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Size: Medium

Weight: 33 - 40 lbs.

Height: 16" - 20"

Life Span: 12 - 15 years

Health Problems: Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Origin: Holland

Also Known As: Dutch Sheepdog

Group: Working / Herding

Category: Companion Dog, Obedience Work, Search & Rescue

Exercise Needs

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.

Grooming Needs

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.

Pet Facts

This breed has great agility and speed, and a desire to work. It does not desire to hunt or roam.