The rare Dutch Shepherd, which, as the name implies, hails from the Netherlands, is frequently confused with German Shepherds. Despite having very similar ancestors, this less popular breed is regarded as simpler to train and can make ideal family companions in an active environment.
The Dutch Shepherd, like most Shepherd dogs, was initially bred for herding purposes. They are also referred to as Dutch Herders. Because of the huge volume of arable and cattle farming in the Netherlands in the nineteenth century, they were in high demand. Because of their versatility, they were widely used as farm guard dogs. Because of their power, they could even pull carts.
The original breed standard was established in 1898, and it was modified in 1914 to include solely the brindle coloring. This let them to be distinguished from their German and Belgian Shepherd ancestors. Farming had become increasingly mechanized by the early twentieth century, and land reclamation was popular. Because of modern farming practices, the Dutch Shepherd’s talents were no longer in demand.
During World War II, breeding came to a standstill, and many dogs died as a result of the conflict. These lovely dogs were on the verge of extinction. Despite the fact that breeders restored breeding programs after the war, the Dutch Shepherd remains an uncommon breed to this day. They still have excellent intelligence, temperaments, and working abilities. They are widely used by the police and military for search and rescue, as well as as assistance dogs.
There are three kinds of Dutch Shepherd coats. Shorthair (hard, but not too short); wirehair (curly, medium-length hair that is dense, harsh, and disheveled); and longhair are the three types (long, straight, flat and harsh). With all coat types, the color remains the same: various brindles in all shades of gold and silver. Golden can vary from light sand to chestnut red. The Dutch Shepherd weighs between 50 and 70 pounds.
- Weight: 25 to 40 kg
- Coat length: Short, long and wirehaired
- Amount of shedding: High
- Color: Brindle in all shades of gold (from light sand to chestnut red) and silver
- Pattern: Brindles
The Dutch Shepherd is devoted to his family and is dependable, alert, bright, and intuitive. These dogs’ commitment to their owners, as well as their attentiveness, making them excellent watchdogs and guard dogs. The Dutch Shepherd will guard what is his and alert you if there is an intruder (especially if your pup is specially trained to behave like this).
While they are excellent guard dogs (as well as working dogs in a number of jobs), these shepherds also make excellent family companions. This dog is affectionate, cheerful, and obedient (if trained, of course). That is a fantastic mix in any dog, and they will brighten up any home. When they’re done exploring for the day, your Dutch Shepherd will happily curl up beneath your feet or request ear scratches and cuddles.
If you have older children, they will enjoy playing with their new pet. The Dutch Shepherd will like being their playmate as long as they are large enough not to be knocked over and are polite of other dogs. This is a dog who will form lifelong bonds with his family, and you will immediately feel the same way about him!
- Lifespan: 11 to 14 years
- Active: High
- Intelligence: High
- Vocalize: Medium
Responsible breeders have strived to maintain the highest quality breed standards as set by kennel clubs such as AKC. Dogs bred according to these standards tend to inherit genetic diseases. Among the diseases that need to be considered include:
- Gonio dysplasia: This relates to a restricted flow of fluid from the eye. In severe cases, it can lead to blindness.
- Hip dysplasia is a disorder in which the hip sockets do not form properly
- Inflammatory Myopathy: It is progressive and involves the rapid degeneration of muscles. There is no cure, but it is possible to health screen parents to avoid puppies developing the condition.
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