Dog Breed Group: Working Dog
Life Span: 12-14 years
Weight: Male: 9-25, Female: 7-23
Height: Male: 18-20, Female: 16-18
Origin of Name: The Schapendoes or Dutch Sheepdog, is a breed of dog originating in the Netherlands.
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In the late 19th century and early 20th, the Netherlands scapendo (Dutch Shapendo) occurred throughout the Netherlands where they were predominantly sheep-grazing dogs. The shepherds valued him for his work and tireless enjoyment in his intellect. The breed belongs to a wide group of long-haired herbivores, with densely-coated heads, and bearded coli, pulleys, Polish lowland sheepdogs, bobtail, bryard, bergamasco, and old German sheepdogs. In Hessen, Odenwald, and Netherrhin districts. All these identical dogs are small mutations of mountain dogs.
Canine Authority, P.M.C. Toepoel is the founder of Schapendoes. During World War II, the breed had almost disappeared, but he knew how to bring back people's interest in the sheep-rearing dog and any specimens of Shapendo from wherever they could be found. Were used for breeding.
The Breed Club for the Netherlands Scapendo was established in 1947 and in 1952, the breed was temporarily recognized by Rad van Beheer. In 1954, the standard was established and a stud book was introduced. Definitive validation was followed in 1971. Since then, only registered dogs have been reared.