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The Dutch Schapendoes is a lightly built, lively dog. Although
originally bred to herd sheep, the breed as a housedog does not deny
Schapendoes is very mobile, walks flexible and easy, is very
manoeuvrable and extremely attentive to the movements of his people.
The cheerful character of the Schapendoes gives him, together with
his appearance and his striking round big dark-brown eyes, the
attractive power that cannot be resisted by many owners. Attentive,
intelligent and cheerful, but also self conceited!
education of the Schapendoes has to take place in a consequent way.
On starting be playful, but resolute. However we would advise you to
avoid too intensive exercises before the Schapendoes has reached the
age of 9 to 10 months. The Schapendoes likes to learn and it comes
very easy to him, but in case he will get the chance of making a
fool of his boss he will be pleased to do so.
intelligent and watchful. Towards people familiar to him, he
develops great affection and loyalty, he is jolly, lively, freindly
and high spirited.
coat, which to a large measure determines the appearance of the
Schapendoes , may reach a length of about 10 centimetres.
A weekly brushing is all that is necessary once they reach 2
years of age. In this way you can avoid mats forming in the coat.
During the period where the puppy coats changes into the
adult coat brushing
should be done at least twice a week! It is not necessary to bathe
the Schapendoes. A sound coat cleans itself. Only in cases of
extreme filthiness should they be bathed.
A large-toothed comb should only
be used if the coat has become matted.
A comb removes too much of the undercoat that is
characteristic of the breed. A Schapendoes does not shed.
clipping, trimming, or stripping should be done. The ears must be
cleaned regularly and plucked if necessary.
You will not have to
visit your veterinarian very often: this is a rustic breed that
enjoys good health.
you would like to know more, we recommend you visit La
Vallée du Doux .
the Nederlandse Schapendoes is a lightly built,
long coated dog with a height at withers of 40 oof 50 cm. His
movement is effortless and springy. He is a remarkable jumper.
the abundant growth of hair gives the head the
appearance of looking bigger and, in particular, broader and the
skull higher than they really are. The skull is almost flat with a
moderate frontal furrow and strongly definded superciliary arches.
It is fairly broad in proportion to its length. The width is
slightly greater than the distance between the stop and the occiput.
The topline of the muzzle is placed a little lower than the liine of
the skull and the stop is clearly defined but not steep. Zygomatic
arches are strongly prominent. The foreface tapers hardly, remains
deep and ends broadly, being only slightly rounded at its end. Seen
from the side with jaws closed, the lower jaw must be clearly
the eyes are fairly large, round and set into the socket in a normal
position. They are placed more to the front than the side of the
head. Their colour is brown; they should not give the impression of
being black. The white of the eye should only be visible when the
dog looks hard to one side. The expression is open minded, honest
and lively. Shape, colour and expression are very characteristic for
normally developed scissor bite.
these are set on fairly high and are neither large nor fleshy. They
hang free, but not close to the head. They are amply feathered and
mobile, but should not protrude beyond the outline of the skull.
the head is carried high on a strong, clean neck.
the Schapendoes is slightly longer than he is high. The skeleton is
fine boned, pliable and elastic. Ribs are moderately to well sprung.
They reach far back. The chest is deep. Belly not too tucked up. The
line of the back is curved over a strong muscular loin.
the front legs are straight and lightly boned. Good angulation of
the front legs should wmphasize the fore-chest. Pastern are springy.
the pelvis is in a well slanted position. The hocks are moderately
angulated, well let down and well muscled.
the feet are fairly large and elastic, broad and oval in shape. The
toes are tightly bunched. The pads are thick and springy, with
plentiful hair between them. Dewclaws are permitted.
the tail is long, well coated and feathered. The manner and way in
which the dog carries his tail is characteristic of the breed. In
repose it hangs downwards. When trotting, the tail is carried fairly
high and swings slightly curved from one side to the other. When
galloping, it is stretched out straight. When jumping the tail
definitely serves as a rudder. When the dog is alert, the tail may
sometimes be raised high. It should, however, never be carried
stiffly over the back.
the Schapendoes has a thick coat with sufficient undercoat. The coat
is long, a good 7 cm or more in the region of the hindquarters. It
is not smooth, but lightly waved. Definitely curly, frizzy hair is
not permitted. The hairs grow very densely together; they are fine
and dry, but above all, never silky. The coat, where it is long, is
inclined to stand off in tufts, giving the Schapendoes a large girth,
especially at the rear. The Schapendoes has a tremendoes top knot,
moustache and beard.
all colours are permitted. Preference is given to blue-grey to
in his work, the Schapendoes gallops rather than trots, so his
movement must be light footed and springy without excessive us of
energy. He must be able to jump well and turn swiftly.
bitches: 40-47 cm & dogs: 43-50 cm