Also known as: Dutch Sheep Dog, Dutch Schapendoes

Breed origin: The Netherlands (Holland)
Original purpose: Sheep herding dog.

AKC recognized: No
AKC group: Foundation Stock Service

Size: Weight: males up to 55 lbs; females 26 to 44 lbs
Size: Height: up to 20 inches
Color: Any color.

Life span: 12 to 16 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Schapendoes is cheerful, friendly, spirited, clever, brave, and affectionate. Good-natured, obedient and easy to train, they make good family dogs. They have a lot of energy and do best in a rural or suburban setting with enough space to run and with an active owner. They are agile and have a strong desire to please, and excel in many canine sports.

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? No

Intelligent? Yes

Easy to train? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Suitable canine sports/activities: obedience, herding, agility, flyball

Exercise requirement: Walk daily, plus play sessions and/or participation in a canine sport.

Grooming requirement: Brush or comb thoroughly once a week. Bathe only as needed. Daily brushing is required to prevent matting when the coat transitions from puppy fur to adult fur.

Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, cataracts.

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Schapendoes Club USA
Schapendoes Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page

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