So you’re looking to adopt an Dutch Shepherd, or already have one?
According to the American Kennel Club, “The Dutch Shepherd was discovered as a naturally occurring shepherd’s dog living in rural areas. It was developed as an all-purpose farm dog, working originally as a farm guard, drover, and livestock dog. A well known dog fancier wrote about the Dutch Shepherd in 1910: “…bearing a great resemblance to the wolf.” Of course this is not entirely true, but it is another aspect that shows that the Dutch Shepherd still has many of the characteristics of its wild forebears. Although it is not a widely known breed, the Dutch Shepherd is a loyal companion and competent working dog used for obedience, dog sports, herding, tracking, search and rescue, and as a police dog. The Dutch Shepherd is a lively, athletic, alert and intelligent breed, and has retained its herding instinct for which it was originally developed. Having an independent nature, it can be slightly obstinate and have a mind of its own. Since its original duties were to keep flocks of sheep in a particular location, it is able to run all day, and that is reflected in its physique and structure.”
An Dutch Shepherd typically ranges from 54.61cm to 62.230000000000004cm in height, and weighs from 19.05087954kg to 34.01942775kg.
There are a few pet insurance companies in New Zealand that offer dog insurance for Dutch Shepherd breeds. Try Cove Insurance as they are currently offering a one-month free promotion. Typically Dutch Shepherd insurance ranges from $30 per month to $65 – but of course this varies depending on a range of other factors such as gender.