Dutch Shepherd

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Overview
The Dutch Shepherd breed originated during the 1800's in the Netherlands as an all-purpose dog. They were adept cart-pullers, herders, police dogs, and used for guarding. The Dutch Shepherd is considered to be very rare in North America, and is limited in their native Holland. They are highly prized for their quick reflexes and capabilities.

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Character
The most distinctive feature of the Dutch Shepherd is the brindled coat. This breed is powerful, muscular, well-proportioned, and of balanced build. Dutch Shepherd's possess an expression of intelligence.

Does your Dutch Shepherd bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
The Dutch Shepherd is affectionate, lively, obedient, reliable, and faithful. They typically bond closely to one family member, although they are loving to their entire family. The Dutch Shepherd breed is protective and attached to their family, home, and territory and make excellent guard dogs. They are alert, active, and enthusiastic workers. They do best in a home with considerate children. Dutch Shepherd's do well with other dogs and other household pets. This breed will become destructive if bored or lonely.
Care
The short-haired and long-haired varieties of coat require regular brushing to remove dead and loose hair. The wire-haired coat must be professionally plucked twice a year. Bathing should only be done wehn absolutely necessary. Due to the rarity of the Dutch Shepherd breed there are no known health issues.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
The Dutch Shepherd comes in three different varieties: Wire, Long, and Short. The Wire-Haired is coarse and of medium length. The Long-Haired is harsh, straight, flat, and long. The Short-Haired is dense, short in length, and of fine texture. All three coat types are weather-resistant.
Training
The Dutch Shepherd requires a dominant handler. This breed learns quickly and training must be varied to keep them interested and occupied. They excel in obedience, police work, military work, and guarding. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, and consistency. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Dutch Shepherd puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
The Dutch Shepherd breed is not recommended for those with sedentary lifestyles. The Dutch Shepherd thrives on exercise, activity, and having a job to do. They are not recommended for apartment living and do best with a large securely fenced yard or rural setting. Physical and mental stimulation is absolutely crucial. They excel in agility, herding, obedience competition, and field trailing. Dutch Shepherd's also make excellent walking and jogging companions provided they are securely leashed. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
55-67 lbs
Height
22-25 inches
Color(s)
Varied shades of Brindle: blue, yellow, silver, gray, red, gold.

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Dutch Shepherd Questions

What do you think of the new AKC Dutch Shepherd standards vs the KNPV standards or the FCI standards?

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What is the price of a Dutch Shepherd?

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It depends on the age and the training the Dutch Shepherd has. Puppies can range from $800.00 to $2500.00 Trained adults can range from $2,500.00 to $30,000.00

Do Dutch Shepherd's get along with other dogs of different breeds?

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As long as the puppy is well socialized then the dog should get along perfectly fine with other dogs of any breed. However, the Dutch Shepherd has an extremely high prey drive, so supervision around small dogs is a must.

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Some of this will depend on the dog itself. Genetics do indeed play a huge role in how aggressive a dog is - toward people or other animals. You can socialize them if a dog has aggressive tendencies. There is always a chance they will behave accordingly. Some Dutch Shepherds come from very hard, aggressive working lines. Many of these will not do well in homes with other pets or small children. Just like any breed, some dogs get along easily with others. Some do not. You can't draw a generalization. If you're interested in adding a dog to your family, you would be wise to see how the dog interest with your other pets.

What would you recommend doing to break my 15 week old female Dutch Shepherds aggressiveness towards other dogs? She gets along fairly well with my other dog (female, also) but with my neighbors long haired shepherd(female) she tends to snap and gets somewhat aggressive. Any recommendations are welcome.

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You need to contact your breeder. The Dutch Shepherd is a protective breed, but should not be down-right aggressive. Find an adult dog that corrects puppies. Allow the dog to correct the puppy for being aggressive. If that does not work, then you need to find a positive reinforcement trainer in your area and start going to classes a.s.a.p before this gets out of hand.

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Some Dutch Shepherds from KNPV bloodlines can be very aggressive and confident. High aggression does not necessarily mean the dog is unstable or dangerous. Some lines are bred to be aggressive and aloof for police work, military and high-level sport. Sometimes, this aggression is inherited and in some situations is highly desirable. Changing the nature of your dog is difficult. It is important to assess whether the puppy is aggressive out of fear or just a very dominant female. A dominant female is going to be aggressive toward other dogs - particularly another female. You can learn to control it, but you will likely not eliminate this type of aggression.

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