Dutch Shepherd Breed Summary
Competent, Reliable, Watchful and Independent
The Dutch Shepherd is a very intelligent breed however, it's not very well known. Many who have had the pleasure of owning a Dutch Shepherd liken him to a workaholic. He lives to work, whether he is herding sheep, doing therapy work, agility, obedience or even police work. Due to the nature of the Dutch Shepherd, it is not recommended for the first time dog owner. He requires daily exercise and training that provides him with enough physical and mental stimulation so that he does not become overly bored and in turn destructive.
|Lifespan||11 - 14 Years|
|Height (at the withers)||Male 57cm - 62cm, Female 55cm - 60cm|
|Weight||Male and Female 27kg - 32kg|
|Coat||Medium Length, Dense and Straight|
|Colour||Brindle, Brown, Black and Tan|
|Common health issues||Hip Dysplasia|
|Other Names||Hollandse Herdershond, Dutchie|
The Dutch Shepherd is a very competent dog easily excelling in agility, obedience, guard work, herding, catch and field trailing. The Dutch Shepherd is happiest when working and requires a good deal of mental and physical stimulation. He is friendly, playful and full of energy, however, don't let this pooch fool you, he is also cunning and can outsmart his owner when given the opportunity. He is great with children as long as he sees children as higher in the pecking order than him and he will be loyal to his family, especially his handler.
Many people often mistake the Dutch Shepherd and the Belgian Shepherd since they share a very similar breed standard. The main differences are coat colour, size and proportion requirements. Although the Dutch Shepherd’s origins are somewhat confusing, it is suggested that they descend from the same herding dogs that also created the Belgian Shepherd and German Shepherd. He was originally bred in the early 1800s in the southern part of the Netherlands and the largest population of Dutch Shepherds were found in Brabant which bordered Belgium. The Dutch Shepherd’s original purpose was a farm dog, guard dog, cart dog, herder, security or police dog. The Dutch Shepherd is virtually an unheard of breed outside of Holland, however, in his home country, he is still valued as an excellent herding dog.