: Mrs. R. Binder.
OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD
: Family and working companion dog with distinctive friendly nature to
children; attentive watchdog, cheerful and quick to learn.
F.C.I. : Group
and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs).
HISTORICAL SUMMARY : In USA and
Canada white shepherd dogs have gradually become to be accepted as a distinct
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).
: 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
- Moderately long
rectangular shape : body length (from the point of shoulder to point of
buttock) to height at withers = 12 : 10.
- The distance from
the stop to the noseleather slightly beyond the distance from the stop to
the occipital protuberance.
BEHAVIOUR / CHARACTER
: Lively, without
nervousness, attentive and watchful; towards strangers sometimes slightly aloof
but never apprehensive or aggressive.
: 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.
: Only slightly rounded; indicated central furrow.
Stop : Slightly marked, but clearly perceptible.
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
: 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
Ears : Erect ears, set high, carried upright, parallel and
directed forward; in the shape of an oblong, at the tip slightly rounded
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.
Withers : Pronounced.
: Level, firm.
Loins : Strongly muscled.
Croup : Long and of medium breadth; from the set on gently sloping to
root of tail.
: Not too broad; deep (about 50 % of the height
at the withers); reaching to the elbows; ribcage oval; well extending to the
rear. Prominent forechest.
and flanks : Flanks slender, firm; underline
moderately tucked up.
: 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.
: Strong, sinewy, medium bone.
FOREQUARTERS : Straight, seen from the front; only moderately broad
stance; seen in profile, well angulated.
Shoulder : Shoulder blade long and well laid back; well angulated;
whole shoulder strongly muscled.
Adequately long, strong muscles.
Elbows : Close fitting.
Forearm : Long, straight, sinewy.
Pastern : Firm and only slightly oblique.
HINDQUARTERS : Seen from the rear straight and parallel; standing not
too wide; seen from the side with adequate angulation.
Medium-long, strongly muscled.
thigh : Medium-long, oblique, with solid bone
and well muscled.
joint : Powerful, well angulated.
Hock : Medium-long, straight, sinewy; dewclaws should be
removed, except in countries where their removal is forbidden by law.
Feet : Oval, hind feet a little longer than forefeet; toes tight
and well arched; firm black pads; dark nails desired.
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
SIZE AND WEIGHT :
at withers : Dogs
60 - 66 cm.
Bitches 55 - 61 cm.
Weight : Dogs
: ca. 30 - 40 kg.
Bitches : ca. 25
- 35 kg.
dogs with slight under- or oversize should not be eliminated.
FAULTS : Any departure from
the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the serious- ness with
which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
- Slight deer
colour (light yellow or fawny shading) on eartips, back and upperside of
- Partial loss of
pigment of flecked appearance on noseleather, lips and/or eye rims.
- Heavy appearance,
too short build (square outline)
- Masculinity or
femininity not clearly defined .
- Missing more than
two PM1; the M3 are not taken into account.
- Drop (hanging)
ears, semi-pricked ears, button ears.
- Strongly sloping
- Ringtail, kinky
tail, hook tail, tail carried over back.
- Soft, silky
topcoat; woolly, curly, open coat; distinctly long hair without undercoat.
- Distinct deer
colour (distinct yellowish or tawny discolouring) on eartips, back and
upperside of the tail.
- Overly shy or
- One eye or both
eyes blue, protruding eyes.
- Over-or undershot
mouth, wry mouth.
- Total loss of
pigment on nose, lips and/or eye rims.
- Total loss of
pigment in the skin and on the pads.
NB.: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles
fully descended into the scrotum.