Dutch Shepherd Temperament and Lifespan

The Dutch Shepherds are clever and competent, always ready to fulfil such tasks as catch, agility, obedience competitions, herding, guard work, companionship and field trailing. This dog is very attached to his territory, affectionate, obedient, and very loyal to his owner and family. He is also an enthusiastic worker, energetic, loving, friendly, playful and extremely smart dog. He can be good friends with children in the family too and even see them as pack leaders. The Dutch Shepherd will stop undesired visitors and warmly greet family friends. These dogs enjoy the company of their owner, familiar people and get along fine with other pets well. Their intelligence makes training easy. They are eager to learn new commands. This breed makes a perfect watch and guard dog. The average life expectancy of the Dutch Shepherd is about 12-15 years.

How Much Does a Dutch Shepherd Cost and Price Range

It is often difficult to find someone to sell you a good Dutch Shepherd. You may search for several years, especially if you are looking for specific bloodlines. A good dog will cost at least $800. Most dogs of this breed are sold for protection, search and rescue. A pet puppy usually runs around $700. If you want to buy an obedience and protection young dog, it will cost you about $1500. In general, you can expect to pay anywhere from $700 to $1500 for a dog, depending on breeding. The cost of the puppy may also depend on where you live. As these dogs are rare in the USA, you are expected to pay about $1000-1500 for a pet quality puppy from a reputable breeder. You can also get a dog from a shelter for only $250.

Dutch Shepherd Colors, Shedding, Full Size and Average Weight

Three types of Dutch Shepherd coats can be distinguished. These include shorthair (not too short and hard,); wirehair (medium length, curly, dense and harsh); and longhair (straight, long, and harsh). The common color is the same for all types of coats: different shades of brindle, gold and silver. The golden coloring can vary from chestnut red to light sand. All varieties of coats require regular brushing with a special dog's comb. Never brush the wire-haired variety, but you may mildly comb your dog with coarse comb. The wire-haired coat may require the professional service at least twice a year. You can clip the hair in a few places. Remove the excess hair on the ears. Bathe you dog only when necessary. Females are about 21.5 - 23.5 inches (55 - 60 cm) tall. Males are usually 22.5 - 24.5 inches (57 - 62 cm) tall. The average weight of both sexes is about 50 - 70 pounds (23 - 32 kg).

Dutch Shepherd Breed Characteristics, Information and Facts

The Dutch Shepherd can live perfectly well in an apartment if he receives enough exercise outdoors. He needs both physical and mental exercise. Walk or jog with your dog daily. The Dutch Shepherd needs a good leader who has to be human. You may run your dog through a regular drill twice a week. This dog makes a perfect jogging companion. Let him run beside a bicycle, or take him into the woods where he can run enough. Due to his all-weather coat, this dog can live in cold climates. The Dutch Shepherd usually has no severe physical or mental illnesses. There have been cases of hip dysplasia, however.