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Dutch Shepherd Information

BREED GROUP:  Pastoral and Stock Dog Breeds

WEIGHT:  66 lbs.

HEIGHT:  23-25 1/2 in.

COLOR(S):  Silver or gold brindle, various shades of fawn, all with mask. Rough coat may have steel gray or salt-and-pepper coloring.

COAT:  Short-coat: Short, harsh, flat, weather-resistant outer coat. Long-coat: Long, straight, close, harsh, weather-resistant, close-lying outer coat. Rough-coat: Rough, dense, tousled, weather-resistant outer coat. All with dense woolly undercoat.

OTHER NAME(S):  DUTCH SHEPHERD DOG; HOLLANDSE HERDER; HOLLANDSE HERDERSHOND; HOLLAND SHEPHERD;

APPEARANCE:  Head: Broad, fairly long and wedge shaped. Eyes: Medium, almond shaped, and dark in color. Ears: Pricked and set high. Muzzle: Medium and tapering to a point. Nose: Black and self-colored according to coat. Bite: Scissor or level. Neck: Round and tapered. Topline: Level. Chest: Full and deep, with ribs slightly arched. Body: Back is short, straight and powerful, with loins semi-broad. Legs: Forelegs are strong and straight, with hind legs well muscled. Stifles are well bent, but hocks are only slightly bent. Feet: Compact, with arched toes. Tail: Long and carried low. Movement: Quick, yet well balanced movements. Temperament: Fearless, loyal, and willing to please. *The Dutch Shepherd comes in three varieties: the Longhaired, the Shorthaired, and the Roughhaired. The height, weight, and coat color are the same for all three varieties-the only difference being the type of coat (medium long and wiry for the Roughhaired).