Schapendoes (Dutch Sheepdog)


Appearance: 15.5-20 in (40-51 cm) 33 lbs (15 kg) Slightly wavy, long, thick outercoat with sufficient undercoat. Top knot, mustache, and beard. Fur sometimes gathers in tufts. All colours.

Photo courtesy of MessyHair Kennels Reg'd


The hardworking Schapendoes has protected flocks in the Netherlands for hundreds of years, and enjoyed great popularity in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He is related to a variety of breeds in the sheepdog family, including the Bearded Collie, the Puli, and the Briard. After the First World War, the breed’s numbers declined, but a Dutch inspector named P.M.C. Toepoel launched a campaign to resurrect the breed and by the 1930s interest in breeding the Schapendoes increased. In the 1940s, the breed made its first appearance in the show ring, which demonstrated that it could be reliable and durable in a variety of situations.


The Schapendoes is a loyal, intelligent breed that exudes friendliness and kindness to all that he meets. His high energy level is channeled into playful antics and he excels at agility sports, such as running and jumping over obstacles. He has a jovial personality, which makes him a friend to all, and his versatility makes him a good dog for a number of activities. The Schapendoes’ devoted nature and herding instincts means that he can be a good watchdog without being aggressive. He is fantastic in the show ring, hardworking on the farm, and affectionate in the home.

Schapendoes (Dutch Sheepdog) Breeders:

Messy Hair Kennel Reg’d

Selective breeding from Canadian and European Championship lines. Parents are OFA Hips/Elbows/Heart & CAER tested. Lovingly home-raised for companions – conformation – and performance; temperament tested pups placed in approved homes (Reservations recommended). Providing health guarantees and unlimited support to our puppies’ families. Vet checked with the first vaccination and micro-chipped. Crate trained. Proud member of the CKC and Schapendoes Club of Canada.

Phone: Chari O’Leary (905) 936-5986