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Schapendoes – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium
Weight: 26 to 55 pounds
Height: 15 to 19 inches
Longevity: 14
Bark Tendency: Low
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: Low

Adopt a Schapendoes, Dog Breed Guide


The Schapendoes is Dutch dog breed that was specifically created to be a herding dog. This breed is also famous for being great sheep herding dogs of the Dutch people, that is why it is fondly called as the Nederlandse Schapendoes or Dutch Sheepdog and Dutch Poodle

Official Name



Date – Before the 19th century
Country – The Netherlands
Family / Group – Herding

Recognized By:
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
United Kennel Club
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Kennel Club – Foundation Stock Service Program


Schapendoes originated in The Netherlands sometime before the 19th century. They were originally bred to be herders of sheep.Dutch shepherds prized these dogs for their strong work drive and impressive intelligence. For over a century, these dogs were the preferred sheepherders among all the other local Dutch sheep herding dog breeds. Like many other dog breeds in Europe, the Schapendoes nearly became extinct by the end of the Second World War. Today, they are rarely used as a herder despite their history of being one of the best herding dog breed in The Netherlands.


Schapendoes are prized for their intelligence and their hard work drive. They are also famous for their bravery on and off the job. These dogs are known to be independent-minded and can be stubborn at times. In general, Schapendoes dogs are playful and affectionate towards family and friends

Bred For

This Dutch dog breed was created to be herder and famous for being great sheep herding dogs.


The Schapendoes will be good apartment dogs provided that their owners meet their exercise requirements. These are dogs that will thrive in homes that have an average-sized yard.


These dogs have thick and long coats that will be need special grooming attention . To avoid tangled hair, the Schapendoes coat should be brushed every day. It is also recommended to regularly check their ears and eyes for signs of infection.


The Schapendoes can be easily trained and known to have the capability to learn quickly. In order to attain a quickly but well trained Schapendoes dog, training should be done in a confident, strong buy positive approach.


This Dutch herding dog is known to be one of the healthiest dog breed in Europe.


Schapendoes are dogs that need to be taken on long walks every day. It is recommended to take them jogging and give these dogs ample time to play and run.