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Description: The Schapendoes, is a friendly, high-strung breed native to the Netherlands. They are large sized dogs with a lot of shaggy fur, but a demeanor that is quite welcoming. Schapendoes are intelligent, lively and courageous, and used to be known as a dog of commoners. For this reason, the Schapendoes was never over-bred, and retains almost no health problems. A Schapendoes is longer than it is tall, with medium length drop ears, a long tail, and long shaggy fur. They have a wide skull and short muzzle. They have large round eyes that are often covered in a brow of fur. The coat is slightly clumpy, thick and wavy. They have long feathering on the ears and tail as well. Schapendoes are brave, independent and can sometimes be stubborn. They make a playful and affectionate companion, however, and have been adored for their ruffled, unkempt look. They have served well as a sheepdog, and have been referred to as the Dutch Sheepdog, distinguished from the Dutch Shepherd. Schapendoes are cheerful as well as hardy, and make a great contribution to a rough-and-tumble type of family.
Other Names: Dutch Sheepdog, Dutch Schapendoes
Type: Herding Dog
Height: 16 - 20
Colors: All colors
are acceptable, but blue grey and black are preferred.
are lively, active, and fun-loving. They are very playful, and will play tirelessly
with children. They are friendly, cheerful and intelligent. Brave and courageous,
this breed has been kept as a sheepdog for a long while. They are gentle, can
be independent minded, and stubborn. They are affectionate with friends and
family, and not an aggressive breed. They make excellent watchdogs. They can
be a bit high-strung. They have a lot of energy and like to do a job. They have
strong herding instincts. They are good natured, easily trained and reliable.
Care and Training:
The fur can get rather matted when they are puppies, so frequent brushing should
occur. They have naturally shaggy and unkempt fur, but it does require brushing
to remove tangles and mats. The Schapendoes' ears should be checked regularly
for infection and/or to remove debris. They have rather shaggy ears which can
attract sticks and other debris. Nails and teeth should be checked periodically.
This breed is somewhat energetic, but gets most of its exercise from jumping,
running, playing or herding. They get much exercise if they have a job to do,
or a child to play with.
Health Issues: Hip dysplasia. This is a rather healthy breed.
Life Span: 14 years is average.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
FSS (Foundation Service Stock - not yet eligible for the AKC)
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