Welcome to the website of the American Dutch Shepherd Association.
We are the only American breed club 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 the Raad van Beheer (Dutch Kennel Club).
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.
2014 ADSA National Specialty
Location: Maumee, Ohio
Date: May 31, 2014
See EVENTS page for more information.
Female long-hair looking for a new home.
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