cut 45 (w), 50 (m)
hair long, bushy and shaggy
dress sand, grey, blue or black
head the skull is wide
ear drooping along the head
tail Whole and lifted
behaviour Active and friendly
Other name(s) Does, Dutch Sheepdog Average life expectancy: about 14 years Remarks and advice He has also become a companion dog, but he is little known outside the Netherlands.
Widespread in the Netherlands between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, the Schapendoes came close to extinction during the Second World War. He was rescued by dog fancier PMC Toepoel, considered the "father" of the breed. The club was founded in 1947 and the standard set in 1954, but official recognition did not come until 1971.
It is still used to herd flocks of sheep. It is a resistant, mobile and fast shepherd; he is a very good jumper and his keen intelligence allows him to act very independently. He must remain a herding dog from the point of view of constitution, spirit and character, attentive and courageous. With his familiars, he is affectionate, cheerful, lively and kind.