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Dutch Shepherd

General Description

The Dutch Shepherd is an excellent watchdog and very loyal to its family.

They are not known to be overly vocal, but they will bark if a stranger enters their territory.

The coat of the Dutch Shepherd is brindle with colors that range from sandy gold to red chestnut.

General Health

Most genetic health problems occur at a low rate in this breed. Confirmed genetic diseases diagnosed in Dutch Shepherds include allergies (atopy), masticatory myositis, pannus, cryptorchidism, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Hereditary Illnesses

Degenerative Myelopathy is an inherited neurologic disorder caused by a Mutation of the SOD1 gene known to be carried by Dutch shepherds. This mutation is found in many breeds of dogs, though it is not clear for Dutch shepherds whether all dogs carrying two copies of the mutation will develop the disease.

 

Character and Temperament

Reliable, alert, obedient, affectionate, loyal and trainable

Food

No special requirements

Exercise

It is essential to ensure that you keep up with your Dutch Shepherd's daily exercise needs. They'll need at least one long walk per day and vigorous play sessions. They may become bored, anxious, and destructive if they are not mentally and physically stimulated.

Origin

The dogs originate in the Netherlands, but the breed is often confused with German shepherds. While they share very similar ancestry, this less common breed is considered easier to train and can make great family pets in an active home.


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