Dutch Shepherd Breed History
Dutch Shepherds evolved in the early 1800s in the southern part of the Netherlands, and in Belgium, which was then part of the Netherlands. According to Dog Breed Info, it's no surprise that their origins lie in the same gene pool of herding dogs that also created the German Shepherd. The Dutch Shepherds and the Belgian Shepherds are both judged by the same standard requirements, except for color.
This breed has been used for security and police work, as well as guide dogs and agility dog. The Dutch Shepherd hasn't gained a lot of popularity yet in the U.S.
Are they an appropriate family dog?
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This breed is reliable with family members but does have a wariness of strangers. (Don't all dogs?!)
The real question is about this breed's energy and activity level. If they're known as working dogs and used as guard dogs, then can they live peacefully with a family? The American Kennel Club (AKC) talks about the trainability of this dog. They'll need mental stimulation and need to be walked or jogged with daily.
They'd benefit from attending obedience training and enjoy dog sports like agility. Many shepherd breeds are known as great family pets or even farm dogs as long as they get a lot of exercises.
Three varieties of Dutch Shepherds
There are three varieties and all beautiful. There is a long-haired, short-haired, and rough-haired.
What about height and weight? Here are some averages:
- Height: 22-24 inches
- Weight: 66-68 pounds
- Life span: 12- 14 years (very typical of all shepherds)
What do they look like? What about coat types?
- Although the three coat types vary, the color possibilities remain the same for each
- The various brindles come in all shades of gold and silver and brindle with dark stripes
- Blue brindle is also listed under the rough-haired variety.
- The short hair is most common in Holland, while the long hair is less common and the wire-haired variety is the least popular
Which variety do you like? The Silver brindle? The long-haired Dutch Shepherd? Contact a Dutch Shepherd rescue or regional breed club if you have questions about breeds. They can answer questions about Dutch Shepherd puppies. This purebred may not be as popular as the Belgian Malinois but they're beautiful!
Have you met a Dutch Shepherd? Please leave us a comment below!