Dutch Shepherd Breed Information and Facts
The Dutch Shepherd breed is very closely related with the German Shepherd
and the Belgian Shepherd, distinguished mostly only by their differences in color, coat pattern and head shape. Athletic and loyal, it is a great pet for owners who keeps an active lifestyle. Fortunately, this pup is not as prone to hip problems as the German Shepherd. Let's profile this breed.
The Dutch Shepherd, as its name suggests, originated in the Netherlands. They were bred to herd and were popular among farmers and shepherds. Back then, the dogs main duty was usually herding sheep and cows. It was also used as a guard dog.
The Dutch Shepherd stands about 22 to 26 inches tall, and weighs about 65 to 68 pounds.
The Dutch Shepherd is a seasonal shedder. During fall and spring seasons, when the dog sheds the most, comb the coat daily. Otherwise, once a week is enough to maintain a beautiful coat. The short-haired version of the pup can be combed even less frequently and it will still look great. Two or three times a year, use your hand or a bristle brush to gently remove dead hair. Bathing should only be done when necessary, as frequent baths can cause the sensitive skin to dry and itch. Always use gentle shampoo designed specifically for dogs.
The Dutch Shepherd has a very high level of adaptability, which makes it a dependable working dog for areas that, for example, have harsh weather. It is a hardworking breed that is loyal, brave and tireless. Intelligent, intuitive and athletic, the breed is often used in the military or by the police as guard dogs. As it has a good sense of smell and intuition. The pup can even be used as a tracking dog on occassion. The Dutch Shepherd also makes a great companion, though, because it is affectionate and extremely loyal. Always faithful and obedient, the dog is also great with kids.
Like many other herding dogs, the Dutch Shepherd is known to be independent. As an owner, you should give your Dutch Shepherd enough space to express itself, but be a firm pack leader. The breed is not hard to control as it is obedient and eager to please despite the size. The Dutch Shepherd is not aggressive but is brave and protective. If someone tries to break into your house, the dog will let you know. Though not the most sociable breed, the Dutch Shepherd is dedicated to its pack and can be affectionate with the people who have gained its trust. It does, however, have a tendency to bond tightly with just one person in the family. This often makes it a great pet for a family with one child.
This dog is big, so training might seem a difficult proposition. It really is not. The Dutch Shepherd is both smart and fairly calm, so it is actually a very easy dog to train. The key is to use positive reinforcement and always maintain your dominance over the dog. Do these two things and this pup should be able to learn and follow pretty much any command. If you wish to impress friends, considering teaching the dog commands in German which police use with it.
Bred to be a working dog in the field, the Dutch Shepherd is meant to have an active lifestyle. You are doing a disservice to this pup if you leave them in the backyard or house. This dog needs to go on a long walk each day. Chasing thrown balls, frisbees and what have you is a favorite activity as well. If you really want to treat the pup well, a hike off the leash will be much appreciated.