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Dutch Shepherd

Dutch Shepherd

The Dutch Shepherd is a herding dog of Dutch origin. They were used by shepherds and farmers who needed a versatile dog, with few demands, and a dog that was able to adapt to a harsh and meager existence.

Illustration courtesy of the Swedish Kennel Club

Quick Facts


Male: 22-24in

Female: 22-24in


Male: 65-67lb

Female: 65-67lb

Fun Fact

Like their close relatives, the Belgian Shepherd and German Shepherd Dog, the Dutch Shepherd comes in long and short-haired varieties.

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About this Breed

The Dutch Shepherd is a herding breed from the Netherlands. These dogs were used by shepherds for centuries, but the first Dutch Shepherd breed standard was written in 1898. Originally the breed standard allowed for any color, but in order to better distinguish the breed from the closely related German Shepherd Dog and Belgian Shepherd, the standard was changed in 1914 to only allow for brindle coloring. Their wedge-shaped heads are also an emphasized trait.

Dutch Shepherds are intelligent, active, and watchful dogs. They thrive on learning new things, and are known for their versatility. They can excel in obedience, agility, search and rescue, protection, among many other dog sports. Additionally, the Dutch Shepherd is still sometimes utilized today for their original purpose— herding. Though the Dutch Shepherd is a rare breed that is mostly commonly seen in its native country, they can be found all over the world today.

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Favorite Names

For Male

  1. Loki
  2. Ranger
  3. Bear
  4. Diesel
  5. Duke
  6. Dexter
  7. Mako
  8. Lincoln
  9. Apollo
  10. Finn

For Female

  1. Luna
  2. Freya
  3. Bella
  4. Sasha
  5. Xena
  6. Harley
  7. Mila
  8. Molly
  9. Pepper
  10. Hera

Common Locations

  1. Florida, United States
  2. California, United States
  3. Texas, United States
  4. Netherlands
  5. Georgia, United States
  6. Tennessee, United States
  7. North Carolina, United States
  8. Virginia, United States
  9. New York, United States
  10. Washington, United States

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