The Dutch Shepherd origins trace back to the Netherlands where the breed was used for herding and farm work. During World War II, the breed nearly went extinct when dog breeding in the Netherlands came to a halt. Dutch Shepherds are once again growing in popularity. Hollandse Herders are an incredibly diverse breed. From water sports to scent detection to police work to being a family pet, these dogs legitimately can do it all.
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These very intelligent dogs are driven by mentally stimulating work. Dutch Shepherds tend to be independent and can have minds of their own, so it is important to train in obedience. Dutch Shepherds excel in many areas including obedience, dock jumping, IPO, agility, and more.
Due to Dutch breeding rules and the rareness of the breed, Dutch Shepherds are quite healthy. Their lifespan averages between 12 and 14 years. Normal height standards range from 21.5 inches to 25 inches and normal weight standards range from 42 to 75 lbs.
Dutch Sheperds are intelligent, eager to please, affectionate, and agreeable. They will do well with children and other pets, especially if they are socialized at an early age. They have excellent watchdog capabilities. Dutch Shepherds must be socialized and exercised properly.