Dutch Shepherd protection dogs are versatile, intelligent, and intuitive. This dog’s high-spirited and energetic demeanor is infectious and can easily make a person fall in love with them. But when given the right training, there’s a hidden beast waiting to protect you and your loved ones beneath their glee-filled smile of teeth.
The Dutch Shepherd is one of the most sought-after protection dog breeds on the globe. They’ve been famed for their work in the police, military, search & rescue, and counter-terrorism operations. And as you’ll learn throughout this article, their fame is well-deserved.
But even with all these accomplishments, this working-class dog remains a humble, family-oriented dog that’s great with kids and even other animals. It’s a rare breed, and it’s no wonder more and more people are looking to the Dutch Shepherd for their protection needs.
Ready to find out what makes these dogs so great? Then, let’s explore why Dutch Shepherds are one of the best protection dog breeds on the planet!
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Dutch Shepherds are one of the most respected dog breeds for protection work. They’re highly intelligent with a strong work ethic that’s been inherited from their working-class ancestors.
In the 19th century, these dogs were carefully and deliberately bred to become a highly versatile, “all-purpose” working dog. After breeding was complete, this independent and loyal dog breed was utilized for herding and herd protection.
Since then, Dutch Shepherds have been used as personal protection dogs, family protection dogs and guard dogs—as well as in the police force and military. They’ve proven themselves within every dimension of dog training, including obedience training, agility training, and IPO (Schutzhund)—also called protection dog training.
In fact, they’re so smart and fierce in protection work that one Dutch Shepherd named Ozzy actually became famous for learning ‘Jiu Jitsu techniques’ during his Schutzhund (protection & attack dog) training.
Just check out the video from Beastly’s Youtube channel below:
Ozzy’s owners call him their “bazooka” dog because he’s a weapon and a force to be reckoned with. Outsiders must beware, but he’s a sweetheart to his “insiders.” And with the right training, a Dutch Shepherd protection dog can give you this kind of incredible protection power.
But what about Dutch Shepherd dogs in the police force? Are they a good fit? Let’s check it out…
Just like German Shepherd protection dogs and Belgian Malinois protection dogs, Dutch Shepherds are famous for their use in the police, military, search & rescue, and special forces operations. Their extremely high intelligence makes them one of the most skilled dog breeds at learning to perform complex tasks.
Dutch Shepherd protection dogs also have a fearlessness and loyalty that make them ideal for use in high-intensity situations when lives are hanging in the balance. In fact, police and counter terrorism forces around the world seek out Dutch Shepherds that are trained and certified through the Royal Dutch Police Dog Association’s training program.
One example is Rico, a semi-famous (and recently retired) counter terrorism dog that stormed into 300–400 high-risk situations during his career with Poland’s Counter Terrorism force to help bring down drug dealers, organized crime leaders and murderers.
(Image of Rico and officer below from their Instagram account @policja_ksp)
So, what makes these dogs so good at protection work? Are they naturally aggressive? Or is it something else?
Let’s find out…
Dutch Shepherds are not particularly aggressive when compared to other dog breeds like Cane Corso protection dogs or Rottweiler protection dogs. This actually makes them one of the best breeds to fulfill a role as a family protection dog (…more on that further down.) But…you may be thinking something like:
“If a Dutch Shepherd isn’t very aggressive…then will it actually protect me or my property?”
Fair question. But Dutch Shepherd protection dogs don’t need ultra-high aggression levels to be good at protection work. Instead, they get their skills from their versatility, intelligence, trainability, loyalty, territorial nature, and protective instincts.
It’s through rigorous training in Schutzhund (protection & attack dog work) that a Dutch Shepherd is equipped with a variety of skills to keep both the dog’s owner, their family, and their property safe. Their training combined with a naturally low aggression level gives Dutch Shepherds all the protection power they need while remaining a breed that’s safer and easier to handle.
They can be trained to respond to specific commands, dangerous situations (like carjacking), and potential threats. But when you combine this stellar trainability and obedience to commands with a lack of aggression towards other dogs, children, and humans—it makes them ideal protection dogs for families.
So, what if danger rears its ugly head? Does your Dutch Shepherd have enough strength to protect you in a dangerous situation?
Don’t be tricked by their friendly, light-hearted demeanor and playful attitude. The Dutch Shepherd can quickly become your fierce and ferocious ally. They are extremely fast and have power in their jaws that’s comparable to any police or military dog.
Dutch Shepherd protection dogs have an average bite strength of 224 PSI (pounds per square inch). In comparison, Belgian Malinois protection dogs only have a bite strength of 195 PSI, which is about 30 PSI less than the Dutch Shepherd.
Their larger cousins, German Shepherd protection dogs, have an almost identical bite strength of 238 PSI. Simply put, the Dutch Shepherd packs a lot of punch in a smaller, faster body.
And yes, Dutch Shepherd protection dogs are one of the fastest dog breeds in the world. With an average run speed of 36 MPH, the Dutch Shepherd bests the German Shepherd, which clocks in at only 30 MPH.
They’re nowhere near the size of Giant Schnauzer protection dogs. But their lightning-like speed makes them extremely adept at jobs such as tracking, take downs, and perimeter searches. With a Dutch Shepherd in your corner, you can be sure that burglars, criminals, or assailants won’t get away.
So, now you know a little more about the breed’s capabilities. But what’s it like to have one of your own? What kind of personality and temperament does the Dutch Shepherd possess?
Dutch Shepherd protection dogs are one of the most intelligent, easy-going, friendly, tender, and playful protective dog breeds. The AKC ranks them at the maximum level of “lovey-dovey” in the “affectionate with family” department, and they’re known to get along with other dogs and animals as well.
