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Dutch Shepherd Dog

The Dutch Shepherd Dog, also known as the Hollandse Herder, is a versatile working breed of Dutch origin. The breed was created due to a demand for a “jack-of-all-trades” with few demands which could work with shepherds and farmers. The breed is often used in Europe as well as the U.S. as a police or search and rescue dog. The breed is smaller than a German Shepherd, and is equally as courageous, making it optimal for that type of work.

The Dutch Shepherd Dog is a medium-sized breed which is well proportioned. It stands 21 to 25 inches high and weighs 50 to 60 pounds. The breed is slightly longer than it is tall. The Dutch Shepherd Dog can be rough haired, short haired or long haired, the short haired being the most common. The short haired Dutch Shepherd has a hard coat with a ruff and a feathered tail. It is typically brindle on a brown or gray base, all over its body, with a black mask. The rough haired Dutch Shepherd has a thick, harsh coat with a dense undercoat. It has rough eyebrows and a thick tail. It is generally blue gray and salt and pepper, or a gold brindle, which is less pronounced than in the short and long coat. The long haired variety has a straight, long coat over most of its body, with short hair on its head, ears, feet and hind legs. Its color is similar to the short coat ““ brindle on a gray or brown base.

The breed is extremely affectionate and reliable. It loves its owner and desires to work very hard to please him. The breed is also obedient and can be easily trained. The breed almost always wants to work, and without activity the Dutch Shepherd Dog can become destructive and unhappy. The breed excels at dog sports.

The Dutch Shepherd Dog is fairly low maintenance, except during shedding periods. The only type which needs to be groomed weekly year-round is the long haired dog. Over-bathing should be prevented; the skin of the Dutch Shepherd Dog will dry out with excessive bathing.

The breed is also generally healthy. The Dutch Shepherd Dog usually lives for 12 to 14 years on average.

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