A Brief History of the Dutch Shepherd Dog
|The Dutch Shepherd Dog
originated in the Netherlands, where it is known as the Hollandse
Herder. It is an FCI registered breed. The Nederlandse Herdershonden Club,
the official breed club, was founded in 1898. The Dutch Shepherd's coat has
three varieties: short coat, long coat and rough coat. Short coats and long
coats are either gold or silver brindle. Rough coats are either gold and silver
brindle or salt and pepper brindle.
In the late 1800's, the Belgian,
German and Dutch Shepherds were all shepherd dogs without much distinction
between them. Although they were different in a lot of respects, they were
cross bred with each other on occasion. Some of the early German Shepherd Dogs
were brindle in colour. A few years into the German Shepherd Dog's breed
development, the brindle colour was taken out of the gene pool.
1890's these three breeds went their own way. They became distinct and separate
breeds. The Dutch Shepherd became the brindle shepherd dog of Holland.
lot of the breed standards for the Dutch Shepherd changed from 1898 to 1914.
Changes to the breeding standard settled down after this time, but a few more
changes would still take place.
After the First and Second World Wars,
the numbers and condition of the Dutch Shepherd Dog was under threat. This was
true of most dogs at the time. The Dutch Shepherd Dog was once again out
crossed to the Belgian Shepherd Dog to bring new blood to the breed. There were
some crosses to the German Shepherd Dog around the time of the First World War.
The results were disastrous. Future crosses were only made to the Belgian
The modern day Dutch Shepherd Dog is the result of more
than 100 years of development and refinement.
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