Originating in the Netherlands, the Dutch Shepherd is a medium-size herding dog utilized by Dutch shepherds and farmers. The first breed standard was written in 1898 allowing any color, but in 1914 it was changed to allow only brindle.
Weight: Male: 65–67 lbs (30–30 kg) Female: 65–67 lbs (30–30 kg)
Height: Male: 22–24 inches (57–62 cm) Female: 22–24 inches (55–60 cm)
Coat: Three varieties: Short hair, long hair and rough hair. All have a woolly undercoat.
Color: Brindle, Silver Brindle, Gray Brindle, Gold Brindle.
Life span: 11–14 years
Temperament: Affectionate, Intelligent, Obedient, Reliable, Loyal, Athletic.
Health: Genetic susceptibility to allergies (atopy), masticatory myositis, pannus, cryptorchidism and inflammatory bowel disease.
• One of few breeds that have three different coat varieties.
• Nearly became extinct during WWll..
• In 1959, the Belgian Laekenois was used to expand the rough-haired variety.
ANKC: Group 5 (Working Dogs)
FCI: Group 1 Herding dogs, Section 1 Sheepdogs #223;