Schapendoes is a friendly and lively dog breed originating from Netherland. These dogs existed for centuries on Dutch farms where they have been used as herding dogs but also as general farm dogs. Today these dogs are more and more companion rather than farm dogs. In most cases, they were replaced on-farm by other dogs such as Border Collie. These dogs are sweet-natured and very devoted to their family. They excel in dog sports such as agility and fly ball.

FUN FACT: This dog is also known as Dutch Sheepdog.



16-20 in (41-51 cm)



26-55 lb (12-25 kg)





Life Expectancy:

12-15 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health


Schapendoes has a long thick coat with an undercoat. Regular brushing will be enough to keep their coat clean and without mats and tangles. For these dogs all colors are acceptable and the preference is blue-grey to black.

Brush their teeth at least three times a week to prevent tartar buildup and infections. Make sure you use products that are made especially for dogs as human products could potentially harm them. Trim their nails if they don’t wear them down naturally. A good indication is if you can hear them clicking on the floor while they walk. Clean their ears and check for signs of redness or infections. Use a cotton cloth and never insert anything in their ear canal. You can always check with your Vet about the products you should use and the proper technique.


Schapendoes dogs are medium active and they will need a proper amount of daily activities to be happy. Playing with his owner in the house, chasing the ball, or just long walks can all do the trick and keep this dog satisfied. If you provide him with enough daily activities you don’t have to worry that your dog will miss behave.


As with all other dogs, even Schapendoes requires proper and early socialization in order to trust your dog. With correct socialization, your dog will learn how it’s supposed to behave in many different situations he may find himself in. The socialization process starts as soon as you bring your Schapendoes puppy home. Expose him to many different situations, people, dogs, and sounds.

They can learn to react accordingly and understand that they don’t need to be scared of strangers and other dogs. They can adapt to any environment as long as you secure them with plenty of physical and mental activity.

Schapendoes and kids

Schapendoes are an excellent choice for families with kids and they will be great playing partners for them. Take note that no matter how good your dog is you should never leave him alone with kids so any unwanted behavior wouldn't emerge.

Before you let them play you should also teach your kids what is the correct way to approach, interact and play with the dog. That way you can be sure that your kids will respect the dog.

Schapendoes and other animals

Schapendoes get along with other dogs and enjoy their company. With proper socialization, you don't have to worry that your dog will become aggressive or wouldn't get along with other dogs.


Schapendoes are generally healthy dogs but like most dog breeds in the world, they can suffer from some health problems. Those problems include:

  • Ear problems
  • Progressive retinal atrophy

If you want to get a puppy with the best possible health you should never buy him from an irresponsible dog breeder. Official and responsible dog breeders regularly check their breeding dogs and they will not breed dogs if there is a possibility that the puppies will end up with inherited diseases.

Schapendoes breeders

When getting a dog, the most important thing is to get it from a responsible and reputable Schapendoes breeder. Responsible breeders will breed dogs that don’t only look good but have great characters as well. You must find a good Schapendoes breeder that can help you learn about this breed and make an informed choice about getting a dog with these characteristics. 

Buying a dog from a responsible breeder will cost you more money, but you can be sure that you will get a healthy puppy.

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Updated at16.05.2021.