Flairamy's Kohinoor, Born: 12-03-2002
Nederlands Kampioen (Dutch Champion)
Photo courtesy of Flairamy's,

Breed Registries:

Note: The all-breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

* — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.




Males: 43 to 50 cm - Females: 40 to 47 cm

Breed Profile:

The Schapendoes (also known as the Dutch Sheepdog, Dutch Schapendoes and Nederlandse Schapendoes) was valued by the Shepherds in his native Netherlands as an intelligent and tireless worker. He is believed to be related to the Bearded Collie and the Briard, among others. Although the Dutch Sheepdog has existed for centuries, the breed is not common and prior to the second World War, the breed dwindled when the importation of Border Collies began in his native land. After the war, canine authority P.M.C. Toepoel — considered to be the founder of the breed — used the few remaining Schapendoes to resurrect the breed. The Breed Club for Nederlandse Schapendoes was founded in 1947 and, in 1952, the breed was provisionally recognized by the Raad van Beheer. In 1954, the standard was established and a stud book started. Full recognition followed in 1971. The breed was recognized by the F.C.I in 1989 and has since become increasingly popular in Europe. In North America, however, the breed is still considered a rare breed.

The Schapendoes is friendly, high-spirited, independent and alert. He is also very affectionate and loyal to his family. He has great endurance, mobility and speed as well as a tremendous ease of jumping. Like most herding breeds, the Schapendoes requires a fair amount of exercise and enjoys many dog sports and activities.

The Dutch Sheepdog is lightly built which makes him light-footed and springy. He gallops rather than trots and can jump and turn swiftly without much effort. He has a thick, long coat that is lightly wavy. The undercoat is soft. He also wears a topknot, moustache and beard. Preferred colours are shades of blue-grey to black but he can be seen in all colours.

Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a Dutch Sheepdog puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances, including OFA certification for hips and eye examinations certified by CERF as recommended by the Komondor Club of America. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

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Grooming Information

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Training Resources

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Additional Information

  • Herding Dogs — The Herding section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes training and general information about Herding/Stock Dogs; listing of Stock Dog Clubs and Associations; listing of upcoming shows and events; and more.
  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

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