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.
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From its origination, the German Shepherd has been widely considered to be one of the most intelligent and versatile breeds. One of the more popular breeds in the United States today, German Shepherds are clever, hard-working dogs, and are the breed most often used by the police and military because of their ability to learn quickly and their incredible bravery. These good-natured, devoted dogs make excellent pets for individuals and families, and tend to be protective of their family. German Shepherds do best with plenty of exercise and stimulation, and are happiest when given a job to do. Full grown, German Shepherds are fairly large. They have a dense coat and come in both long hair and short hair varieties.
Berger Picard (AKA Picardly Shepherd) is known to be the oldest French sheepdog. This medium-sized dog has a very intelligent personality and makes eye contact during communication. With this breed, you can expect a very easy training time, but sometimes they tend to be stubborn. They are very good with young kids and love to play goofy things around. They are very sensitive to the tones of voices, so even if you get impatient easily, you need to try to give commands kindly and cheerfully, and completely avoid yelling. With early socialization, they get along well with other animals. They also have the ability to make eye contact for a long time, which means they show interest during communication; however, it might be confusing for other people or dogs that can interpret it as a sign of aggression. This breed’s height is about 25 inches, and its weight is about 50 to 70 pounds.
A working dog through and through, the Belgian Malinois is energetic, intelligent, and very trainable. “Mals,” as they are sometimes known, excel at obedience, herding and tracking, and are often used for police and military work. Mals are very people-oriented, love to be with their owners, and do well with children, too. These proud, loving dogs tend to be protective of their families and make great watchdogs.