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
Weight: males up to 55 lbs;
females 26 to 44 lbs
Size: Height: up to 20 inches
12 to 16 years.
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.
Easy to train?
Suitable canine sports/activities:
obedience, herding, agility, flyball
Walk daily, plus play sessions and/or participation in a canine sport.
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