The Berger Blanc Suisse, also known as the Snowy Shepherd or the White Swiss Shepherd Dog, may look very similar to the White Shepherd and the White German Shepherd Dog but all three are distinctly separate breeds. The Berger Blanc Suisse is a friendly, intelligent breed that originated in Switzerland and was used as a herding dog and companion. They are easy to train and are excellent with small children and other pets. This breed is not recognized by the American Kennel Club but it is fully recognized by the United Kennel Club, Federation Cynologique Internationale, and the American Rare Breed Registry.
Berger Blanc Suisse Dog Names In Pop Culture
There are probably only a handful of people within the United States who truly know the history of the Berger Blanc Suisse and when seeing one, knows that they are not a White Shepherd or a White German Shepherd Dog. These dogs are rare within the United States and therefore not many people have the opportunity to be around them or learn more about them. There is one Berger Blanc Suisse that is making waves in the dog show world; his name is Ice or more formally National and International Multi-Champion Fire-and-Ice du Bois des Ternes. Ice is a French import and came home to the Dances with Wolves Ranch in California at 10 weeks old. Since arriving in sunny California, Ice has made himself at home and brought a small amount of fame to Simona and Matt, the owners of Dances with Wolves Ranch. Ice’s father, Beautiful Angel du Bois des Ternes, was the number one World Champion in 2009 and holds multiple titles in several European countries. Ice seems to be following in his sire’s paw prints by earning two championship titles, multiple herding group wins, two reserve best in show wins and a best in show win before he even turned 10 months old. Ice currently holds a UKC championship, a National and International championship through the International All Breed Canine Association (IABCA), and an ARBA championship. He has one best in show win, two reserve best in show wins, six group one wins, seven group two placements, three group three placements, 23 best of breed wins, and 23 best male wins. Aside from excelling in the conformation ring, Ice has achieved his therapy dog certification and his AKC Canine Good Citizen title. Ice was also tested and certified to have a strong herding instinct.
Ice still resides at the Dances with Wolves Ranch in Agua Dulce, California which is located about 50 miles north of Los Angeles in the mountains. Ice watches over the ranch when he is not in the show ring or providing therapeutic support at local hospitals and nursing homes. On this ranch, there is, of course, the pack of Berger Blanc Suisse that patrol and protect the 20 acres, but there is also an odd assortment of animals including ponies, chickens, and a pot-bellied pig. Simona and Matt are firm believers in thoroughly health testing all of their Berger Blanc Suisse prior to breeding to ensure that they are producing healthy companions. While the Berger Blanc Suisse does not have the same health problems the White Shepherd and White German Shepherd Dog have, they still believe in keeping the Berger Blanc Suisse as healthy as possible and eradicating any health problems that may arise in their bloodlines.
Berger Blanc Suisse Dog Name Considerations
You may face a tough challenge in finding a Berger Blanc Suisse puppy to bring home for your family. They are a rare breed and there are only a handful of breeders within the United States and Canada. However, if you are lucky enough to find a Berger Blanc Suisse to add to your home, you will be amazed at how loving, loyal, and intelligent they will mature to be. With such an interesting breed name, your Berger Blanc Suisse puppy should have an equally interesting name. Being a White Swiss Shepherd, there are plenty of Swiss names that would sound cool and would definitely be unique. Chances are high that your neighbors’ dogs will not have the same name as your new puppy if you choose a name steeped in Swiss tradition. For example, Balthasar means to protect the king and the Berger Blanc Suisse is a watchman and a herder so this would be a good choice for a male. If you are looking for a name that symbolizes their brilliantly white coat, there are several names that mean white including Blanco, Kandid, Fintan, Galate, or Blanka. You could even choose some more traditional names such as Ice, Frost, Frosty, Snow, or Ivory.