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Schapendoes Breed of Dog:

Origin and History: The Schapendoes or Dutch Sheepdog originated in the Netherlands.

This dog was primarily used in farms for herding livestock. Even during those days, the Schapendoes dog was a popular breed and was exhibited in dog shows. The Dutch Schapendoes is also a popular breed in dog sports.

The Dutch Schapendoes is closely related to other breeds such as the Puli, Bearded Collie, Old English sheepdog, Old German sheepdog, Bergamasco Shepherd Dog, Briard, and Owczarek Nizinny.
During the Second World War, the breed was on the brink of extinction. In fact, modern day Schapendoes dogs are descended from the handful of Schapendoes that were saved during the war.

The Dutch Schapendoes is widely recognized by most kennel clubs across the world, including the Dutch Raad van Beheer, Canadian Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, and the American Kennel Club.

Appearance: The Dutch Schapendoes is a medium sized dog and stands up to almost 20 inches tall. Male Schapendoes dogs can weigh up to 55 pounds while the female dogs may weigh up to 44 pounds. The Schapendoes dog has thick, long fur all over its body, legs, face, and tail. This thick coat provides the dog with protection against the cold Dutch winters. Even the face of the dog has a distinct beard and moustache. The Schapendoes dog has small furry ears that hang down.

Temperament: The Dutch Schapendoes is a very friendly breed of dog. Due to its affectionate nature, it is not suitable as a guard dog. Its affectionate nature makes it a very good family dog, especially if has been properly socialized since puppyhood. The Schapendoes dog is also a very active breed and needs regular exercise. Like all working dogs, this breed is extremely intelligent and needs to be kept occupied with frequent exercise and play. It is important to ensure that the Schapendoes dog is properly trained from an early age and that it leads an active lifestyle. If you keep the Schapendoes cooped up inside the house all day, it will begin to fret and exhibit boisterous behavior.

Grooming and Care: Due to its long, furry coat, the Dutch Schapendoes requires frequent grooming. The dog should also be bathed once a month. In cold months, it must be ensured that the coat is properly dried after a bath. Although the Dutch Schapendoes, as a breed, is not prone to any particular ailment, it is still a good idea to check that Schapendoes puppies are healthy and have received all the required vaccines.

  Submitted on January 5, 2010  

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