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 colors, they tend to sport blue-grey to black coloring 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.