dutch shepherd dog breed information
common health issues
The Dutch Shepherd was developed in the 1800s in the southern part of the Netherlands and is closely related to both Belgian Shepherds and German Shepherds. In Holland, the Dutch Shepherd is known as an excellent herding dog, though it was initially bred as an all-purpose farm dog.
Though the Belgian and German Shepherds have become popular in the United States, the Dutch Shepherd remains rare. They are highly intelligent and thrive with obedience training. They tend to get along well with children and other dogs and are generally happy-go-lucky dogs. However, they will also fiercely protect their families from strangers.
Daily mental and physical stimulation are needed to keep destructive behaviors at bay. Because of their working heritage, Dutch Shepherds enjoy having a job to do, whether it’s going on a run with their master or figuring out how to retrieve food from a puzzle toy. Dutch Shepherds have medium to long hair and require occasional brushing and bathing, but are relatively easy to keep looking tidy.
But even the active Dutch Shepherd can be prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health and your family’s budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Dutch Shepherds are prone to include eye conditions such as pannus and hip problems such as hip dysplasia.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Dutch Shepherd has the misfortune of inheriting more than a hardworking disposition, you’re protected.