Africa (KUSA), Australia (ANKC), New Zealand (NZKC), Britain
(UK): Herding Group
USA (AKC), Canada (CKC): Sporting Group
FCI (provisionally accepted): Group 1- Sheep Dogs
white dog, giving the appearance of power, liveliness, alertness
and spirit. Similar in shape to the old-style German Shepherd
Dog, the White Swiss Shepherd is longer than tall, with his
chest reaching to at least 50% of his height at the withers.
There are short-coated and long-coated varieties.
24 - 26½" (60 - 66cm) Bitches 22 - 24½ "
(55 - 61cm)
30 - 40 kg, Bitches 25 - 35kg
Slight deer colour (light yellow or fawn shading) on eartips,
back and upperside of tail is relatively common.
loyal to its family - should not be shy or aggressive, but may
be slightly aloof towards strangers; somewhat softer in temperament
to its cousin, the German Shepherd Dog; very alert and watchful;
very keen to work and spend time with their handlers; intelligent,
obedient, and easy to train, responding best to less harsh training
methods such as clicker training; if socialised well from puppyhood,
they are good with children and other animals; can be very vocal,
making a wide range or sounds and tending to "talk"
to owners and neighbouring dogs.
properly controlled, some tend to bark a lot. They tend to shed
family home should include a large yard for exercise. Should
also be taken for regular outside stimulation and exercise.
fairly active indoors or out. Provide sufficient toys for amusement.
exercise is important for this breed. Because of his inherent
intelligence, play needs to be stimulating, such as chasing
a ball, frisbee, obedience training, etc
- 15 years
and elbow displasia can be a problem in some lines (make
sure parents are tested)
problems: skin or coat problems, missing teeth
occasional concerns: bloat or stomach torsion; megaoesophagus;
degenerative joint disease (including osteochondritis);
heavy hair shedder, but easy to groom - daily brushing will
reduce shedding hair; regular cleaning of ears and eyes; regular
shampooing with a good quality dog shampoo (not human); regular
clipping of nails.
skilled grooming required.
a reputable, registered breeder - do not buy from a backyard
breeder or pet shop!
Consult pet-oriented media, KUSA (South Africa), official
registries, and word of mouth.
Research as much about the breed as possible before making