Breed Organization Schapendoes Club of America Website:
http://schapendoesclub.com Schapendoes Club USA Website:
http://schapendoesusa.net Native Country Netherlands Other Names Schapendoes, Dutch Sheepdog, Dutch Sheep Poodle, Nederlandse Schapendoes Life Expectancy Approximately 12-14 Years Litter Size Average 3-5 Puppies Breed Group Herding - AKC/FSS
Breed Appearance The Schapendoes is a medium sized dog with
long, thick fur on the body, legs, tail, and face. Small ears hang
down, covered with long fur. The face has a moustache and beard. The
coat is of any color.
Breed Description Head: Covered by abundant hair making it
look larger than it is. Nearly flat skull. Marked stop. Moderately
short muzzle. Full mustache and beard. Ears: Set on relatively high. Medium size. Drop. Eyes: Round, moderately large. Brown color. Body: Slightly longer than tall. Belly slightly tucked up.
Chest well let down. Ribs well sprung. Tail: Long, hanging down at rest. Carried at the level of the
back when at a gallop. Elevated at attention. Feathering. Hair: Long, fine, dry, slightly wavy, tending to have a tufted,
tousled look, particularly on the hindquarters. Must not be curly.
Abundant undercoat. Coat: All colors acceptable. Blue gray to black preferred. Size: Dog: 43 to 50 cm.Bitch: 40 to 47 cm. Weight: 10 to 18 kg.
History At the turn of the century, the Schapendoes was
well-known in the Netherlands, particularly in the northern province
of Drenthe where he worked large sheep flocks. The Schapendoes is
related to the Bearded Collie, the Puli, the Polski Owczarek
Nizinny, the Old English Sheepdog, the Briard, the Bergamasco, and
others. The dog fancier P.M.C. Toepoel was responsible for
preserving this breed. After the ravages of World War II, he used
the few remaining Schapendoes to resurrect the breed. The
Schapendoes club was created in 1947 and a standard was written in
1954, though it was not officially approved until 1971. The FCI
recognized the breed in 1989.
Behavior This rustic, lively, tireless dog is
courageous. He is never nervous or aggressive. He is affectionate,
cheerful, playful, and loyal, but rather independent and stubborn.
The owner that does not assert his authority over this dog will
quickly find himself with an out-of-control dog.
Health This is a rather healthy breed. Some hip
displasia has occurred.
Advice This dog can live in the city if he can get out
to spend his energy every day. A good brushing once or twice per
week is sufficient.
Function The Schapendoes was originally a herding dog
and general farm dog, but today also participates in dog sports such
as agility and flyball.