Dutch Shepherd – Dog breeds

Group: Pastoral

Weight: 65-67 pounds

Height: 22-25 inches

General description

The Dutch Shepherd is originally from the Netherlands, where it was bred during the 1800s to be an all-purpose dog. These dogs used to be very skilled car shooters, herding dogs, police dogs, and guard dogs. The Dutch Shepherd Dog is quite rare in North America and is also limited in its local country, the Netherlands. This breed is highly admired for its quick reflexes and abilities.


The Dutch Shepherd is one of the most competent shepherd dogs out there and does very well in jobs such as trapping, obedience competitions, guard work, herding, and field tracking. This breed is very fond of its territory and a very enthusiastic worker. These dogs are warm, happy, lucid, and very loyal to their families. Being friendly, affectionate, in a good mood and very energetic, these dogs are generally very happy and intelligent. The Dutch Shepherd can be a good friend to children if they are given some time to be alone. These dogs will greet friends and family enthusiastically, but will be hostile towards unwanted visitors. This breed gets along well with other animals, but it also enjoys the company of its own kind. Owners will find these dogs to be intelligent, easy to train in obedience training, and highly interested in learning. The Dutch Shepherd is an excellent watchdog and watchdog and is always on the alert.


Both long-haired and short-haired Dutch Shepherd dogs require very high maintenance when it comes to grooming. They should be brushed frequently to remove loose, dead hairs. Short hair coats should be professionally trimmed twice a year. He recommended removing excess hair from the ears. The wire-haired variety should never be brushed, but can be combed from time to time. This breed has an all-weather coat that should be bathed only when really necessary, otherwise the natural oils from the skin will be removed.


The Dutch Shepherd will need a dominant trainer but at the same time he is also a very fast learner. It is important that your training sessions are varied; otherwise they will lose interest quickly. They do very well in obedience, police work, military work, and surveillance. The Dutch Shepherd’s training environment must be firm, fair and consistent.

Health problems

There are no recorded health problems for the Dutch Shepherd and they will typically live 12 to 14 years.

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