The Dutch Shepherd originated as a farm dog in the rural areas of Holland. It is a loyal, intelligent and active dog who is happy working independently or as a team with its owner. The Dutch Shepherd comes in three varieties: short-haired (most common), long-haired (less common), and wire-haired (rare), and is most commonly found with brindled gold or silver coloring. This breed excels at dog sports such as agility, obedience, and herding, and is an enthusiastic, devoted worker and companion.
German, Belgian and Dutch Shepherds were for a time only distinguished by their coat color, but the breeds have diverged more drastically in the last century.
The Dutch Shepherd originated in the Netherlands, likely in the 1800s.