Dutch Shepherd

Other names : Hollandse Herdershond, Berger Hollandais

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Life expectancy

The Dutch Shepherd has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 22 and 24 in
Male Between 22 and 24 in

Adult weight

Female Between 44 and 55 lb
Male Between 55 and 66 lb
Coat colour
Black Brown Red Sand
Type of coat
Short Long Hard
Eye colour

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More details about the Dutch Shepherd

Dutch Shepherd: Origins and history

This dog’s origins are rather vague, some refer to a cross between the German Shepherd and other Dutch shepherds while others speak of a descent from the Belgian Shepherds, to whom this dog resembles (including the three varieties of hair). Originally from the Netherlands, this shepherd dog was (and still is) the ideal partner for Dutch shepherds. Indeed, their versatility as herding and guard dogs make them very well-rounded working dogs. It is only since the 20th century that this dog has become part of the home as a lively and sporty companion dog. Their intelligence and docility even led them to join police and army brigade ranks.

FCI classification of the Dutch Shepherd

  • Group 1 - Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs)

  • Section 1 : Sheepdogs

Dutch Shepherd: Varieties

  • Dutch short-haired shepherd
  • Dutch long-haired shepherd
  • Dutch rough-haired shepherd

Training a Dutch Shepherd

Sheepdogs such as the Dutch Shepherd are often considered to be highly intelligent and docile, and this is indeed the case for this dog. However, their training requires discipline, consistency and coherence in order for them to reach their full potential.
It is not uncommon to see behavioural troubles amongst sheepdogs due to their owners simply not being aware of the work involved in training the highly obedient sheepdog we imagine.
In fact, the Dutch Shepherd will only be cooperative if their master's attitude is one of respect and consistency. If they perceive a fault, then they will no longer feel safe with their master, and as a result of this the relationship between dog and master will suffer greatly.

Dutch Shepherd: Purchase price

The price of a Dutch Shepherd varies according to their origins, age, variety and sex. We do not have enough information to set an average price for a Dutch Shepher.
Concerning the average budget to support a dog of this size, it is necessary to account for approximately £40/month.

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