DUTCH SHEPHERD DOG (Hollandse Herdershond)


FCI-Standard N° 223  / 18.12.1989 / GB

TRANSLATION : Yoka ten Berge and Prof. R. Triquet.

ORIGIN : The Netherlands.


CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. :            Group     1          Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs
                                                              (except Swiss Cattle Dogs).
                                             Section 1   Sheepdogs.
                                             Without working trial.


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GENERAL APPEARANCE : A medium-sized, middle-weight, well-proportioned, well-muscled dog of powerful, well-balanced structure, with intelligent expression and lively temperament.


IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS : The length of the body exceeds the height at the withers in a ratio of ten to nine.

BEHAVIOUR AND TEMPERAMENT : Affectionate, obedient, tractable, alert, very faithful and reliable, undemanding, with plenty of stamina, vigilant, active and gifted with the true shepherd temperament.

HEAD : In good proportion to the body, more long than massive, without wrinkles and dry.  In the rough-coated variety, the head appears more square, but this is an illusion.


Skull :  The topline of the muzzle is straight and runs parallel with the skull topline.
Stop : Slight.

Nose : Always black.
Muzzle : Slightly longer than the skull, which should be flat. 
Lips : Tight.
Jaw/Teeth : Powerful and regular.  Scissor-bite, i.e. when the mouth is shut, the incisors of the upperjaw closely overlapping in the incisors of the lower jaw.
Eyes : Dark, medium-sized, almond shaped, placed somewhat obliquely, not round or bulging.
Ears : Rather small than large.  When the dog is alert, they are carried rather forward.  They are set high.  Not spoonshaped.

NECK : The neck should not be too short.  It is dry, i.e.without dewlap, and flowing gently into the topline of the body.

BODY : Firm. 
Back : Short, straight and powerful.
Loin : Firm, not long or narrow.
Croup : Must not be short or too sloping.
Ribs : Slight spring.
Chest : Deep but not narrow.  Brisket flowing gently into the underline.

TAIL : At rest, the tail should hang straight, or gently curved, reaching the hock.  In action, carried gracefully upwards, never curled nor falling sideways.


FOREQUARTERS : Powerful, well muscled and with good bone.  Overall straight, but with sufficient  spring of pastern.
Shoulders : Well laid back lie close to the ribcage.
Upperarm : Of good length.

HINDQUARTERS : Powerful, well muscled and with good bone, forming a normal angle at the stifle joint.
Thigh : Not excessively out of the perpendicular.
Hock : A moderate angle is desired so that the hock is perpendiculary below the ischium.


FEET : Well arched toes; closely knit, which avoids long feet.  Black nails; elastic dark pads.

GAIT/MOVEMENT : Smooth, supple, true.  The movement should be neither constrained nor floating nor too far-reaching.


HAIR : According to the coat, variations are divided into

  • short coat
  • long coat
  • rough coat


  • Short coat : All over the body a quite hard coat, not too short, with a woolly undercoat.  Ruff, trousers and feathered tail must be apparent.
  • Long coat : All over the body a long, straight close-lying coat harsh to the touch, without curls or waves, with a woolly undercoat.  Head, ears, feet and the hindlegs below the hocks should be covered with short, dense hair.  The back of forelegs shows strongly developed coat, which becomes shorter towards the feet (feathers).  The tail is heavily coated all over.  No feathering on ears.
  • Rough coat : All over the body, a thick, rough, harsh, tousled coat with a dense, woolly undercoat.  The coat should be dense.  Upper lip and under lip should be well furnished with hair, not soft but off-standing (whiskers and beard).  Eyebrows are rough and off-standing.  The hair on the skull and on the cheeks and ears is less strongly developed.  Tail heavily coated.  Well developed culottes are required (breeching).




  • Short coat : More or less pronounced brindle on a brown ground (gold brindle) or on a grey ground (silver brindle). Brindle all over the body, also in ruff, trousers and tail.  Much black in the upper coat is undesirable.  A black mask preferred.
  • Long coat : Same colours as for the short coat.
  • Rough coat : Blue-grey and pepper-and-salt, silver-or gold-brindle.  Brindle less pronounced in the topcoat compared to the other variations.

Height at the withers :   Dogs :     57-62 cm.
                                    Bitches : 55-60 cm.
FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

  • Nose other than black.
  • Overshot or undershot mouth.
  • Drop ears or spoon-shaped ears. Cropped ears.
  • Docked tail. Curled tail.
  • Too much white on chest or on feet; white stripes or spots in any other part of the body.
  • Wrong colour, mismarking.  Too much black in the topcoat.


  • Aggressive or overly shy.

Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.


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ORIGIN: Holland

Its history to many features in common with that one of the shepherds Belgian from which with every probabilit comes down.

Of medium largeness with a height comprised between 58 and i 63 cm for i males and between i 54 and i 58 for the females, also the varied weight in function of the sex, going from approximately 26 of the females to the 30 of the males.
the head Introduces a snout lengthened with stop sweet a strong set of teeth with closing to scissor dark eyes much and with oblique closing, lle orecchie are straight and high capacities (as those of the shepherdesses German in order to mean to us).
the body and inscrivibile in a rectangle.
the legs must be muscolose with appiombi straight.
The hair: Just as for the shepherds Belgian they exist devout variet distinguished based on the type of cape who are that one to short hair (with one good spread in its country of origin) to hard hair (not much diffusing) and to the long hair (practically rarest)
the tail of medium length with light curving towards the high
The colors are: yellow, red, brown with golden or silverplated tigrature.

This practically disowned dog to the outside of its country, where instead used from the forces of the orine, like shepherdesses of sheep and bovines but above all, thanks also to its prontezza of glares and the attachment to the master, like dog from personal defense


Obedient, trainable and easy most careful us that he happens to it around indicated for the defense but also for the guard, an optimal companion of life for the children that follows with infinite patience.

Dog much sturdy that thanks to its good sottopelo pu living calmly to the outside also in winter.

It eats practically of all, must for proporgli one balanced diet.
Pu living to the open on condition that it has a shelter (cuccia).
It goes at least once brushed to the week.