Dutch Schapendoes ''Nederlandse Schapendoes''
The history of the breed
Under the guidance and direction of the cynologist P.M.C. Toepoel, during the war years, a start was made with breeding back the Dutch Schapendoes, a breed that was practically non-existent at this time. For this, small, long-haired sheepdogs were used, known as herdersdoes, siephond and olde grise. These were mainly used by the farmers in Drenthe for herding and herding their sheep. These dogs were hard workers and by no means gluttons,
which the peasants with a meager income appreciated. The dogs stood out for their tireless work and the supple and agile way in which they took the obstacles in the heath. And their long fur that serves as a protective layer against all the 'dangers' on the heath, such as their bangs that protect their eyes against protruding branches or the long locks over their fur that provide an extra layer of protection in the cold or while working among the blackberries bushes.
Just like the Border Collie, this breed can always be found to go to work, to experience new adventures and to work sporty with its owner. They are attentive, lively and alert and a bit stubborn. The Does not only goes through fire for its owner, but is also a real family dog and this is also the main difference between the Schapendoes and the border collie. Where the Border Collie sees a boss within the family as boss, the Schapendoes is a real everyone's friend and they see everything and everyone as part of the family, they enjoy being together and being part of the family intensely. The Dutch Schapendoes is a breed that is also suitable for a beginner, but it should be remembered that these dogs are originally real working dogs that need the necessary challenge in the form of a nice long walk or dog sport. The Schapendoes is incredibly smart and eager to learn and needs a consistent but not too strict education. The Schapendoes is a fantastic breed if given the right challenge and satisfaction.
In general, the Dutch Schapendoes is a fairly healthy breed, however, a number of hereditary defects have crept into this breed over the years, such as kidney failure & heart failure, which is something that the parent animals unfortunately cannot be tested for, however, by carefully sifting through the parent animals before a combination is even made, we try to keep the chance of these hereditary defects as small as possible. We do everything we can to give birth to healthy puppies with a chosen combination. Officially, older animals within this breed must only be tested annually for eye disease and abnormalities (ECVO), however, we personally choose to test our sheepdogs just as extensively as we do with our Border Collies, so we have an extensive DNA test done and our dogs are fully x-rayed (hd, ed, ocd & back). Precisely because we test our ladies extensively, we can look even more critically at a future male.
Life expectancy: 12–15 years. An adult male may be between 43 - 50 cm high and weighs around 20 kg on average. An adult bitch may be between 40 - 47 cm high and weighs around 15 kg on average.
The most common colors
The Schapendoes comes in a lot of colors and color compositions. According to the board of directors, blue stocking or black/grey is the most common color within this breed, within this color alone you already have many different shades of fur. The most common colors within the Schapendoes are the following:
- Black/gray (Blauwkous in dutch)
the gray can vary from light to dark gray, these are so-called "blue stockings".
usually also a little bit of white/grey on the chest or legs.
white with here and there gray areas.
- Brown (increasingly emerging)
in these dogs there is a loss of pigment, this is especially visible in the eyes and nose.
white with here and there black areas.
- Black and tan
black with brown, usually on the head or legs.
tricolor, e.g. white/black with a little brown on the legs.
A nice fact about the Dutch Schapendoes is that this breed is also called magic ball by the connoisseurs and owners of this breed. The Schapendoes colors throughout its life. Black and white will remain black and white and blue/coloured will remain blue/coloured, but the shades will color throughout the year.