White Swiss Shepherd

History

The White Swiss Shepherd Dog is a relative new-comer to pure breed Dogs in Australia, but in the 7 years since its recognition in Australia the breed had gone from strength to strength. The white Swiss shepherd Dogs effortless movement, stunning white coat and striking expression are among the breeds’ most endearing qualities, while the breeds call back to old German shepherd structure and gentle nature has seen its popularity as a pet increase right across Australia.

Description

White Swiss Shepherd Dogs have a white coat and striking expression, while the breed calls back to old German shepherd structure and gentle nature.

Grooming and Physical Needs

  • Grooming Needs: Brush them at least 2-3 times a week, if not daily. Bathing them is an infrequent task, as over bathing is unhealthy for both their skin and coat.
  • Coat Type: Thick white coat suitable for cold weather.
  • Moulting: They are known to shed quite often.
  • Exercise Needs: They love a challenge and need the exercise in doing so. Regular exercise is essential to maintaining their energy as well, as otherwise they may take it out on your house or your front yard.
  • Average Life Span: 12-13 years.

Behaviour

  • Family: The White Swiss Shepherd Dog is known for its good demeanor towards children. They are very kind and protective towards children, although, their size can put them at risk.
  • Temperament: These Dogs are known to be very sensitive to how they are treated. The environment that they are surrounded in will be reciprocated in their behavior. It is important to praise them for their good habits instead of scolding them harshly for their misgivings.
  • Trainability: The White Swiss Shepherd Dog is incredibly intelligent with a high aptitude for learning. The learning only comes from loyalty, however, so the Dog’s owner must display leadership.
  • Sociability (Other Pets): They are more cooperative towards those of their own breed but are altogether not too great at making new friends. Animals that they live with are a different story, particularly those smaller than themselves.
  • Barking: Paired with their muscular build is a booming bark. The Dog’s alert and impressive hearing allows almost nothing that comes near the property to go unnoticed.

Talents

These early Shepherds were the Dogs of German farms all across the country. These farmers relied upon these herding Dogs to make sure their flocks were not put in danger, stolen, or lost.

Notes

They will always prefer their family to the unfamiliar guests, so new guests will have to be slowly integrated into the fold. It is crucial that they are socialized well for them to be able to distinguish the difference between friend and foe.