The American Dutch Shepherd Association is dedicated to preserving the Purebred Dutch Shepherd and it's traditional herding temperament, and educating the public about the breed.
The Dutch Shepherd is now in the process of AKC recognition! The breed is currently in the Foundation Stock Service, an AKC service provided to breed clubs of unrecognized breeds. After all AKC requirements are met, the breed will move to full recognition. We do not currently have an estimate on when this will take place.
Dutch Shepherds can participate in the AKC Companion and Performance events, FSS Open Conformation shows, and in the Miscellaneous class at all All Breed shows.
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.
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.
LEARN THE CORRECT BREED-TYPE.
A variety of judging aids are available.
A 36-page illustrated standard is available upon request.
See the Judge's Education page for information.
AKC FSS REGISTRATION
You can register your European import for only $35. Just use the regular AKC FSS registration form. For color, enter 485 for Gold Brindle, and 303 for Silver Brindle. Leave the "markings" space blank, and follow the instructions on the last page. Download the form.
Need to register a litter? The cost is $20. Make sure any imported parents have AKC DNA profiles.
AKC FSS Litter Application
AKC DNA Department
The Dutch Kennel Club, Raad van Beheer, will allow registration of litters from the USA and Canada where the breed is not recognized.
The parents need to be FCI registered, and have DNA profiles. Contact email@example.com for instructions.