(aka: Dutch Schapendoes, Nederlandse Schapendoes, Dutch Sheepdog)
The Schapendoes is a medium sized dog with long, thick fur on the body, legs, tail, and face. Small ears hang down, covered with long fur. The face has a moustache and beard. The coat is of any colour.
Height is up to 50 cm (19.7 in) at the withers and 1220 kg (2644 lb), up to 25 kg (55 lb) for males, in weight.
The breed standard describes the Schapendoes as friendly, high spirited, and affectionate. He is not a guard dog or aggressively protective, and if properly socialised while young, would most likely make a good family dog, as well as a good dog for active sports. Lively and intelligent dogs must receive regular training and outings.
At the end of the last and beginning of this century, the Nederlandse Schapendoes occurred throughout the Netherlands where they were primarily sheep herding dogs. The Schapendoes belong to a wide-ranging group of longhaired herding breeds which have densely coated heads.
The breed was founded by P.M.C. Toepoel, during WWI. The breed club for Nederlandse Schapendoes was founded in 1947, and provisionally recognized by the Management Council in 1952. The breed standard was established and the Studbook started in 1954. Definite recognition followed in the year 1971. Since then only registered dogs have been used for breeding.
The Schapendoes is ready and quick to learn but if you give them a chance they will play tricks on their owners. The owner therefore, needs to be consistent. vary skill training with play – particularly at an early stage, so the dog continues to enjoy the training.
Obedience and socialization are absolutely crucial. Schapendoes do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with respect, praise, firmness, and consistency.
Due to careful and selective breeding, the Schapendoes has no health issues.