Weight: 65-67 lbs
Height: 22-25 inches
The Dutch Shepherd is originally from the Netherlands where they have been bred during the 1800’s to be an all-purpose dog. These dogs used to be very skilled cart-pullers, herding dogs, police dogs and guarding dogs. The Dutch Shepherd dog is fairly rare in North America, and is also limited in their local country, Holland. This breed is very highly motivated for their fast reflexes and abilities.
The Dutch Shepherd is one of the most competent shepherd dogs there is, and does very well at jobs such as catch, obedience competitions, guard work, herding and field trailing. This breed is very fond of its territory and a very keen worker. These dogs are warm, content, clear-headed and very faithful to their families. Being friendly, affectionate, good-humored and highly energetic these dogs are in general very happy and smart. The Dutch Shepherd can be good friends with children if they give them some time to be alone. These dogs will greet friend and family excitedly, but will b hostile toward undesired visitors. This breed will get along with other animals, but also enjoys the company of their own kind. Owners will find these dogs to be clever, easy to train in obedience train and very keen on learning. The Dutch Shepherd makes excellent watch and guard dogs and is always alert.
Both the long and short-haired Dutch Shepherd dogs are very high maintenance when it comes to grooming. They should be brushed often to remove any dead and loose hairs. The short-haired coats should be trimmed by professionals two times a year. It recommended that the surplus hair on the ears should be removed. The wire-haired variety should not be brushed ever, but they can be combed once in a while. This breed has an all-weather coat that should be washed only when it is really necessary otherwise the natural oils on the skin will be removed.
The Dutch Shepherd will need a dominant trainer but at the same time they also learn very quickly. It is important that their training sessions are varied; otherwise they will loose interest quickly. They do extremely well in obedience, police work, military work and guarding. The training environment for the Dutch Shepherd should be firm, fair and consistent.
There are no recorded health issues for the Dutch Shepherd, and they will typically live for 12 to 14 years.