Misconceptions Regarding the Dutch Shepherd
The Dutch Shepherd is a brindle Belgian Malinois.
This is false. The Dutch Shepherd has been it's own breed since 1898. In the beginning, any color was allowed, but in 1914 the standard was changed to allow only brindle. If you study the standards of the two breeds you will find many differences. The primary differences are in geometry, angulation, and the head.
Dutch Shepherds and Belgian Malinois are born from the same litter.
Also false. There are working line enthusiasts who interbreed the two breeds to suit their own desires. The offspring are neither Dutch Shepherds nor Belgian Malinois. They are simply mixes.
Dutch Shepherds are supposed to be extremely high drive.
While the breed is very energetic, it should be neither extreme high drive nor aggressive. A Dutch Shepherd is first a family companion. Any extreme characteristics such as high drive or aggression, as well as extreme shyness, are a fault. There are a few breeders who are selectively breeding high drive dogs.
All Dutch Shepherds have Belgian Malinois blood in their past.
Not true. After the end of World War II, the breed was almost extinct. An experiment was attempted to use the short-hair Belgian Malinois to enlarge the gene pool. However, that experiment failed when the puppies from those combinations were sold to people who had no interested in the future of the breed or registering in the Kennel Club. And so was of no consequence to the gene pool.(1) The Dutch Breed Club (NHC) keeps a detailed history of all the Dutch Shepherds in their database which includes the percentages of other breeds in any particular dog. You will see very little Belgian Malinois, if any in the gene pool.
Dutch Shepherds should only be owned by people working in Law Enforcement or the Military.
False. Again, there are those who breed incorrect dogs and call them "Dutch Shepherds". See the "high drive" answer above.
(1) The Dutch Breeds - Bas Bosch - published by Raad van Beheer op Kynologisch Gebied