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The nickname “man’s best friend” is believed to have originated in a Missouri courtroom in 1870. The term was coined in a speech by a farmer who was suing his neighbor for shooting his dog.
The reason dogs have so many friends is because they wag their tails instead of their tongues. – Unknown
The Dutch Shepherd is considered a rare breed as he is almost unknown outside his native Holland. This is due in part to the enormous popularity of his cousin, the German Shepherd. Nevertheless, he has been around a long time and can be found in old Dutch works of art dating back hundreds of years.
Originally a sheep herding dog, the Dutch Shepherd’s typical day began early, driving the sheep out to pasture and then bringing them back to the farm in the evening. He is an very independent dog and well able to accomplish this task alone.
Photos displayed courtesy of Jamie and Garnet Daniel, Dutch Shepherd Acres, Ontario
Similar in appearance to the German Shepherd, the Dutch Shepherd stands up to 25 inches at the shoulder and has three different coat types: long-haired, short-haired, and the wiry or rough-haired.
The weather-resistant coat is black with streaks of gold and grey (brindle) and may be grey, silver, red, yellow, or gold brindle. Grooming needs are minimal.
This shepherd is devoted to his owner and gets along well with children. He will happily follow a firm and fair leader who will ensure he knows his place. Please note that he is quite capable of taking on the alpha role if you do not!
Athough he is calm and relaxed indoors, he is also very territorial and therefore makes a super watch and guard dog. He is alert, watchful, lively, and a tireless athlete capable of running all day. An enthusiastic worker, the Dutch Shepherd excels at agility, obedience, field training, guard work, and herding as well as tracking and search and rescue.
As he is intelligent and eager to learn, you should begin training early. Because he has an independent soul, he does have a mind of his own. Training will take persistence! Since he is bred to work, he needs to be active to maintain his physical and mental well being.
He does best with a strong, confident, active owner who will take him jogging or hiking, or let him run beside a bicycle.