The Dutch Shepherd
The Dutch Shepherd comes in three varieties, the short-, lang in ruwhaar. It is a medium-, means heavy dog; the males are 57-62 cm en de teven 55-60 cm high. The weight of the dog is ca. 28 kg and of a bitch ca. 23 kg. The colors range from silver- to gold brindle and the wire-haired is blue-gray and pepper-and-salt allowed.
It is an old landrace, of Dutch origin. In earlier centuries had been in the country, the shepherds and farmers, a versatile dog needs. A jack of all trades, which was put few demands and adapted to the harsh and sparse existence of the time.
From which generations Eventually, the Dutch Shepherd, as we know today. This background explains the origins of the character traits, which are pretty much the same to this day remains.
No fashion dog
A not so well-known dog and he's never really been. Many proud owner who walks down the street with his puppy will have to tell a passer what race he is on a leash. Especially if it is a long-haired young children may innocently ask:”Is that a wolf or hyena?” A known cynologue wrote in 1910 on the Dutch Shepherd:”…the most in appearance the wolf coming near”. This of course is not true at all, but there is another aspect which shows that the Dutchman certainly has traits from its wild ancestor.
The standard says about the character, among others: devoted, obediently, docile, watchful, ready, very loyal and trustworthy. We also get into the general description the term with intelligent expression and lively temperament against.
And this intelligence should not be underestimated. Wolves live in packs with a pack leader. The other animals in the group have their own place, the so-called rank order. Our Hollander also has a strong sense of leadership and hierarchy. It is not a dog for everyone.
He needs clear leadership. Lacking that guidance, he will stand ready to intervene in legs. Is him to blame? Not really.
Here the properties forward again he needed at the earlier work. There is a story of a Dutchman who independently a herd, by the farmer newly bought, lambs brought back home. You as the dog does something in your march!
Due to its characteristics it needs a consistent education, in particular also in order to be able to develop these properties in the correct direction. It is not necessary firm action. He is very sensitive and prone to moods voice in house. An angry “nee” of “tush” will impress more than a pull on a choke chain. In all parts of our country are Kynologen Clubs where obedience courses can be followed or other dog, like behavior & Obedience, agility, fly-ball, e.d. The . Hollander. learns quickly and can thus exhibit relatively rapid signs of boredom. Ensure therefore variation in the exercises. The dog requires an environment in which what is the experience, without which he will not alert, cheerful and active. Long walks, off the bike, with the boss in the car, he will appreciate everything and develop into a fine dog.