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Dutch Shepherd

Dutch Shepherd by Carole Field
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.

Though somewhat similar in appearance, the Dutch Shepherd is distinguished from the Belgian Shepherd and German Shepherd by the breed standard, primarily of the head.

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.

Special Interest:

• 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.

Classifications:
AKC: Miscellaneous
ANKC: Group 5 (Working Dogs)
NZKC: Working
UKC: Herding
FCI: Group 1 Herding dogs, Section 1 Sheepdogs #223;
Short-haired 223a;
Long-haired 223b;
Rough-haired 223c

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