Dutch Shepherd

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Dutch Shepherd History

The Dutch Sheepdog is a breed of herding and guard dog from the Netherlands. It originates from the now-extinct Schipperke and the Dutch Dogger. It is one of three breeds which are classified in the Nederlandse Herderhonden (Dutch Herding Dogs).

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Dutch Shepherd Physical Characteristics

The Dutch Shepherd is a medium-sized, large-sized, or giant-sized mixed-breed or designer breed that is typically between 18 and 23 inches tall at the withers and between 60 and 85 pounds. They have a large, strong build and a coarse, wiry, or soft, short coat that is tan, white, or tricolor. They have a medium-length, wedge-shaped head and their face is moderately curved. They have wide-set eyes that are dark brown in color. They have a strong muzzle and a long tail that curls over the back. They are alert, intelligent, and powerful.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 22 – 24 inches

Female Height Range: 22 – 24 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 65 – 70 lbs

Female Weight Range: 60 – 70 lbs

Dutch Shepherd Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Dutch Shepherd Health Concerns

Hip Dysplasia, Sensitive to Anesthesia, Goniodysplasia

Dutch Shepherd Temperament and Behaviour

The Dutch Shepherd is a medium-sized, muscular, athletic and high-energy working dog. They are smart, and respond well to training and discipline. They are protective and loyal of their family and can be territorial of their territory, but are not aggressive by nature.

Dutch Shepherd Activity Requirements

The Dutch Shepherd is a large, strong, and athletic herding dog. They are intelligent and incredibly loyal, making them great companions for experienced dog owners. Like with all large, high-energy breeds, the Dutch Shepherd requires regular exercise and training. The most suitable home environment for a Dutch Shepherd is one where there is plenty of space. An apartment or townhome is not ideal, as they can become destructive when bored. A house with a fenced-in yard is ideal, as they need space to play and exercise. As with any large, high-energy dog, it is best to work with a professional trainer or behaviorist when training a Dutch Shepherd. They are highly intelligent, but they can also be stubborn and willful.

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Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Dutch Shepherd is part of the Miscellaneous Class group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Dutch Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Dutch Shepherd is part of the Working group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Dutch Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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