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Schapendoes

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Schapendoes

The Schapendoes is a friendly native of the Netherlands. These large dogs have lots of shaggy fur. The head looks bigger because of the abundant growth of hair. The skull is almost flat with a moderate frontal furrow and a clearly defined stop. The lower lip should be clearly visible when the jaw is closed. The teeth should meet in a scissor bite. The large eyes are round and are usually brown. The ears hang free and are amply feathered and mobile. The neck is clean and the chest is deep. The topline is curved over a strong muscular loin. The tail is long and well feathered. It hangs down when the dog is at rest and curved and high when the dog is alert or in motion. This breed has a thick coat with lots of undercoat. It is long and slightly wavy. All coat colors are permitted, but blue-grey to black is preferred.

Temperament The Schapendoes is lively, fun-loving and very active. This breed will play tirelessly with children. They are cheerful, intelligent and brave. This breed can also be a bit independent and stubborn. The get along well with family and friends and are not considered an aggressive breed. They make excellent watchdogs and have strong herding instincts. They are easy to train and a source of endless playfulness.
Height, Weight Height: 16-20" ; Weight: 30-40 lbs.
Health Problems This is a very hardy breed; however, some are prone to hip dysplasia.
Living Conditions The Schapendoes does best as an outdoor breed. They need lots of exercise and would do best in a rural or suburban environment.
Exercise The Schapendoes has lots of energy and needs to expel it. They need a place where they can run and play. They receive lots of exercise when they have a child to play with.
Life Expectancy About 10-14 years
Grooming The coat of this breed needs lots of attention to keep it from matting. Though the fur is naturally unkempt-looking, regular brushing is needed to remove tangles and debris. Check their long ears for sticks and any signs of infection. The nails and teeth should also be checked often.
Origin The shaggy sheepdog of Holland is also known as the Dutch Sheepdog. During the late 19th century, their numbers were abundant, but when the Border Collie was imported into the country, their numbers dwindled dramatically. The breed was almost extinct during the 1940s. In 1947, the "Breed Club for Nederlandse Schapendoes" was founded and the breed was resuscitated. The Schapendoes is related to the Bearded Collie, Polish Lowland, Puli, Briard and the Bergamassco. They are recognized by the UKC and have been accepted for recording in the AKC Foundation Stock Service®.
Group Herding