Get to know the Dutch Shepherd
All you need to know about the breed
With their powerful bodies, pointed ears and intelligent, quizzical expression, the Dutch Shepherd bears more than a passing resemblance to both the German Shepherd and the Belgian Shepherd. So, it’s perhaps no surprise to learn that all three share a common ancestry.
In the case of the Dutch Shepherd, which is distinguished by its beautiful brindle coat in shades of silver or gold, they first emerged in the Netherlands in the late 1800’s. There, they have traditionally been used as sheepdogs, being consummate herders. The Dutch Shepherd quickly adapted to a range of other tasks, too, from protecting the flock to guarding the farm. They also proved to be dependable companion animals.
Today, while unfortunately a relatively rare breed, the Dutch Shepherd is a delight all round. Regarded as a very healthy and robust dog, they are also adept at training – hence the many other working roles they now perform. Intelligent, affectionate and loyal, Dutch Shepherds form strong attachments to their human pack, too, and are good with kids, once trained. The fact they are hard to come by just makes them all the more special.
2 facts about Dutch Shepherds
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Dutch Shepherd