Dog Breed Group: Pastoral (Herding Dog)
Life Span: 11-14 years
Weight: Male: 20-35, Female: 19-34
Height: Male: 22-25, Female: 21-24
Origin of Name: The Dutch Shepherd is a herding dog of Dutch origin.
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Dutch Shepherd is a natural land-breed originating in the Netherlands. Long ago, shepherds and farmers needed a versatile dog, a ""jack-of-all-trades"", well adapted to the rigorous and sparse existence of the time. In addition to his role as a shepherd's dog, at the farm he kept the chickens away from the kitchen garden, kept the cows together for weaning, and pulled milk-laden carts or drove them to the market. He also saw the children and warned the farmer that if strangers entered the farm.
First breed standard dates from June 12, 1898. In this original standard, any coat color was allowed, but by 1914, it was decided that the Dutch Shepherd should only be brittle so as to distinguish it from other similar breeds of the time, the German Shepherd and the Belgian Shepherd. . Around 1900, sheep herds in the Netherlands, and shepherd dogs that herd them, were mostly replaced by industrialization and restoration of land for other purposes. The versatile skills of the Dutch Shepherd made it suitable for new careers such as police dog, search and rescue, and guide dog for the blind. The breed has retained its original herring ability, and is still used for this purpose.