* A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function with soundness essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be mindful of features which could be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed. (KUSA)
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Original Function: Herding sheep, working and draught dog
Modern Function: Family companion, protector
Appearance: An elegant medium-size, medium-boned dog with erect ears. Snow white coat and black points. Well-balanced, square-shaped. Long or short double coat.
Weight/Height: Dogs: 30-40 kg / 60-66cm; Bitches: 25 – 35 kg / 55-61cm
Coat Colours/Texture: White. Slight deer colour (light yellow or fawny shading) on eartips, back and upperside of the tail is a ‘minor fault’ in the standard. Short or long coat with abundant undercoat.
Grooming: Regular brushing and grooming, particularly when shedding.
Character/Temperament: Gentle, loyal, alert, keen learner, lively. Should not be nervous or aggressive, but may be aloof towards strangers.
Compatibility with other animals/cats: Very compatible - if socialized from a young age and raised with them, they get on with all other animals.
Compatibility with people/children: Very compatible, but must be socialized from an early age to ensure that natural aloofness with strangers does not turn to shyness. The WSSD has a natural affinity for children.
Indoors/Outdoors: Both – like most dogs, shedding hair will be more noticeable indoors.
Exercise/Training: Fair space is required outdoors for free exercise – even if kept in an average garden, they should be taken for regular walks and runs. Very keen learner and wants to please owners.
Longevity/Health: 10 – 15 years; Very good - generally very healthy.
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