Lively, athletic and alert, the Dutch Shepherd is an independent herding breed with the energy and stamina to work and play all day long. Unlike many breeds, the Dutch Shepherd was not developed by breeders, but discovered naturally in rural areas of Northern Europe.
This rare breed is shown in both longhaired and short haired varieties, both of which preserve the wild visage of their wolf ancestors. Long Haired Dutch Shepherds require weekly grooming. Short Haired Dutch Shepherds only need occasional brushing but may need more depending on their outdoor activity level.
These highly-trainable, and incredibly versatile working dogs are at their best when they have a job to do. The Dutch Shepherd has the energy and stamina to keep up with even the most active families. They’re great with kids but are likely see smaller pets like cats and rodents as prey.
Dutch Shepherds are loyal, affectionate, and obedient. They are also confident, head-strong and independent - they need an owner that will take the time to train them and unlock their massive potential.