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Hollandse Herdershond – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Large
Weight: 50 to 70 pounds
Height: 21.5 to 24.5 inches
Longevity: 15
Bark Tendency: Medium to High
Aggression: Medium to High
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

Adopt a Hollandse Herdershond, Dog Breed Guide


The Dutch Shepherd, Hollandse Herder or officially called as the Hollandse Herdershond in The Netherlands is a different breed to the Schapendoes and the domestic herding dog generally called as the Dutch Shepherd Dog.

This particular Dutch shepherd variety comes in three different varieties:

The Long-haired Dutch Shepherd that have long, straight, flat and harsh coats;

The Short-haired Dutch Shepherd which that have a hard and moderately short coat;

And the Wire-haired Dutch Shepherd that have medium length coat that is dense, harsh and tousled. They are curlier than actually wire-coated.

Official Name

Dutch Shepherd
Other Name:
Hollandse Herdershond
Hollandse Herder


Date – Official standards was set in 1898. But known to have been used and bred since the early 1800s
Country – The Netherlands
Family / Group – Herding

Recognized By

Continental Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
United Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
American Kennel Club – Foundation Stock Service Program
American Rare Breed Association


The Dutch Shepherds or Hollandse Herder is a herding dog that originated in The Netherlands during the early part of the 1800s. This particular Dutch shepherd breed was first developed in Holland. This is a different breed from the Schapendoes and other domestic herding dogs used by the Dutch people.

They are more closely related and even share very similar standards with the Belgian Shepherd Dogs. Showing slight differences when it comes to sizes and coat colors. Furthermore, the two shepherd dog breed is also judged using similar standard requirements except for the coat color. This is because the Dutch and Belgian Shepherd breeds were bred from the same genetic pool of what is considered as continental herding dogs that are also the foundation stock of the more popular German Shepherd dog breed.

The Dutch Shepherd dog breed was bred and used by Dutch farmers who prized them for their versatility as an all-purpose farm dog and is locally known as a “dog-of-all-traits”. They are also valued in its native country for their quick reflexes when out on the field.

The distinction of the three coat varieties started during the late 1800s, not in Holland but in the Dutch province of Brabant and Belgium, which back then was included in what is known as The Kingdom of The Netherlands.

Today the Hollandse Herdershonds are very rare with their numbers very low. The wire-haired Hollandse Herdershond is rarest among the three coat types with its population set as dangerously low.


The Hollandse Herdershond is considered in Europe as one of the most competent of all the continental shepherd dog breeds. They are versatile dogs known to excel in agility, catch and obedience trials. They are also excellent guards, herding dogs, field trailers and companion pets. This is a shepherd dog that will form an attachment to their livestock and to their territory. They are enthusiastic while at work, affectionate and obedient to their handlers, sober and loyal towards their family. Overall, this is a dog breed that will always display a “happy-to-be-around” disposition.

Bred For

All the varieties of the Hollandse Herdershond were originally bred to be an all-purpose farm guard and livestock herder. Today they are also being bred to be used as cart-pullers, property guards, police and security dogs.


Hollandse Herder can be an apartment pet provided if they sufficiently exercised. They are dogs that prefer colder climates.


Hollandse Herdershond dogs’ grooming needs vary for every coat variety. The Long-haired and Short-haired varieties require regular grooming. Combing and brushing their coat every day is recommended. The Wire-haired variety will demand more special attention. This variety of Dutch shepherds should be plucked by professional dog groomers very six months. They should never be brushed.


Hollandse Herder dogs are very intelligent, known to be easily trained for obedience and possess an eagerness to learn. They are among the herding dogs that are known to learn new commands in a very fast manner and quite easily.


Hollandse Herdershond shows no alarming medical issues that affect them physically or mentally. They are also not known to be affected by hereditary illnesses.


Hollandse Herders are shepherd dogs that require activities to keep their mental and physical state stable and sharp. If not kept as herding dogs, they should have an exercise regimen that should be regularly done in forms of drills and trial courses done two times a week. It is also advisable to take these dogs jogging and given ample time to run freely in the countryside.