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Questions From Puppy Buyers
What breed of dog am I shopping for?
The FCI Berger Blanc Suisse/White Swiss Shepherd is a breed that is gaining in popularity very quickly because of its beauty, versatility and exceptional character. The FCI standard must be strongly enforced and consumers must have the necessary education to know what they’re purchasing. Just as several breeds have suffered in quality from breeders trying to cash out on a breed’s popularity, it’s important to be a discriminating consumer so one knows what they are actually purchasing. Are you trying to buy an FCI Berger Blanc Suisse/White Swiss Shepherd? A UKC White Shepherd? Or a German Shepherd Dog? These are not the same! If you are shopping for an FCI Berger Blanc Suisse/White Swiss Shepherd, color white, please read on.
What registration information should a puppy buyer look for when shopping for an FCI BBS/WSSD?
A breed of dog is only as good as the integrity of the registration process. The family home looking for an American or Canadian bred White Swiss Shepherd/Berger Blanc Suisse needs to ask to see a copy of the FCPR registration certificate of both the sire and dam. Sometimes a breeder will import a dam from Europe pregnant with a sire also in Europe. If you purchase a pup from this scenario, the breeder should provide you with copies of Export Pedigrees for the parents corresponding FCI member countries and the FCPR registration certificate.
You will also need the breeder to register both parents with FCPR for puppies to be FCI registered. This is routinely done and there are several dogs registered in multiple FCI member countries. This also happens in artificial insemination. The stud providing the semen needs to be registered in the country of the insemination for the pending pups to be registered, even though the stud stays registered in his country of origin. In the USA and Canada, we register with Federación Canófila de Puerto Rico (FCPR).
What health information should I ask breeders to provide?
It is also important to ask the breeder to provide the actual health certificates for DM, MDR1, as well as OFA or PennHip results for hips and OFA elbow results. All breeders screened for recognition as official Breeder Members with ABBSC have provided all the necessary registration and health certificates of the dogs they are breeding, but you should still ask to see the certificates provided by your breeder.