The longhaired Dutch Sheperd: OUTSTANDING AVERAGE
The longhaired Dutch Sheperd seems to be no eyestriking kind of dog. Not an excessive coat which touches the ground while walking (and taking lots of sand, leafs and branches back into te house after each walk). Not a coat that needs hours of grooming each week in order to keep it nice, which leaves less time to walk and play outside. No smashing white coat that looks gorgious on a pillow on the couch, but becomes quite off-white after a long walk in the fields on a rainy day. No funny wrinkled nose who give other dogs the impression of an agressive dog which sometimes results in an unexpected fight. No huge body of 140 lbs which is very impressive, but usually doesn't last much longer than 7 years because the dog's body is not capable to carry so much weight any longer. Not a dog that redecorates it's owners house when being alone in the house, if the owner hasn't been biking with him for a few hours. Not a dog that instantly threatens to bite everybody in sight. Not a dog that acts instantly to everything around him without thinking about the necessity (and consequenses) of his act.
Being a longhaired Dutch Sheperd, you have a coat of not so long hair. Just enough look very nice, but without being unpractical. Once in a while a brush is enough te keep it goodlooking. Lots of people think that a shorthaired coat is more practical for a familydog. They think a longhaired dog like de longhaired Dutch Sheperd means a lot of hair on the kitchen floor. This is not true. While moulting each little hair of a shorthaired dog falls seperately on the floor, smoothly flying into every closet. No problem a few hairs falling down. One can't imagine how many loose hairs can fall of a middlesized dog. The loose hairs of the longhaired cling together in the coat (easy to take out with your hand or a brush) and when they fall on the floor it's most of the time a bundle of hairs that is easy to pick up.
Being a longhaired Dutch Sheperd your colour seems black with a few (or more) brown or grey stripes. It's an illusion. The coat actually is brown or grey with black stripes. Some dogs have so many stripes that they seem almost black. Most dogs are goldbrindle. Occasionaly we see a silverbrindle dog.
Being a longhaired Dutch Sheperd your weight is between 40 and 56 lbs. A weight that enables you to become 12 years or more without a lot of healthproblems.
Being a longhaird Dutch Sheperd you watch over your owners house and properties, but if you owner invites people into his house you welcome them as well. You'll warn every stranger who is coming towards your house, but you're intention is not to kill everybody who does not belong to your family. If neccesary you're ready for defensive action, but only when it's really neccesary. It's not easy to get bitten by a Dutch Sheperd. You must be deaf, blind and stupid because a Dutch Sheperd gives all the warnings a dog can possibly give before there is no other solution than really biting.
Being a longhaired Dutch Sheperd you've got an steady character. In enables you to cope with stressfull situations without overreacting.
Being a longhaired Dutch Sheperd you're easy to train. You don't need an owner yelling at you all the time, you are not deaf so a normal voice is enough. You don't need an owner who wants to be almost violent to a dog, it doesn't impress you but it makes you non-cooperative.
Being a Dutch Sheperd dog you're not a real working dog.You like te be active with your owner very much, but you're usually not the topwinning working dog.It is not neccesary to walk, bike of train hours each day to keep you happy.
Honestly, a longhaired Dutch Sheperd is actually a very nice companion.We enjoy to have this breed every day.
The longhaired Dutch Sheperd is quite rare. In holland there are approximately 10 litters born each year. We breed to prevent this fantastic breed to become extinct.
Since 1990 we occasionally breed a litter longhaired Dutch Sheperds. A healthy dog with a good temperament has been our goal since we started breeding. Our breeding regulary does very well at both shows as training. We've bred four showworld champions, and both the only longhaired who ever succeeded to pass te difficult dutch policedog exam as the only longhaired male who ever passed the highest dutch obedience level were our breedings. That makes us happy, but it's not what we're specificly aiming for in our breeding. Every dog spends much more time at home than it spends in a show or training field. We like our breedings to be outstanding at home.