The breed standard mentions about disposition” affectionate, obedient, tractable, alert, faithful and reliable.
The breed standard also mentions “intelligent expression and lively temperament”.
And this intelligence and temperament should not be underestimated.
Wolves live in packs with a leader. The other animals in the pack each have their own place, their rank. Our Dutch
Shepherd Dog has a strong sense of ranking.
It is not a dog for everyone. It needs clear guidance and leadership. If that leadership is not given, the dog will try to take
over. The dog cannot be blamed for this and it is even desirable to some extent, since it comes from all of those traits that
the true shepherd and farm dog needed.
There is even the legendary story of a Dutch Shepherd Dog who returned an entire herd of lambs to the farmer, after the
farmer had sold the lambs and they had been taken elsewhere.
The dog’s character traits mean that it needs to be raised consistently, especially since these traits will need to be guided
in the right direction. It is not necessary to treat the dog hard or harshly. It is very sensitive to the tone of your voice and the
moods in the home. A strong “no” will mean more to the dog than jerking it’s chain.
There are clubs that provide for obedience training or other branches of sport such as fly-ball and agility. The “Dutchy”
learns fast and may therefore quickly display signs of boredom. This means that the training should contain enough
variation to keep the dog occupied. The dog needs an environment that is active; without that it will not be alert, happy and
Long walks, perhaps alongside the bike, joining in car trips, it will appreciate all action and thus stimulated and guided it will
develop into an enjoyable companion.
The Longhaired Dutch Shepherd Dog is mostly a family dog and usually gets along well with children.
Proper training and education is required to allow this dog to develop its character to the fullest.
Most of them aren't dog aggressive and get along well with other pets, especially if they're raised together.
They are very sensitive to atmosphere and emotions and can be ruined by overly harsh training.
The Dutch Shepherd has an independent nature, can be slightly obstinate and has a mind of its own. This means that the
owner has to give stable, consistent guidance to the dog.
The Longhaired Dutch Shepherd is a colorful breed and will fit into many different environments.
They may be difficult to find, but a good one is well worth having.
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