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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Male: 33; Female: 33 lbs
Male: 17-19.5; Female: 16-18 inches
Blue gray to black is preferred; variety of other colors and patterns