Breed Standard

F.C.I. CLASS: Group 1 Herding Group.
Section 1 Herdershonden, no work test is required.

Brief historical overview
The origin of the Dutch Shepherd is in the countryside. Netherlands was early in the history of a cultural landscape that has, among other things maintained using sheep herds. The dogs had to keep the sheep out of the crops, which they did by patrolling the herd road and the fields. They also accompanied the flocks on their way to the common meadows, markets and ports.
On the farm they kept the hens in the garden, the cows together for milking and pulled the milk cart. Once strange people came into the yard, the boss was warned.
Around 1900 the flocks had largely disappeared. The versatility of the Dutch Shepherd Dog made him suitable for the then novice dressage. So he began a new career as a police, tracking dog and guide dog. He is still
suitable for herding sheep. The original standard dates from 12 juni 1898.

General Appearance
A medium, medium duty, well-muscled dog of powerful and well-balanced structure.
A dog with lots of endurance, a lively temperament and an intelligent expression.
The hair, one distinguishes the following varieties: short, only- in ruwharig.

Important proportions
The body length (from sternum to ischium) is more than the height at withers, about 10 : 9, suitable for a trotter. The ratio of the length of the muzzle to the upper skull is 1:1.

Gedrag en temperament
Very faithful and reliable, vigilant, watchful, active, independent, with perseverance, intelligent, willing to be obedient and gifted with the true shepherding temperament. The Dutch Shepherd enjoys working with the boss and he performs a task that is assigned to him independently. He must be able to work in larger herds with multiple dogs.

Head
In good proportion to the body. From above and from the side wedge-shaped. The shape is rather elongated, without pleats, dry, flat cheeks and no pronounced cheekbones. Because of the coat seems the head of the rough-coated to have a more angular shape, this is an illusion.

Above Skull
Skull : Flat
Stop : Little, though clearly present.

Face
Voorsnuit : Slightly longer than the flat forehead. The nasal bridge straight and runs parallel to the upper skull.
Nose : Black.
Lips : Well connected and well pigmented.
Teeth : Scissor, powerful, regular and complete.
Eyes : Dark colored and medium-sized. The eyes are almond-shaped and slightly oblique. The eyes may be not too far apart and should not protrude.
Oren : Medium. Als de hond alert is, carried high and erect punishment.

Throat
Not to short, dry, without folds and gradually flowing into the body.

Body
Firm, but not crass.
Topline: The neck runs smoothly into the upper line of the trunk, wherein the head and neck are supported on a natural way.
Rug: Law and powerful.
Loins: Firm, long, narrow.
Pelvis: Gently sloping, Do not short.
Under chest and abdomen: Gradually changes into the abdominal line.
Chest: Deep and long enough, not narrow, slight spring of ribs.

To Chest
Fairly well developed.

Tail
At rest hanging straight or with a slight bend. Length to the heel bone. In action, carried gracefully upwards, Never curly or sideways.

For Hand
The front legs are strong, good length, Well muscled. The bone is firm but not rude. On the whole, becoming a straight-line forming, but with sufficient spring in the wrist.
Shoulder : A well on the hull fitting and well sloping shoulder blade.
Opperarm : Of equal length to the shoulder blade and well laid.
Elbow : Well connected.
For Feet : Oval. Tightly closed, have gebogen. Black nails and elastic dark pads.

Hind
The hind legs are powerful and well muscled. Bone is substantial but never coarse. Not overly angulated.
Thigh and calf : Approximately of equal length.
Hock : Falls into the vertical line from the ischial tuberosity.
Hubertusklauwen : Not present.
Hindfeet : Oval. Tightly closed, have gebogen. Black nails and elastic dark pads.

Gangwerk
The Dutch Shepherd Dog is a trotter with, smooth and easy gait, without exaggerated drive or stride.

Hairiness
Short hair : All over the body a quite hard, fitting, not too short coat with woolly undercoat. Collar, trousers and feathered tail must be apparent.

Longhair : Over the body a long, rights, well fitting, harsh to the touch coat without curls or waves and with a woolly undercoat. Clear collar and pants.
Tail is heavily coated. Head, ears and feet and also the hind legs below the hocks short, dense hair. The back of forelegs shows strongly developed down becomes shorter hair, the 'spring'. No feathering on ears.

Ruwhaar : Over the whole body a dense, Hard, tousled coat except for the head, woolly dense undercoat. The coat should be dense.
Above- and lower lip hairy, mustache and beard, and two well defined, coarse rough eyebrows, that are distinct but not exaggerated. Furnishings are not soft. The hair on the skull and on the cheeks is less strongly developed. In profile it seems as if the head has a more angular shape. Highly developed pants is desired. Tail around very hairy.
The flow is through the tousled hair are less clear.
The shaggy coat should be plucked on average twice a year.

Color
Brindle. The ground color is gold or silver. Gold can vary from light sandy to kastanjerood. The flow is clearly present over the whole body, Also in collar, pants and tail. Too much black is undesirable. Preferably black mask.

Heavy white markings on chest or feet is not desirable.

Size and weight
Height:
Males: 57 – 62 cm.
Females: 55- 60 cm.

Errors
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and charged to its severity as well as the heavier influence on the healthy functioning, the welfare of the dog, and on its ability to carry out its original work.

Disqualifying faults
• Aggressive or overly shy.
• Lack of breed.
• Any dog ​​clearly showing physical or behavioral abnormalities, will be disqualified.

N.B: Males should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.