Welcome to the website of the American Dutch Shepherd Association.
The Dutch Shepherd is now in the process of AKC recognition! The breed is currently in the Foundation Stock Service provided to breed clubs of unrecognized breeds. This allows them to participate in the AKC Companion and Performance events. However, it is not allowed in regular conformation, but can earn a Certificate of Merit through the AKC's Open Conformation Shows. The ADSA hopes the AKC recognition process will run smoothly, and you can find updates on this website if there are any changes in status.
The ADSA is the only American breed club for the Dutch Shepherd that is endorsed by the Dutch Breed Club (NHC) in The Netherlands for their native shepherd dog - The Dutch Shepherd (Hollandse Herder). The ADSA believes that the Dutch Shepherd standard should be uniform worldwide, and not tailored for any individual country. Therefore, the ADSA has adopted the internationally accepted FCI breed standard as written by the Dutch Breed Club (NHC), and approved by Raad van Beheer (Dutch Kennel Club). When the breed moves to Miscellaneous class, an AKC breed standard will be written that will assure that the breed-type in America will not diverge from the FCI standard.
The Dutch Shepherd Dog was developed as an all-purpose farm and family dog, working originally as a farm guard, drover, livestock dog, and for carting. The Dutch Shepherd Dog is very loyal and reliable, always alert, watchful, active, independent, with persistence, intelligence, prepared to be obedient and gifted with the true shepherding temperament.
Although it is not a widely known breed, it is equally suitable as a companion and as a competent working dog, used for obedience and dog sports, herding, search & tracking dog, and as a police and security dog.
There are three coat types: long haired, short haired, and rough haired. The coat color is either gold brindle or silver brindle.
The ADSA hopes these pages are helpful in educating you about the Dutch Shepherd and in selecting the right dog for your home.