Dutch Shepherd – A Complete Guide To The Dutch Herding Dog

Dutch Shepherds are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. They have been used since ancient times and they were first registered as a breed in 1875. Today there are over 100 recognized varieties of the breed with many more being developed or under consideration. There are three main types: Standard, Working and Working-Working (or “show” type). All varieties share certain characteristics such as large size, long legs, short fur coat and strong working ability.

The standard variety is considered the best working dog. They are usually bred from purebred parents and their offspring are expected to perform well in obedience trials. These dogs are often used as police dogs, guard dogs, search and rescue dogs and even protection animals for elderly people. However, some owners prefer the show quality of these dogs which makes them popular among collectors and shows.

The working variety is generally smaller than the standard variety but still very muscular with longer legs than other varieties. They are often used for herding livestock and work in farms.

Dogs belonging to the working variety tend to be shorter than other varieties and may weigh less too. Some of them have a little bit of white hair while others do not. Their coats tend to be much softer than those of the standard variety, which is why they are called “working”. The working variety tends to bark less than other varieties and they may look more friendly when greeting visitors or strangers.

Dutch Shepherds are large and strong dogs and they usually live between 10 and 13 years. They tend to grow very quickly within the first two years of their lives and do not reach their adult size until around 3-4 years of age. During this time, it is important that dog owners make sure that their pet is fed a nutritious diet and is provided with all the nutrients, vitamins, minerals and other dietary elements that they need for healthy bone and muscle growth. Without this, the dog’s body may grow too quickly for its bones to support its weight.

Owners should also make sure that their pet does not over exert itself during this time as injuries may occur more easily.

The average litter size is around 5 puppies although this can vary widely. Dutch Shepherds are usually born with their eyes open and with a little bit of fur on their bodies. They are usually able to walk within the first week. They grow quickly and will usually reach their adult height by 3-4 months of age and their adult weight by 6 months.

By the time they are 1 year old, they will usually be fully grown to their adult size.

The Dutch Shepherd is a very intelligent dog breed who likes to work and has a strong instinct to herd. They can make good obedience dogs but may become bored if the same routines are repeated too often. This breed can sometimes be stubborn and dominant which should be taken into account when training. They also have a strong instinct to protect their families and make good guard dogs.

Dutch Shepherds are usually very healthy dogs but some inheritable health problems may occur in some individuals. This breed tends to suffer from hip dysplasia and gastric torsion (bloat). Make sure that you buy your pet from a reliable breeder to increase the chances of getting a healthy dog.

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