Schapendoes

Breed Group: Foundation Stock Service
Overview
Also referred to as the Dutch Sheepdog, this herding breed that was once endangered, has now steadily gained popularity in their homeland of the Netherlands as well as parts of Europe. Schapendoes remain an extremely rare breed in North America.

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Character
The Schapendoes has a light build which enables this breed to be very agile. They are extremely alert, brave, intelligent, and are remarkable jumpers. This hard-working breed is able to withstand any type of weather. Schapendoes have only recently become recognized as a household pet.

Does your Schapendoes 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 Schapendoes breed is very loyal, devoted, clever, and tireless. The Schapendoes possesses endurance and strength. They do well with considerate children and other pets they have been raised with. They will become vocal when they perceive trouble or danger and make good watchdogs. They are free-thinking, independent, and lively.
Care
The Schapendoes requires daily brushing of the coat. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary using a mild shampoo to preserve the integrity of the coat. Daily cleansing of the face is recommended. The ears and paw pads should be checked often for debris. Due to careful and selective breeding, the Schapendoes has no health issues.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
The Schapendoes has a self-cleaning double coat. The outer coat is wavy, long, harsh, and dense. The undercoat is thick and soft. This breed sheds little to no hair.
Training
Obedience and socialization are absolutely crucial. Schapendoes do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with respect, praise, firmness, 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 Schapendoes 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 Schapendoes is not recommended for apartment or city living. They are a high energy breed that require an inordinate amount of exercise. Schapendoes do best in a rural setting and thrive on family interaction and being given a job to do. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
Male: 33; Female: 33 lbs
Height
Male: 17-19.5; Female: 16-18 inches
Color(s)
Blue gray to black is preferred; variety of other colors and patterns

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Schapendoes Questions

Does the Schapendoes have fur or hair?

Answer:
The Schapendoes dog has long, thick fur.

Are Schapendoes extremely active? Would a 1-1/2 hour daily walk up and down hills in a state park suffice along with a fenced-in backyard of approximately 3/4 acre? Or is more exercise necessary in order to live "orderly" with this breed?

Answer:
Although Schapendoes are a herding breed and do enjoy having something to do, what you describe should be more than enough to keep the dog happy. I usually suggest at least 1 hour of energetic activity - ie playing ball, playing with other dogs, hiking; especially for younger dogs. These dogs tend to be active when you are but quite happy to hang out and be coach potatoes when things are quiet.

Answer:
I had a Schapendoes and she just loved chasing and retrieving a ball,. It was a great way to exercise her.

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