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Dutch Shepherd: Origin, Personality, Training
Also Known As: Hollandse Herdershond,
Hollandse Herder and Holland Shepherd.
About Dutch Shepherd
Country of Origin, History of the breed
Dutch Shepherds and Belgian
Shepherds share a common ancestry in the German
Shepherds. However, unlike the Belgian Shepherd
the Dutch Shepherd has not been able to attract
a huge fan following. This breed had been
developed in the Netherlands for use as a
herding dog. Its ability to function as a
herder and its quick reflexes had made the
Dutch Shepherd popular. This had been utilized
as an all-purpose farm guard, herder, cart-puller,
guard, police and security dog.
The dog had evolved in early 1800s in the
Southern parts of the Netherlands (the province
of Belgium and neighboring Belgium, then part
of Netherlands, in particular). Division by
coat texture of dogs started with the beginning
of dog shows some 100 years ago.
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Description of the Breed
The dog’s body is muscular
and symmetrical. It has a long muzzle and strong
and rectangular teeth. The eyes of the dog are dark.
They are also slightly slanting. The dog has relatively
small ears. These remain stiffly erect.
The chest and belly are deep. They
are not too drawn up. The feet of the dog are relatively
small. They do not have dewclaws. The dog’s
toes are well arched and its nails and pads are
black. In between the toes protective hairs are
present. The dog’s tail is slightly curved.
There are three varieties of Dutch
Shepherd dogs- the longhaired, shorthaired and wirehaired
varieties. While the longhaired dogs have long,
straight, flat and harsh hair, the shorthaired ones
have fine and dense hair. Again the wirehaired dogs
have wiry hairs of medium length.
The coat color range of the three
varieties, however, remains same for all- shades
of brindle, including gray, silver, yellow, red
or gold and blue. The shorthaired Dutch Shepherds
are the most common followed by the wirehaired dogs.
The longhaired Dutch Shepherds are very rare.
Height: The dogs
have heights of 22-25 inches.
Weight: Weights of Dutch Shepherd
dogs vary between 55 pounds and 67 pounds.
Temperament of the Dog
If performances at tasks like agility,
catch, obedience competitions, guard work, herding,
field trailing and companionship is the test then
the Dutch Shepherds do stand as the most competent
of all shepherd dogs. These dogs are very energetic
and remain attached to their territories and work
enthusiastically. They have been known to be obedient
and loyal dogs- friendly, loving and playful with
their owners and their family members. Again, they
have also been known to be pretty cunning and smart-
as and when the situation demands.
The Dutch Shepherds can be very
friendly with children of the home provided the
children do not disturb them when they are resting.
They have been known to get along very well with
other dogs of their breed, dogs of other breeds
and other pet animals of the home.
The Holland Shepherd is a wonderful
guard of the home. While it stops unwanted visitors
in their tracks it greets family members and friends
with warmth and enthusiasm.
It is easy to obedience train the
dog and make them learn up new commands and skills.
The shorthaired dogs are commonly utilized for defense
or police dog trials. The dog can well withstand
fatigue and bad weather. The all-weather coat that
they have offers considerable protection even when
temperatures fall down sharply.
Since Dutch Shepherds are working
dogs they need to be kept exercised both physically
and mentally at all times. A daily walk or jog is
a must together with other ‘running’
exercises, which the dog does to its heart’s
Dutch Shepherd dogs can be kept
in apartments provided they are sufficiently exercised.
They have an all-weather coat that ensures protection
even during cold climates.
The longhaired as well as the shorthaired
Dutch Shepherd dogs need regular grooming. The dead
and loose hairs are to be removed daily using a
comb and brush. In case of the wirehaired dogs the
coat ought to be plucked professionally twice a
The wirehaired dogs must never
be brushed though they may be combed in moderation
using a coarse comb. Excessive hair on the ears
should also be removed. The all-weather coat of
the dog need be bathed only when necessary as otherwise
the natural oils in the skin might get removed.
Just like other working dog breeds
the Dutch Shepherds too have few health problems.
They are strong, fit and healthy and do not have
any health problem specific to their breed.
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