Energy Level & Health: In contrast to German Shepherds, the Berger Blanc Suisse is characterized by medium to low energy levels and a lower prey drive (less likely to chase). The breed is a good fit as a family dog. While the BBS certainly enjoys rigorous exercise and playtime, it will also tend to be content laying quietly for long periods. As with any breed, the key to your dog’s health will be the quality of the breeder and the breeding program. Make sure to look for a breeder that does key health checks, including full genetic testing on the parents and who feeds high quality food and socializes the puppies.
Many people wonder whether this breed has hip problems. Because the breed standard requires a naturally angled back, in my experience the Berger Blanc Suisse does not tend to have as many problems as many large breeds do with hips. In general, all Shepherds tend to have a more sensitive digestive system than other breeds. If you feed them good quality food, consistently, this should not be a problem, but they do not do as well with table scraps and frequent food changes. The average lifespan is 12 to 14 years.
What makes them happy? The Berger Blanc Suisse is very loyal and family oriented and will love most any activity with its family. Because of their attachment to family, the breed does not tend to roam and will stay close to you at home or while on walks. Even though they do well in hot weather, they love the snow and cold weather. Most Berger Blanc Suisse dogs love water and love to play and swim. The dogs enjoy work and will excel at any type of dog sport; agility, tracking, obedience, scent work, herding, and dock jumping. If you are looking for a loyal, friendly family dog or a dog for service and therapy this may be the breed for you. One final consideration, because these dogs are striking, they draw a lot of attention. You can expect to be greeted with a lot of questions about your dog wherever you go! This information is provided by