Dutch Shepherd



The Dutch Shepherd was bred in the 19th century in the Netherlands and was used by shepherds and farmers who needed a versatile dog. Dogs of this breed are good guards and very successful in military and police work. This is a very rare breed, not only outside the Netherlands; even in their homeland, the number of these dogs is significantly limited. Dutch Shepherds are highly prized for their unique abilities.

Height: 21-24 inches  Weight: 50-70 pounds  Lifespan: 13-15 years


A distinctive feature of the Dutch Shepherd is his variegated coat color. The Dutch Shepherd comes in five different colors: white, fawn, black and tan, grey and brindle. This is a strong, muscular, proportionally-built dog that has a balanced character. The Dutch Shepherd is extraordinarily intelligent and amazing in appearance. Comparable Breed: German Shepherd, Belgian Shepherd.


The Dutch Shepherd is affectionate, lively, obedient, reliable and faithful. As a rule, he chooses one person to be his owner. Nevertheless, this dog gets quite attached to the whole family. Dutch Shepherds are always ready to defend their family and territory, which makes them excellent watchdogs. Shepherds are alert, active and always ready to go. This breed gets along well with children, provided that they know how to behave around such a powerful breed. The Dutch Shepherd quickly finds a common language with other dogs and other pets as well. Do not leave the Shepherd alone for long, otherwise the dog may act destructively.

Coat / Care:

There are three varieties of this breed: haired, long-haired and short-haired. In the Wire subspecies wool rough, medium-length, long-haired – straight, smooth and long. Dutch Shepherd Shorthair dressed in a short, soft and dense coat. Short-haired and long-haired Dutch Shepherds require regular cleaning in order to remove the excess hair. Wirehaired subspecies need professional trimming twice a year. Bathe your dog only in the case of urgent need. Because of the extreme rarity of the breed, there is no exact data of specific diseases.


The Dutch Shepherd requires an active and dominant owner. Dogs of this breed show great ability to learn, so the variety of activities is crucial in order to keep them interested. Dutch Shepherds are particularly talented in disciplines such as obedience, police work, military service and protection. Education should be based on firmness, fairness and consistency.


The Dutch Shepherd is unsuitable for people who lead a sedentary lifestyle, neither is he suited for living a city apartment. Hence, the best environment is house in the countryside with a well fenced, spacious yard. Encourage your pet to compete in agility, herding, obedience trials, or in field work. Dutch Shepherds are excellent companions for long walks and jogging but cannot be trusted without a leash.

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