Similar to the German shepherd in size, the White Swiss Shepherd’s height ranges from 55–66 centimetres. Its average weight falls anywhere between 25–40 kilograms.
Having a muscular, medium-sized body similar to that of the GS, the White Swiss Shepherd has a tail shorter than its body is long. It gives the impression of being alert and athletic, with a clean-cut, wedge-shaped head that is well-proportioned to its body.
Its medium-sized and typically black nose dispels the false notion that the WSS is the “albino” version of the GS. Their muzzles, longer than an average dog’s skull, are powerful and straight. It houses a strong jaw decked with teeth that close into a perfect scissor bite. Its ears, which are erect and faced forward, are high, elongated, and triangular.
The White Swiss Shepherd’s belly is fairly tucked up, lending it a graceful appearance. Its back legs are strong, and the back feet are a bit longer than the front. The oval-shaped feet are studded with dark nails and are firmly padded underneath.
The most distinctive feature of the WSS is its gleaming white and thick double coat. Its pristine coat is surprisingly resistant to dirt and can easily be groomed. When muddy, the dirt can be easily brushed off the coat when dry. A brief dip in the water can effectively clean muddied coats in no time. However, the WSS requires frequent brushing. This dog breed, like the German shepherd, tends to shed much all year, especially during spring and autumn.
The White Swiss Shepherd looks very similar to its snow-coloured cousins, the White Shepherd and the White German Shepherd. The major difference between the WSS and WGS is the hip angulation, which is more upright in the WSS. The WSS and the WGS can be regarded as standing on two extremes, with the White Shepherd in the middle serving as a transition breed in between the WSS and WGS.