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Schapendoes Facts

  • Group
  • Working
  • Affiliations
  • CKC, UKC
  • Height
  • 15" - 19.5"
  • Weight
  • 30-40 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 14 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Difficult
  • Colors
    • Various Colors
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Good with children
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

Dutch schapendoes, Dutch sheepdog


The Schapendoes originated in the Netherlands.

Date Of Origin

This breed has been in existence for hundreds of years. Records do not exist concerning this breeds particular date of origin. It was recognized as the breed we know today in the 1940's.


The schapendoes was developed as a sheepherding dog. It was prized by Dutch shepherds for its strong work drive and intelligence, and widely used during the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. It came close to extinction following WWII but was rescued by a fancier. It is only rarely used as a herding dog today.


The schapendoes is a large, agile dog with a large head with a wide skull and short, broad muzzle. It has large, round, brown eyes and its ears are naturally drop and set high. It has a long natural tail. It is double coated with a clumpy, long, thick, slightly wavy outer coat. The head and tail are heavily furred, with long feathering on the ears.


It is an intelligent and brave dog that is independent minded and can be stubborn. It is playful and affectionate with its friends and family.


This breed has been used over the years as a guardian of livestock and herder of sheep. Today it is most commonly known as a companion.

Health Concerns

Hip dysplasia.

Additional Information

This breed requires frequent brushing and professional grooming.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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