Dutch Shepherd Dog
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Dutch Shepherd Dog
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History The Dutch Shepherd Dog bears many similarities to its cousin, the Belgian Shepherd. It is said, though, that the Dutch Shepherd Dog has more German Shepherd Dog blood than the Belgian Shepherd. Belgian Shepherds and Dutch Shepherds are even judged using the same standard, except for their colour. It's unusual that while Belgian Shepherds are quite popular in northern Europe and even in the United States, Dutch Shepherds are not well known outside the Netherlands.
Dutch Shepherds are also limited in number. There are only approximately 400 dogs of this breed registered each year. Although these dogs are almost unknown outside their homeland, they are prized for their quick reflexes and excellent herding ability. These dogs can also function as farm guards, guards, herders, and as police and security dogs.
Appearance Dutch Shepherd Dogs have a symmetrical and muscular body. They have a long muzzle and regular, strong teeth. They have slightly slanting eyes that are dark in colour and ears that stand erect on top of their head. The belly and chest of these dogs are deep, and their tail curves slightly. Dutch Shepherds have relatively small feet that have no dewclaws but with well-arched toes that have protective hair in between them. The coat of these dogs come in three varieties: wire-haired, short-haired, and long-haired. Those with a wire-haired coat have wiry and medium length hairs, while those that are short-haired have a fine, dense coat. Dutch Shepherd Dogs with a long-haired coat have flat, harsh, straight, and long hairs.
Colours The acceptable colours for the coat of these dogs include blue, gold brindle, yellow, silver, gray, and red.
Temperament These dogs excel in obedience, herding, guarding, agility, and field training. These dogs are competent and enthusiastic about their work. Aside from these, their cheerful and affectionate temperament make them great family pets. They love being with their family and will protect them and their territory by warding off intruders. These dogs are loyal and calm. Dutch Shepherds also get along well with canines and other animals.
Weight The height of these dogs is approximately 22 to 25 inches, while their weight ranges from 65 to 67 pounds.
Problems When it comes to their health, these dogs have no recorded genetic health problems. The ailments affecting these dogs are those common to other dog breeds as well.
Living Conditions These dogs can be kept inside apartments just as long as they get sufficient amounts of exercise. The coat of these dogs also protects them even from cold weather.
Requirements These dogs need both physical and mental exercise. It would be good for these dogs to go on long walks or jogs daily. It's also advisable for owners to do some drills with the dog to keep the mind of their pets stimulated. Dutch Shepherd Dogs also make great jogging companions.
Training Requirements Being highly intelligent dogs, Dutch Shepherds are fairly easy to train. They learn new commands quickly and excel at various tasks. Owners should train these dogs using firm and gentle methods. It's also important for these dogs to undergo proper socialization at an early age.
Life Expectancy The life span of Dutch Shepherd Dogs is approximately 12 to 14 years.
Grooming The coat of these dogs come in three varieties: long-haired, short-haired, and wire-haired. Both the short-haired and long-haired dogs need to be brushed and combed on a regular basis. Those with a wire-haired coat, on the other hand, need to be plucked professionally two times each year. Wire-haired dogs must never be brushed, although they can be combed using a coarse comb. Bathing these dogs should be done only when necessary.
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