Dutch Shepherd

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Dutch Shepherd

General Description

(Hollandse Herdershond) There are three separate varieties of the Dutch Shepherd. The first variety, the long-haired Dutch Shepherd, has a long, flat, straight, harsh coat. The second variety, the short-haired Dutch Shepherd, has a fine, dense coat. The third variety, the wire-haired Dutch Shepherd, has a medium-length coat that is wiry in texture. While the length and texture of hair will vary according to the Dutch Shepherd’s coat type, the coat colors for this breed are all the same. The coat colors for this breed include yellow, gray, silver, gold brindle, red, and blue. The body of the Dutch Shepherd is well-muscled and symmetrical. Their chest is deep and their stomach is slightly tucked up. They have small, thickly-padded feet with well-arched toes and black nails. Their muzzle is comparatively long, their small eyes are slightly slanted and dark in color, and their ears stand stiffly erect. They have a curved tail and strong, well-developed teeth.

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Character

The Dutch Shepherd is a highly capable shepherd dog that excels in areas of agility, obedience, guarding, herding, field training, and companionship. They are extraordinarily competent, and they approach their work with great enthusiasm. They have strong territorial instincts and will ward off unwanted visitors at lightning speed. They are very affectionate, cheerful, and playful, and they love to spend time with their family. They are a highly intelligent breed, and they are very easy to be around. They are calm, even-tempered, and loyal. This breed generally gets along quite well with other dogs and animals. They are easy to train and learn new commands quickly. They are active, alert to their surroundings, and they make fine watch dogs. They are low maintenance and can withstand harsh weather conditions and fatigue.

Size

22 – 25 inches

Weight

65 – 67 pounds

General Health

The Dutch Shepherd has no recorded health issues or concerns. This breed typically lives for 12 to 14 years.

History

The Dutch Shepherd is a cousin of the Belgian Shepherd. The two breeds are remarkably similar, but it is likely that the Dutch Shepherd possesses more German Shepherd blood in its ancestry. While the Belgian Shepherds have become popular in northern Europe and throughout the United States, the Dutch Shepherd has not attracted much of a following outside of the Netherlands. Only about 400 Dutch Shepherds are registered each year. The Dutch Shepherd is highly valued throughout Holland for its herding abilities and quick reflexes. The breed was initially utilized as an all-purpose farm guard, cart-puller, police and security dog, herder, and guard dog. The Dutch Shepherd developed in the early 1800’s in the southern part of the Netherlands, specifically Belgium and the province of Brabant.

Maintenance

All coat types of the Dutch Shepherd require regular grooming. The breed’s coat should be combed and brushed to remove any dead or loose hairs. The wire-haired variety should be professionally plucked twice per year, and it should never be brushed. Excess hair should be removed from the ears. The Dutch Shepherd should only be bathed when it is necessary. Excessive washing of this breed can lead to the removal of natural oils in the dog’s skin.

Ideal Environment

The Dutch Shepherd is content to live in a small household or apartment if it is given sufficient daily exercise. This breed needs plenty of physical and mental activity to keep healthy and balanced. They are happiest when they have a job to perform. They make great jogging companions, and they love to go for long walks. This breed should be allowed to run free on a regular basis. The Dutch Shepherd’s weather-resistant coat makes it a suitable pet for nearly any climate.

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