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Dutch Shepherd Dog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Dutch Shepherd Dog so you can get to know the breed more.

Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
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OriginNetherlands
Other Names
What other names does the Dutch Shepherd Dog have? The dog breed also known as...
Dutch Shepherd Dog, Hollandse Herder
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Dutch Shepherd Dog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club as a Miscellaneous breed.
FCI Group
Is Dutch Shepherd Dog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Dutch Shepherd Dog breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerica's Pet RegistryContinental Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleFoundation Stock ServiceNational Kennel ClubUnited Kennel ClubAmerican Canine Association, Inc.
Price
How much does the Dutch Shepherd Dog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Dutch Shepherd Dog price:
$1000-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Dutch Shepherd Dog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Dutch Shepherd Dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Dutch Shepherd Dog gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Dutch Shepherd Dog size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Dutch Shepherd Dog weigh? Dutch Shepherd Dog weight:
Male: 61-70 pounds (27-31 kg) Female: 52-61 pounds (23-27 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Dutch Shepherd Dog? Dutch Shepherd Dog average weight:
Male: 65.5 pounds (29 kg) Female: 56.5 pounds (25 kg)
Height
How tall is the Dutch Shepherd Dog? Dutch Shepherd Dog height:
Male: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (53-61 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Dutch Shepherd Dog average height:
Male: 23.5 inches (60 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Dutch Shepherd Dog have? What does this canine coat look like?
Wiry
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Dutch Shepherd Dog's coat?
Blue BrindleGoldenGreySilverYellowSalt & Pepper
Grooming
How to groom the Dutch Shepherd Dog and how often?
Easy to groom: The Dutch Shepherd Dog doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Dutch Shepherd Dog is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Dutch Shepherd Dog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Dutch Shepherd Dog? Dutch Shepherd Dog shedding level:
Dutch Shepherd Dogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Dutch Shepherd Dog have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AffectionateAlertLoyalObedientReliableTrainable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Dutch Shepherd Dog? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Dutch Shepherd Dog's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Dutch Shepherd Dog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Dutch Shepherd Dog is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Dutch Shepherd Dog sensitivity:
Dutch Shepherd Dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Dutch Shepherd Dog need? Dutch Shepherd Dog social needs:
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Dutch Shepherd Dog dogs bark a lot? Why does my Hollandse Herder bark?
Low to Average: The Dutch Shepherd Dog rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Dutch Shepherd Dog good as a watchdog?
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Dutch Shepherd Dog dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Dutch Shepherd Dog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Dutch Shepherd Dog can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Dutch Shepherd Dog will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Dutch Shepherd Dog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Dutch Shepherd Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Dutch Shepherd Dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Dutch Shepherd Dog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Dutch Shepherd Dog do?
Dutch Shepherd Dogs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Dutch Shepherd Dogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Dutch Shepherd Dog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Dutch Shepherd Dog roam?
Dutch Shepherd Dogs tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Dutch Shepherd Dog have high prey drive?
Dutch Shepherd Dogs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Dutch Shepherd Dog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Dutch Shepherd Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Dutch Shepherd Dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Dutch Shepherd Dog dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Dutch Shepherd Dog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Dutch Shepherd Dog and children:
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Dutch Shepherd Dog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Dutch Shepherd Dog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Dutch Shepherd Dog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Dutch Shepherd Dogs good office dogs? Do Dutch Shepherd Dogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Dutch Shepherd Dogs be office dogs?
No
Dutch Shepherd Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Dutch Shepherd Dog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Dutch Shepherd Dog temperament with senior people? Are Dutch Shepherd Dog dogs good for elderly owners?
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Dutch Shepherd Dog dogs get along with other pets? Are Dutch Shepherd Dog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Dutch Shepherd Dogs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Dutch Shepherd Dog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Dutch Shepherd Dog be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Dutch Shepherd Dog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Dutch Shepherd Dog be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Dutch Shepherd Dog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Dutch Shepherd Dog be a sniffer dog?
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Dutch Shepherd Dog breed is a good choice for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Dutch Shepherd Dog be a search and rescue dog?
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Dutch Shepherd Dog breed is a good choice for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Dutch Shepherd Dog be a boat dog?
Not really
Dutch Shepherd Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Dutch Shepherd Dog be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Dutch Shepherd Dog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Dutch Shepherd Dog dogs have health problems?
The Dutch Shepherd Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Life Expectancy
How long do Dutch Shepherd Dog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Dutch Shepherd Dog be?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Dutch Shepherd Dog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Dutch Shepherd Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Dutch Shepherd Dog have?
Dutch Shepherd Dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Dutch Shepherd Dog dogs require per day?
Dutch Shepherd Dogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Dutch Shepherd Dog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Dutch Shepherd Dog risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The Dutch Shepherd Dog has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Dutch Shepherd Dog's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Dutch Shepherd Dog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Dutch Shepherd Dog drool?
The Dutch Shepherd Dog is a perfect example for low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Dutch Shepherd Dog could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Dutch Shepherd Dog. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Dutch Shepherd Dog pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Dutch Shepherd Dog pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Dutch Shepherd Dog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Dutch Shepherd Dog have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Dutch Shepherd Dog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-10 puppies

Pros & Cons of Dutch Shepherd Dog

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Dutch Shepherd Dog's has great intelligence.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Dutch Shepherd Dog doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Dutch Shepherd Dog is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Watchdog Ability: Dutch Shepherd Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Dutch Shepherd Dogs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Dutch Shepherd Dogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Dutch Shepherd Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog: A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
  • Search and Rescue Dog (SAR): The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Dutch Shepherd Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Dutch Shepherd Dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Cat Friendly: Dutch Shepherd Dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Dutch Shepherd Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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