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Physical Characteristics

Breed Group:

Herding group.

Weight:

Approximately 33 pounds or 15 kg.

Height:

Approximately 16-20 inches (40-50 cm).

Color(s):

While all colours are acceptable for this breed, the most preferred colouring is blue-grey to black.

Coat:

The Dutch Schapendoes has a long, thick coat that is slightly wavy. This breed also has an undercoat.


Overview

Character:

The Dutch Schapendoes is lively and tireless. Jolly and high-spirited, this breed is fun to have around and provides cheerful and affectionate companionship.

Country of Origin:

Netherlands.

History:

The Dutch Schapendoes has been quite common in the Netherlands for at least a hundred years and is still used for herding flocks of sheep, as it was in the past. Related to breeds such as the Bearded Collie, the Briard, and the Old English Sheepdog, the Dutch Schapendoes nearly disappeared during the Second World War but was successfully revived. A club for this breed was founded in 1947 and the Dutch Schapendoes was officially recognized by the FCI in 1989.

Name:

Additional names for this breed include Dutch Sheepdog and Dutch Sheep Poodle.

Temperament:

The Dutch Schapendoes is neither nervous nor aggressive. However, this breed has an independent and stubborn streak so an assertive handler is an absolute must.


Care

Training:

Due to its tendency towards stubbornness, the Dutch Schapendoes requires training from an assertive handler.

Activity:

These lively and jolly dogs require plenty of daily exercise.

Ownership:

The Dutch Schapendoes can live in the city as long as it receives considerable exercise each day so it can burn off its energy. However, the ideal location for this breed is quiet areas of the country. Dutch Schapendoes are kept primarily as herders, but can also be kept as companions. This breed requires brushing once or twice a week to maintain the health and appearance of the coat.


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