Dutch Shepherd

Other names: Hollandse Herdershond, Dutch Shepherd

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The Dutch Shepherd has little touches of German Shepherd in him. He comes down, that helps. Its physical and psychological characteristics are similar. Dog of medium size, enduring, with a powerful and well-proportioned constitution, the Dutch Shepherd displays an expression full of intelligence and liveliness. Watchdog par excellence, the Dutch Shepherd is gentle, caring, faithful, loyal to his master and all of his family. He is sometimes a pot-de-glue. There are three varieties in this breed, depending on the type of coat: short, long and harsh.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Netherlands
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 20 kg to 30 kg From 55 cm to 60 cm
Male From 24 kg to 32 kg From 55 cm to 62 cm
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History of the breed

Close cousin of the Belgian Shepherd, the Dutch Shepherd was the delight of Dutch shepherds who found there a first choice working partner. The Dutch Shepherd quickly established himself as a versatile working dog: he was able to lead herds, protect them, watch backyard animals, pull carts and stand guard. It is said to be the result of a cross between the German Shepherd and Dutch Shepherd dogs .

From the beginning of the 20th century, he gradually converted into a companion and guard dog thanks to his many qualities. The Dutch Shepherd Dog is also employed by certain police or army brigades . It remains relatively little known outside the Netherlands, in comparison with the Belgian Shepherd and the German Shepherd, for example. The first breed standard dates from June 12, 1898. The one currently in force was established on July 28, 2009.

Dutch Shepherd Pictures

Photo of mason, Dutch ShepherdPhoto of Demon de van Jelly, Dutch ShepherdPhoto of Max, Dutch ShepherdPhoto of Doerak, Dutch ShepherdPhoto of Nikita des Hauts de France, Dutch ShepherdPhoto of Apollon, Dutch Shepherd

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Physical features

Its coat: In the short-haired variety, the coat is very hard, tight, with a woolly undercoat. In the long-haired one, it is straight, lying and rough to the touch, with a woolly undercoat. In the wire-haired variety, the coat is very thick and tousled, with a woolly undercoat except on the head.
Its color: brindle, on a golden background color (light sand to chestnut red) or silver. The brindle also extends to the ruff, panties and tail.
His head: proportioned to the body, long, dry and without wrinkles. The skull is flat and the stop is light, but present.
His ears: medium in size, carried very high and erect when the dog is in action or awake.
His eyes: medium in size, almond shaped, slightly oblique and dark in color.
His body: solid and of harmonious construction. The back is straight and robust, the croup is slightly swallowed, but not short, the chest is deep and the ribs slightly arched.
Its tail: hangs straight or bends slightly at rest, reaching the point of the hock. Raised in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Dutch Shepherd is an intelligent, hardworking, extremely loyal, totally reliable, vigilant and very attentive dog. In short, he is the shepherd dog par excellence, which also gets along wonderfully with his fellow creatures who are also destined to guard and guide the flocks. The Dutch Shepherd is also a very good companion and guard dog who has a strong sense of territory.

It is obviously protective , and particularly enduring . He descends straight from the German Shepherd who has the same qualities: courageous, dynamic, lively . Like the latter, the Dutch Shepherd Dog is the perfect playmate for children, which he will take care to watch out for in all situations. He will thus be considerate and attentive to their slightest deed or gesture. He is autonomous and not independent, and knows how to take initiatives .

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Active and intelligent, the Dutch Shepherd must be educated in a fair way, without excess . It should not be spoiled or punished. He also needs to be socialized like any breed, even if he is naturally close to other dogs and animals in general . Thanks to the game thanks to which good deeds will be associated with positive things, the Dutch Shepherd puppy will quickly learn the rules to follow and the limits not to be exceeded.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

If he is called to live in an apartment, the Dutch Shepherd must be walked for a long time, because he is more suited to live in outdoor spaces . Due to his past as a sheepdog, he needs a lot of freedom of movement. A house with a garden would therefore suit him perfectly. The ideal living environment for this dog is the countryside. He will not leave his master for the world and could even find himself glue at times. So there is no need to leave him outside for a whole day. He will like the comfort of the interior, as long as his master is nearby.


Ease of gaining weight

The Dutch Shepherd is a rather robust dog. He does not present any particular health problem , apart from, of course, a risk of hip dysplasia for various breeds of medium and large sizes. His diet should be watched, because this dog should especially not be bulky.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 2 and 9 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Dutch Shepherd is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The short-haired or wire-haired Dutch Shepherd does not require a lot of maintenance . The long-haired variety, on the other hand, needs to be groomed more often, especially during molts.

It is recommended to brush the dog at a regular rate , especially in the long-haired variety which must be brushed daily. Grooming is not necessary if properly maintained.

Price and budget

Purchase price

Max € 500
1000 €

The purchase price of a Dutch Shepherd is between 500 € and 1000 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 1300
1400 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Dutch Shepherd is between 1300 € and 1400 €.

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The Dutch Shepherd is ideal in terms of food. He doesn’t eat too much and doesn’t want to be picky. Thus, his diet must be balanced and healthy to avoid any overweight to which he is subject. A diet based on high quality croquettes . It can be added a little meat , which he loves.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Dutch Shepherd must be able to walk daily . He needs to run, jump and stay active , hence the need to offer him various games during outings. Crossing obstacles and fetching balls allow him to exploit all his liveliness and express his potential.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)

Recognized by FCI

Since 1955


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