Dutch Shepherd - Group I. - Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs, Section 1 - Sheepdogs. Recognized in 1960.
Dutch Shepherd is in three types according their coat - long, short, wire
All types are different by character but all are hardworking, friendly, intelligent, clever, cunning up. They are devoted and fiercely loyal to their owner and members of its family. It's not 100% dependable, always alert, vigilant, active, if necessary, independent and persevering and via its temperament well controlled. They have a strong tendency to watch over the territory that they consider themselves assigned to guard, and therefore are excellent watchdogs.
Their training, whether business or sports, however, it requires a specific approach. They belong only to the experienced, patient and consistent trainer. Do not tolerate abusive treatment and training is the stereotypical bored. On the rowdy behaviour trainer react by timidity or obstinacy. During operation, whether the service (e.g. Police), tracking and rescue, well tolerated extreme physical and mental stress.
They work closely with the owner in the performance of any task, but they do not depend only on commands, often waiting for them and begin a totally independently and efficiently. Where are today used as sheepdogs in large herds, excellently work together in pairs or in a group.
They are also appealing to social dogs, especially for sports-minded owner. They require a lot of movement may be accompanied joggers or running by bike at a reasonable speed and fits excellently to various dog sports such as agility, obedience, frisbee, flyball and obedience training for a defence, or special tracking rescued training.
They are medium-sized, proportioned, well-muscled dogs strong, balanced body. The format of the body is short rectangular. The height at withers is for male 57-62 cm, female 55-60 cm.
The head has a wedge shape, is slightly elongated and dry skin on it must not constitute the wrinkles or folds. Cheeks flat, zygomatic arches may not act sideways. The skull should be flat from above. The frontal slope is to be only slightly indicated, however distinct. The muzzle should be slightly longer than the skull. The nose should be black. Lips close fitting to the jaws and teeth and are on the edges of fully pigmented. Desirable is a complete, regular scissor bite.
Eyes should be medium-sized, dark-coloured, almond shaped, slightly oblique. They should not be stored too large and protruding. The earlobes should be adequately sized, set high in the heat of passion and always erect.
The neck should be cleanly modelled and not be too short, carried in a natural position as head, neither too low nor too high. The hull is hefty, but not rude. The back should be straight and strong, loin is strong. The croup is slightly sloping and has to be completely short.
The tail should be at rest carried down, straight or slightly curved upward, reaching to the hocks. The movement carried higher and stronger, but still elegantly curved. It should never be curled over the back and shoulders, and at the end give way to one side or the other.
Chest deep and fairly long, must never be narrow. Ribs should have moderate spring chest should be obvious, abdomen should be slightly tucked. The forelegs should be strong, moderately long, very muscular, their bones are solid, overall, must be straight with sufficiently flexible wrists. Shoulders and elbows are lying close to the chest. Feet are oval, toes arched and tight, the nails black, padded flexible and dark coloured.
The hindquarters must be strong and very muscular and strong. Persistent dewclaws are considered undesirable. Dutch Shepherd is a trotter and its movement should be free-flowing and nimble, but not overly hasty or long.
As already mentioned there are three varieties of coat - long, short and wire coats. Coat colour is brindle, which is by wire type of hair less distinct than by long and short type of hair. The basic colour can be gold or silver. Gold can occur in a variety of shades, from pale sand to chestnut red. Black stripes must be visible throughout the body, including the "collar" on the neck "pants" and tail. Too much black is undesirable (not predominate). Dark "mask" on the face is preferred. Large white patches on the front of the chest and / or feet are undesirable.
All faults of the standard shall be considered as defects and evaluate accurately the degree of expression with regard to the health and welfare of male or female. To negative defects include aggression or timidity and lack of type (atypical nature of the overall appearance).