Thinking about purchasing an Schapendoes? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Schapendoes breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Schapendoes owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Schapendoes and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Schapendoes Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Schapendoes and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
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.
Schapendoes 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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