forward; in the shape of an oblong, at the tip slightly rounded triangle.
NECK : Medium-long and well muscled, with harmonious set on at the body, without dewlap; the elegantly arched neckline runs without disruption from the moderately high carried head to the withers.
BODY : Strong, muscular, medium-long.
TAIL : Bushy sabre tail, tapering to the tip; set on rather deep; 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 movement carried higher, but never above the topline.
LIMBS : Strong, sinewy, medium bone.
FOREQUARTERS : Straight, seen from the front; only moderately broad stance; seen in profile, well angulated.
HINDQUARTERS : Seen from the rear straight and parallel; standing not too wide; seen from the side with adequate angulation.
Upper thigh : Medium-long, strongly muscled.
GAIT : Rhythmical sequence of steps with even drive and enduring; front legs reaching out far, with strong thrust; trot ground covering and easy.
SKIN : Without folds and wrinkles; dark pigmentation.
HAIR : Medium length, dense, close-lying double coat or long 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 permitted.
COLOUR : White.
SIZE AND WEIGHT :
Height at withers : Dogs 60 - 66 cm.
Weight : Dogs : ca. 30 - 40 kg
Typical dogs with slight under- or oversize should not be eliminated.
FAULTS : 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.
MINOR FAULTS :
SERIOUS FAULTS :
ELIMINATING FAULTS :
NB.: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.