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Its springy, effortless gait is complemented with a remarkable jump. A good Schapendoes is vigilant and courageous.

About the Schapendoes

The Nederlandse Schapendoes is a dog which was used for herding flocks of sheep and which is still used in the same capacity today. As pasture for sheep is situated mainly in quiet, lonely areas of the country, it is necessary for the Schapendoes to be equipped with great endurance, mobility and speed.

P.M.C. Toepoel founded the modern Schapendoes, generating interest in the virtually extinct breed during World War II ahead of making serious efforts to reconstruct it in the years following.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

The Netherlands
FCI Group 1, AKC Foundation Stock Service
Size category
Avg life expectancy
12–15 years

Loving / Assertive / Alert / Confident / Friendly / Intelligent / Loyal / Even-tempered

Key facts

  • Makes a great family dog
  • Needs moderate exercise

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