They are also both herding dogs at heart. But, what sets them apart is demeanor, appearance and breed classification. The difference in appearance between the two breeds is coat color. While the German Shepherd is typically tan and black, all white or all black, the Swiss Shepherd is only white.
If you're just a straight up German Shepherd fanatic then you're going to absolutely love these 9 other extremely GSD-esque breeds! White Shepherd or Berger Blanc Suisse. Source Belgian Shepherd or Malinois. Bohemian Shepherd. Northern Inuit Dog. East-European Shepherd. Shiloh Shepherd Dog. Dutch Shepherd Dog. King Shepherd.