Berger Blanc Suisse

The Berger Blanc Suisse is a breed of dog from Switzerland. It is of the same origins as the White Shepherd Dog and the German Shepherd Dog; but has been recognized as a separate breed by the FCI.

On 3 April 1899, the first German Shepherd Dog as we know the dog breed today is officially registered. This dog was a completely white coated male, and was used by cattle and sheep herders at that time, they used this white dog to distinguish them from wolves.

After the creation of the German Shepherd dog breed, all colors were accepted. It was in the first decades of the 20th century, when the white exemplary were excluded, therefore persecuted and almost wiped out in Europe.

As of 6 May 2008 the Australian National Canine Council recognized the White Swiss Shepherd Dog breed, providing imported dogs have 3 generations of FCI registration on their pedigree.

Australian locally bred stock have proven their quality & success by also being FCI registered when exported overseas (dogs bred only by Alpinarc and Neigepearl Kennels), but unfortunately can not be registered in their country of birth due to political restrictions that have been put in place.

The first White Shepherd Dog club was founded in the 1970s in America. Meanwhile the breed appeared again in Europe. At first in Switzerland and Denmark, Germany came next. Slowly, the European cynological societies began to open their stud books to the White Shepherd.

The dog Lobo, born in 1966, was the first White Shepherd Dog to be registered in Europe, specifically in Switzerland. The breed was recognized in Switzerland 1991, the Netherlands followed in 1992. The Czech Republic, Austria and Denmark also recognized the breed.

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