A Dutch shepherd with a brindle coat, a close cousin of Belgian Shepherd. Willing to cooperate, active, but slightly calmer than Belgian cousins. It requires a lot of movement and mental activity, works well as a service dog.
The Dutch Shepherd, like other shepherd dogs, has a strong sense of belonging to the herd. He is devoted to the whole family, but the most loyal to one person he chooses. He gets along well with children, if they are not too intrusive towards him. He also lives in harmony with pets.
Like his Belgian cousins, he reacts quickly to changes in the environment. It can bite a person who he thinks is a threat. Although active, the Dutch Shepherd is not as lively as the Belgian. He can live in the city – provided he is provided with movement and mental activities.
Like many of his cousins, the Dutch Shepherd was used for all kinds of work. He guarded and herd sheep and cattle guarded his master’s belongings, often worked in difficult conditions. As a result, he became a versatile and resistant working dog.
His vigilance and courage make him a good watchman. He will not let a stranger enter the area and will welcome friendly people.
Training and education
The Dutchman is suitable for various types of training. In many countries, it is used in police and defense sports, such as IPO and Ring. Will also work in agility or sports obedience.
Who is this race for?
The Dutch Shepherd requires an experienced guide, because as a guard dog, it can be quite hard and independent. The representatives of the long-haired variety have a slightly milder character, but these dogs tend to be shyer and require particularly careful socialization.
Dutch shepherd. Advantages and disadvantages
requires a lot of movement and mental activity
has a fairly strong character and needs an experienced guide
requires careful socialization
susceptible to training
suitable for dog sports
calmer than Belgian Shepherds
easy to care for
Dutch Shepherds are healthy, durable and resistant. Livestock should be examined for hip and elbow dysplasia and eye diseases.
The Dutch Shepherd has no particular nutritional requirements. It can be fed with ready-made food or food prepared by itself.
Care is not complicated – it is enough to brush the hair once in a while to remove dead hair.
Dutch shepherd. History
The Dutch Shepherd comes from the same line as the Belgian and German (many similarities with the Belgian in particular). Once all of these dogs were very similar, and the differences that exist today are due to different breeding selection.
In the past, each of these breeds had a larger range of colors than today. It can be assumed that these dogs were local varieties of one breed. Currently, the most striking difference is the color.
In the early twentieth century, most Dutch Shepherds were mostly white. In 1909 it was decided to eliminate them from breeding. The result was a narrowing of the genetic pool, so representatives of this breed were crossed with German and Belgian Shepherds.
Even in the 1930s, fawn individuals (similar to Belgian) were found. To this day many puppies are born with undesirable white markings.
Compared to the Belgian Shepherd, Dutch has a more elongated figure and is stronger – but not as strong as German. Like Belgians, Dutch Shepherds come in three varieties. Short-haired is the most popular, rough-haired – less known, and long-haired – very rare.
The breed is the most popular in its homeland, although recently it has gained supporters in other countries, especially in Scandinavia.
Dutch shepherd. Template
Dutch Shorthair Shepherd – Group I FCI, section 1, model number 223