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.
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Like their close relatives, the Belgian Shepherd and German Shepherd Dog, the Dutch Shepherd comes in long and short-haired varieties.
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.
Dutch Shepherds on Embark
Explore some Embark dogs that share Dutch Shepherd ancestry.