Skip to Main Content

The site navigation utilizes arrow, enter, escape, and space bar key commands. Left and right arrows move across top level links and expand / close menus in sub levels. Up and Down arrows will open main level menus and toggle through sub tier links. Enter and space open menus and escape closes them as well. Tab will move on to the next part of the site rather than go through menu items.


Schapendoes 1
Schapendoes 2
Schapendoes 3
Schapendoes 4
Schapendoes 5

In danger of becoming extinct, this loveable Dutch shepherd made its comeback in the late 1940’s.


Height: 40 - 50 cm
Weight (show): 12 - 25 kg
Weight (pet): 12 - 25 kg
High-spirited, intelligent, and very energetic dog that requires a lot of exercise and does particularly well when given a job to do.
Enjoy dog sports such as, agility, rally, tracking, flyball, Frisbee, musical freestyle, and obedience.
Independent spirit but responds well to a reward-based approach to training involving treats or favorite toys.
Extremely alert and energetic breed that is often easily trained as befits a herding heritage.

Did You Know?

Popular in the late 18th and 19th centuries, Dutch shepherds valued the Schapendoes for the tireless pleasure they took in their work as well as their wonderful intelligence. It wasn’t until the importation of the Border Collie to the Netherlands in the early 20th century, that shepherds and famers began to think differently and their numbers dwindled. Thanks to the die-hard breed advocates in the late 1940’s though, this loveable Dutch sheepdog began to make their comeback and the official breed club was established.

While well-disguised under its long, thick coat and undercoat this breed is actually described as being lightly built and quite spry. Watching them trot along with their long and feathered tail held high—bouncing from side to side—will put a smile on your face. While the breed standard actually allows for all colours, they tend to sport blue-grey to black colouring in large patches across the head, back and hind quarters over white.

Attentive, courageous, intelligent and most of all friendly and loyal. These high-spirited dogs make for a great day in the park, long walks or a lengthy game of fetch. Their movements are often described as “springy” and their uncanny ability to jump high makes them excel at agility and dog sport competitions.

Back to Breed Library

Get started today!

Stay on top of your furry family member’s health and breed-specific needs with the world’s leading canine DNA tests.

Cookie Settings