Promoting responsibility and good sportsmanship in the breeding, training and exhibition of the Dutch Shepherd Dog under the breed standard established by

the United Kennel Club in 1995.

Welcome to the Dutch Shepherd Dog Club of America!

The Dutch Shepherd is a lively, athletic dog with a strong herding instinct and independent nature. They were originally used by farmers and shepherds who needed a versatile, undemanding and hard working dog able to adapt to a harsh and meager existence.  The breed typically:

 Is intelligent, obedient and very athletic
 Weighs from 45 to 75 pounds and stands about 24 inches tall
 Has a life expectancy of 11 to 14 years
 Was first bred in the Netherlands in 1898 and used as a sheepdog or all purpose farm dog
 Is now used in herding, competitive obedience, agility, nosework, protection sports, search and rescue and as a police dog
 Requires extensive mental and physical exercise
 Is easily trained with a responsive temperament


The Dutch Shepherd has a higher than average intelligence so obedience training is highly recommended, but  must be trained in short, mentally stimulating sessions with minimal repetitions.


We are honored the United Kennel Club has appointed the DUTCH SHEPHERD DOG CLUB OF AMERICA as the Provisional National Breed Club for the Dutch Shepherd (US-0123 CON NA). The DSDCA was originally approved as a Single Breed Provisional Conformation club in May 2012 and became a fully licensed Conformation Club in March 2014.  We are now following the additional process required to achieve Full National Breed Club status. 


The Dutch Shepherd Dog Club of America's stated purpose is to promote responsibility and good sportsmanship in the breeding, training and exhibition of the Dutch Shepherd under the breed standard established and approved by the United Kennel Club in 1995.  We wish to uphold and protect the integrity of the working Dutch Shepherd through education using the established medium of UKC Licensed Conformation Shows, and now with the designation of Provisional National Breed Club,  we host a yearly National Specialty showcasing the multifaceted Dutch Shepherd with expanded conformation classes and breed seminars.


With the advent of others working towards recognition and registry of the Dutch Shepherd breed by the American Kennel Club, we strongly feel the breed must be preserved in its current functional form, and believe the United Kennel Club outlook of promoting dogs that look AND perform equally well is the best path to follow in preserving this working dog's mind, body and heart.

For more information about the Dutch Shepherd Dog Club of America, email

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