About the Dutch Shepherd
The Dutch Shepherd, or DS for short, is a lively and intelligent breed with an insatiable desire to work. Whether they are herding sheep, fighting crime, assisting the disabled, or just going for a long hike as a family pet, the DS can do it all! They are definitely not the breed for everyone, as they require a lot of physical and mental stimulation to keep them happy and healthy. If you can provide the activity they need and are looking for a loyal, hard-working, devoted and loving companion then the Dutch Shepherd might be the breed for you.
Dutch Shepherds are a medium-sized dog with males averaging 24-26 inches and females 23-25 inches at the shoulder. They range in weight from 50 to 80 lbs. The DS also comes in three coat types: short, long and wire. The long and wire haired varieties are very rare in America, so the majority of Dutch Shepherds that come through rescue are of the short haired persuasion. Dutch Shepherds are always brindle patterned. Colors range from a lighter golden shade to a darker, almost black appearance. They are a long-lived breed and can live to be 12-14 years old. They can be great with kids if properly socialized with them. The same goes for other dogs and cats.
Because they are so rare, the DS is often mistaken for other breeds. Some breeds they are commonly confused with are the German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, Greyhound, Pit Bull, and even coyote or wolf! So, when you have a Dutch Shepherd you have to get used to people asking you about your dog all the time. This isn't usually a problem since most people with Dutch Shepherds are so proud of their dogs that they could talk about them forever! The most important thing to remember about the DS is that they do require strong and consistent leadership from their owners or else they will overrun your house and family. Obedience training is a must as is regular activity. Dutch Shepherds excel at all kinds of canine sports such as agilty, flyball, protection sports and herding, so it should not be too hard to find something to keep your DS busy.