As the name suggests, the Dutch Shepherd is of Dutch origin, bred originally as a herding/all purpose farm dog. They come in strikingly beautiful variances of brindle and come in 3 hair coat varieties with the long hair being rare. The short hair is the most common and then not as common would be the wire haired. While prized in Holland this breed is not so well known outside of Holland although I did have the pleasure to come across one, hearing of the breed for the first time and fell in love instantly with it as my new favorite large dog breed.
They are the most intelligent and agile of all the Shepherd Breeds, even over the German Shepherd breeds. They are very energetic, agile and muscular with an average height of 25 inches and weight upwards around 70 pounds. The Dutch Shepherd out does the more common German Shepherd in all areas for agility training, obedience competitions, guard dog, herding, field trailing and catch.
They are suited to apartment life as long as they can get plenty of daily exercise and is a breed that loves to be worked and stimulating activities that work their intelligent and cunning minds. They do not like an atmosphere that leads to boredom and really thrive being given tasks and training exercises to do. They need to be worked mentally as well as physically and if this is not met out of frustration the animal will resort to getting into trouble. They are highly loyal and loving companions, while getting along well with other animals as they prefer company of their own kind.
The Dutch Shepherd is used mostly as a working dog especially in police work including search and rescue. The temperament and intelligence of this breed being so loyal, affectionate, smart, agile, ease of obedience and full of personality makes it more than suitable as a police dog. They are slightly smaller than a German Shepherd and yet have not been so extensively bred as the German Shepherd that over breeding leads to behavior and health issues within the breed.
While this breed may not be a suitable family household pet for many due to it’s high energy level it would make a wonderful household pet for the owner that can rise up and match the energy of this strikingly impressive animal. It would make a great companion for someone who enjoys and has time for jogging; agility training, or bike riding, having the ability to make sure this animal can get plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. While they may be energetic, they do have even-tempers and are very easy to train picking up new commands with ease approaching their work with huge enthusiasm. I see this amazing and beautiful breed gaining more popularity over the next few years here in the United States.