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Dutch Shepherd Dog

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Breed Information
Popularity #
Name Dutch Shepherd Dog
Other names Dutch Shepherd, Hollandse Herder
Origin Netherlands
Breed Group Herding
Size Large
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years
Temperament AffectionateAlertLoyalObedientReliableTrainable
Height Male: 22.5-24.5 inches (57-62 cm)Female: 21.5-23.5 inches (55-60 cm)
Weight 50-70 pounds (23-32 kg)
Colors BlueBrindleGoldenGraySalt & PepperSilverYellow
Litter Size 6-10 puppies
Puppy Price Average $1000 - $1200 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Apartment Friendly 3 starsThe Dutch Shepherd will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. Its all-weather coat enables it to do well in cold climates.
Barking Tendencies 2 starsOccassional
Cat Friendly 2 stars
Child Friendly 3 stars
Dog Friendly 3 stars
Exercise Needs 3 starsDutch Shepherds need to be kept both physically and mentally exercised. They need to be walked or jogged daily, where the dog is made to heel beside or behind the human holding the lead, as instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. Because they want to work, run them through a regular drill at least twice per week. They make great jogging companions. Let your dog run beside a bicycle, or take it into the woods or open countryside where it can run to its heart’s content.
Grooming 2 starsThe short-haired variety needs occasional combing, with the exception during the shedding period in the spring and fall when a daily thorough brushing is needed. The long-haired variety needs to be groomed about once a week, or more frequently depending on work and environment. The rough-hair variety needs to be thoroughly brushed once a week, and twice a year the dead hair will need to be hand stripped.
Health Issues 3 starsHypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 3 starsRanking: (#). (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 2 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate Shedding: Routine brushing will help. Be prepared to vacuum often!
Stranger Friendly 2 stars
Trainability 4 starsThe Dutch Shepherd is an active and versatile breed. They compete in dog agility, obedience, Rally obedience, flyball, dock jumping, disc dog, tracking, search and rescue, nosework, weight pulling, along with protection sports such as Schutzhund, French Ring, Belgian Ring, mondioring, PSA and others. In The Netherlands it is still employed as a herder and the instinct is still strong in the breed.
Watchdog Ability 5 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Buddy Sadie
02 Max Bella
03 Toby Coco
04 Riley Luna
05 Jake Lulu
06 Tucker Ellie
07 Oliver Sasha
08 Louie Stella
09 Sam Gracie
10 Gizmo Maya
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The Dutch Shepherd is a medium-sized, well-proportioned, well-muscled dog, with a powerful, well-balanced structure, an intelligent expression and a lively temperament. The length of the body exceeds the height, at the withers, in a ratio of 10:9. The Dutch Shepherd has three coat types: short coat, long coat, and rough coat.

Dutch Shepherds are loyal, reliable, alert, watchful, active, independent, intelligent, and intuitive. Obedience and discipline can be achieved with remarkable results. Gifted with a true shepherding temperament, they can supposedly work willingly together with their owners and can deal independently with any task they are assigned, being neither aggressive nor shy. They have a strong character and independence passed down from their herding ancestry.

The Dutch Shepherd, native to Holland, was originally a sheepdog, and was also used by Dutch farmers as a general purpose farm dog. Currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity in its homeland, it is also being used as a companion and guard dog. The Dutch Shepherd is very similar in coat types and physical characteristics, except for color, to the Belgian Shepherd Dog. The brindle color pattern is the only acceptable pattern in the Dutch Shepherd. The Dutch Shepherd was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1995.