We always love getting emails from our customers & readers asking us to feature their dog or favorite breed for our Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed blog series every Thursday. As always we are honored to oblige. Thanks Erin, we are excited to spotlight your beautiful Dutch Shepherd. Everyone say “Hello” by sending out warm barks and tail wags to Mae!

Dutch Shepherd Mae relaxing!

Height: 22-25 inches tall

Weight: 55-67 pounds.

Coat: The coat of the Dutch Shepherd is its distinguishing feature. The breed consists of three types, which vary according to the coat: shorthaired (fine and dense), longhaired (long, straight, flat and harsh), and wirehaired (medium duration and wiry). In short the coat is either long, short, or coarse.

Color: Dutch Shepherd  coat color is brindle, including gray, silver, yellow, red or gold and blue.

Appearance: The Dutch Shepherd has muscular limbs and a well-balanced frame. Its chest and belly is deep and the ribcage is slightly sprung. The facial features are dark, including the slightly slanted eyes. It has a long pointed muzzle with strong rectangular teeth. The ears are large, stiffly erect and triangular. Its tail hangs down below the hocks. The feet of the dog are relatively small. They do not have dewclaws. The dog’s toes are well arched and its nails and pads are black. In between the toes protective hairs are present. The dog’s tail is slightly curved.

Temperament: The Dutch Shepherd can easily be labeled its owners best friend.  The Dutch Shepherd is a intelligent, lively, and playful family companion with great endurance excellent for active households. The breed is not only devoted to its owner and family, but actually offers expressions of joy when around its family. It is an energetic breed that is a skilled worker and one that knows how to play. They will do all right around children and other pets, but due to their high energy should be monitored when interacting with children that are very young. It is intelligent and will actually enjoy training. This dog possesses a keen and cunning intelligence and does not tolerate other dogs or thrive in close confinement. If raised with kids or in apartments, they accept the situation, but the Dutch Shepherd pup has indefatigable curiosity and is in perpetual motion, challenging its master to provide activity, new experiences and training. Dutch Shepherd Hounds tend to have dominating natures although they can be trained to be very obedient. With natural protective instincts, this breed is excellent at guarding. While relatively aggressive with other dogs, Dutch Shepherds are gentle and calm with children and family members. Typically these dogs will form a strong attachment with just one person but their affectionate natures also make them excellent family companions.

The Dutch Shepherd breed is not recommended for those with sedentary lifestyles. The Dutch Shepherd thrives on exercise, activity, and having a job to do. They are not recommended for apartment living and do best with a large securely fenced yard or rural setting. Physical and mental stimulation is absolutely crucial. They excel in agility, herding, obedience competition, and field trailing. Dutch Shepherd’s also make excellent walking and jogging companions provided they are securely leashed.

Health: The life expectancy for a Dutch Shepherd is 12-14 years. Due to the rarity of the breed there are no recorded health issues for the Dutch Shepherd.

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