Weight: 33 - 40 lbs.
Height: 16" - 20"
Life Span: 12 - 15 years
Health Problems: Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.
Also Known As: Dutch Sheepdog
Group: Working / Herding
Category: Companion Dog, Obedience Work, Search & Rescue
Schapendoes have boundless energy, need plenty of exercise, and love walks. This breed tends to stay close to owner. It makes a good watch dog because it has an innate guarding instinct. However, it is not aggressive.
The Schapendoes have a long, double coat that needs thorough brushing once or twice weekly.
Eager to learn, good-natured, spirited, intelligent, patient, affectionate and loyal. The Schapendoe is easily trained.
Compatibility with Kids
Good with children. Loves playing and retrieving.
This breed is related to the French Briard, Old English Sheepdog and Polish Lowland Sheepdog. It was used in the Netherlands in remote heath lands to guard sheep, putting its speed and agility to good use. Modern agriculture replaced the need for these dogs as herders. As a result, the breed almost became extinct after WWII.
This breed has great agility and speed, and a desire to work. It does not desire to hunt or roam.