The White Swiss Shepherd is a direct descendant of German Shepherds, and, in fact, earlier both the former and the latter were reckoned to the same breed. At the end of the 19th century, when the German Shepherd breed was formed, all colors, including white, were adopted for standardization. It is now believed that the White Shepherd and the White Swiss Shepherd, as well as the German, are three different breeds, although they have the same origin.
The separation process began after 1920, when the German Shepherd breed, with a white coat, was discarded for participation in dog shows. By the way, it is interesting to know that the first officially registered German shepherd named Horand von Grafrath had a classic color, although the great-great-grandfather of this dog on the maternal side was pure white. After 1970, breeders appeared who were engaged in targeted breeding of white shepherd dogs, and, moreover, American enthusiasts played a large role in this.
Paradoxically, in the beginning, some individuals born in the United States were registered in Switzerland – apparently to emphasize the ancestral roots. Although, at home they were registered as a subspecies of German shepherds, and the first association of the breed of white shepherds appeared in America, and not in their homeland, which is again paradoxical. In Switzerland, these dogs, as a separate breed called the White Swiss Shepherd, were registered and officially recognized only in 1991. After Switzerland, in 1992 the breed was recognized by Holland and other European countries.
This breed is very similar in shape to the German Shepherd, and there is practically no difference in physique and size. The paws are slightly longer than average, the tail is lifted up and bent, the neck is long, the muzzle resembles a wolf, the ears are triangular, erect. German shepherds generally resemble wolves in shape.
All German Shepherds are highly intelligent and the White Swiss Shepherd is no exception. They are very curious and intelligent dogs with a well-balanced and balanced character. Many believe that the German Shepherd as such is generally the ideal of a companion dog – a man’s best friend, whom you can always rely on and who will never betray and will help out in difficult times.
The Swiss White Shepherd Dog lends itself well to training, is very loyal to the owner and his family. By the way, usually these dogs clearly understand the difference between the family and the owner, who, in their minds, is something like the leader of the pack. A high level of energy requires training, long walks, and a developed intellect – teaching teams and mind games. These are strong and self-confident dogs, but if the owner is missing for a long time, they are very bored.
The White Swiss Shepherd Dog perceives strangers with caution, observes their behavior, but does not feel hostility without a reason. If you bring up the animal in the right way, you do not have to worry about unreasonable aggression, unfriendliness and other similar manifestations.
On the contrary, your dog will feel great both with your family and with your friends or unfamiliar people. For this, the dog requires early socialization – meeting other people of all ages, as well as constant communication with other dogs. By the way, it is also better to introduce this breed to cats at an early age. The white Swiss shepherd dog treats children well, being a good nanny and a reliable protector.
A deep understanding of responsibility is possible thanks to the legendary intelligence and ingenuity of these dogs, as well as their soulfulness and kindness with which they perceive their family. They are used as guard dogs, as guide dogs, just as a companion for the whole family – one might say, in a sense, a shepherd is the embodiment of the best qualities of a dog. And it depends only on you in what direction to develop them.
Although the breed of the white Swiss shepherd dog needs early socialization, it accepts the learning process well, and if the owner does everything right, he will not have any problems. Learning can begin at an early age, about six months, with the formation of behavior, meeting other people and animals. Gradually, you can introduce basic commands into classes.
If you require special skills, you can wait until one year old with this. The white Swiss shepherd learns complex commands, skills to help people with special needs, attack or defense skills of the owner well and quickly, getting pleasure from the learning process. Complex specialized skills are usually trained by trainers.
The White Swiss Shepherd Dog requires brushing at least once a week. Also, do not forget to trim the pet’s nails in time, and make sure that the ears and eyes of the animal always remain clean, removing deposits. The dog should be bathed at least once a week.
This breed is notable for its good health, but some problems still occur. Among them:
- dysplasia of the hip joint;
- dysplasia of the elbow joint;
- osteoarthritis as a complication of the above two diseases;
- cauda equina syndrome;
- degenerative myelopathy – many scientists believe that German shepherds, and therefore whites, have a hereditary tendency to this disease;
- von von Willebrand’s disease – a blood clotting disease, also belongs to the investigative type;
- exocrine pancreatic insufficiency.