Earlier the Dutch Shepherd was used by the farmers to protect crops from cattle and hens to say away from the kitchen garden of the farm. In mid-twentieth, its population decreased because of usage of advanced farming techniques and their breeding program was stopped. Currently, the numbers have improved and have gained recognition since in 1995 from UKC and in 2012 from AKC’s Foundation Stock Service.
|Facts About Dutch Shepherd Dog|
|Breed Type||Herding, Working, Sheepdog|
|Country of Origin||Netherlands|
|Other Names||Hollandse Herder, Dutchie, Hollandse Herdershond|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||ACR, ACA, AKC/FSS, CKC, APRI, FCI, UKC, NKC, DRA|
|Litter Size||6-10 puppies|
|Color||Brindle, golden or silver base, small amount of white may appear on the chest or toes|
|Life Expectancy||12-15 years|
Temperament and Personality
The Dutch Shepherd has the characteristics of reliability, watchfulness, and royalty. Since they are an active work dog, they work independently. Their faithful, willing and loving nature makes them an excellent family dog. It gets along with other pets while herding. When provoked, they attack and do not show any chances of shyness, fear or viciousness.
As the breed is a hard-working one, they require jogging, running or walking regularly. They are good at playing games like a fly ball, weight pulling, jumping, agility, disc dog and tracking.
It requires frequent brushing to remove dead hair. Pluck its rough fur with a stripped knife, but avoid brushing. Instead, use a coarse comb for occasional combing and bathe them only when necessary to prevent dirt accumulation.
The dog rarely suffers from health issues, but might suffer from genetic problems like hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, inflammatory bowel disease, cryptorchidism, myositis, and masticatory. Their rough hair can also be prone to goniodysplasia, an eye disease.
Train and socialize them initially with people and other pets. Make sure they are meeting with new ones and indulge in fun-filled activities. Their independent and aggressive nature can make teaching difficult. So teach them to be obedient, but with positive techniques.
Serve them with 2¾ to 4 cups of high-quality dry dog food split into at least two meals every day. Sometimes give them a mix of broth, dry, canned food, and water to balance its diet.