However, as “lovey-dovey” as they can be, Dutch Shepherds are still highly territorial and protective over their family members. They can easily be trained to excel in property protection work, as well as being employed to protect your kids from strangers and other animals.
Keep in mind, Dutch Shepherds are extremely high-energy and high-intelligence. So, as an owner, you’ll need to provide both physical activity and mental stimulation daily to keep this working-class breed happy.
Failure to keep up with the energy needs can result in a dog that is both unhappy and sometimes stubborn. Without a proper outlet for all that energy, your Dutch Shepherd may begin to “grow a mind of its own” and exhibit habits of independence that are difficult to break.
A typical healthy training and exercise regimen of about 30–60 minutes, twice per day, should be enough to satisfy your Dutch Shepherd and keep them healthy physically, mentally and emotionally. If you don’t have the time or space (like a backyard) to provide for those needs, you should reconsider obtaining a Dutch Shepherd.
So, we know Dutch Shepherd protection dogs can protect you. But what if you’re trying to protect your home while you’re away? Can they also be employed to guard your property effectively?
Similar to Doberman protection dogs, property guarding and protection is in the blood of this quick-learning dog breed. Dutch Shepherd protection dogs are highly territorial, have tons of focus, and exhibit protective instincts that make them a prime candidate for guard work.
In fact, even without much training these dogs are quick to alert their owners to danger. But with proper training these dogs can protect your property, home, and even objects of your choice with exceptional ability.
And a fully-trained Dutch Shepherd protection dog can guard and protect more than just your front door. For example, you may have your Dutch Shepherd protect specific items like purses, bags, buildings, vehicles—or even property lines.
Wondering if your property is safe at night? A fully trained Dutch Shepherd guard dog can do perimeter searches to ensure your property is clear of danger. They can even learn and act independently to carry out patrol patterns, which is part of the reason they’re so often used in military and police work.
But the Dutch Shepherd is good for more than just property guarding. As we touched on briefly already, they’re great for families too…
Family must always come first. And with a Dutch Shepherd protection dog, they always do. These protection pups are an optimal choice for families. But what makes them so great in a family setting?
Here are four reasons why Dutch Shepherds are great with families:
Now, before we go on, there’s something we must address…
If you’ve done a bit of research on protective dog breeds already, you may be wondering what the difference is between the Dutch Shepherd and the German Shepherd—or even the Belgian Malinois. And that’s totally understandable.
The three breeds have a lot in common. There are similarities in appearance, temperament, and background. But there are also some differences between them that you need to know if you’re going to make an informed decision on which protective dog breed to choose.
So, let’s take a look…
To start, Dutch Shepherds and Belgian Malinois have a lot in common:
However, the two breeds differ in a few areas:
Firstly, the Dutch Shepherd is smaller than the Malinois. It stands at only 22–24 inches at the withers, whereas the Belgian Malinois is a bit larger, standing at up to 26 inches. And the Dutch Shepherd weighs only 40–75 pounds compared to the Malinois’ 42–80 pounds.
Secondly, the two breeds differ in coat and color. The Dutch Shepherd has a brindle haired coat that’s made up of two possible colors—black and silver. The Malinois has a regular coat that ranges from short to long-haired and is seen in combinations of mahagonny and black.
One of the more important differences between Dutch Shepherd protection dogs and Belgian Malinois is their personality. The Belgian Malinois is more “happy-go-lucky” and eager to please than the Dutch Shepherd and also has a higher tendency to gravitate to one owner.
In contrast, the Dutch Shepherd is a savvy, independent thinker that can become stubborn at times if the dog isn’t given enough mental stimulation and training. However, they are more likely to bond equally with family members in the home and share attention likewise.
The Dutch Shepherd is also often mistaken for its other sheepdog cousin, the German Shepherd. Let’s take a look at some of the similarities and differences between the two breeds…
Dutch Shepherd protection dogs share the same commonalities with German Shepherds as they do with the Belgian Malinois. They are all cousins and were all bred as “all-purpose,” highly intelligent breeds to herd livestock.
However, just like the Belgian Malinois, German Shepherds also differ from the Dutch Shepherd in a few ways. The German Shepherd is the largest of the three cousins, weighing up to 88 pounds and standing up to 26 inches at the withers.
In appearance, the Dutch Shepherd has a “wedge shaped” head and its coat is brindled and rough when compared to the German Shepherd’s coat. The Dutch Shepherd’s coat can be short, wiry, or long. But the German Shepherd only has short and long coat types.
They also differ in temperament from the Dutch Shepherd. Similar to the Malinois, the German Shepherd also has a tendency to gravitate toward a single owner, whereas the Dutch Shepherd will often spread their loyalty and love across an entire family unit.
And, as for energy level, the Dutch Shepherd is an even higher energy dog than the German Shepherd. While both breeds need a similar amount of exercise, the heightened energy levels and inquisitive nature of the Dutch Shepherd will be noticeable during play and everyday life.
If you want an exuberant dog who loves all family members equally, a Dutch Shepherd may be for you. Just make sure you have time to work out the wiggles and stimulate your protection dog’s mind frequently.
If you’re considering the use of a Dutch Shepherd protection dog to keep you, your family, your home, and your belongings safe, Prestige Protection Dogs can help.
We deliver world-class, fully-trained protection dogs to your doorstep anywhere in the United States. With over 10+ years of professional dog training experience and international acclaim in Schutzhund (protection & attack) training, we train up only the best protection dogs for our clients.
Our dogs have competed in the most revered competitions on the globe and taken first place in events like the French Ring, which is the most difficult of all protection dog sporting events. When you get your protection dog from Prestige, you’re truly getting the best of the best.
Worried about the transition? No problem. We spend 3–5 days, in person, with you and your family during the transition process. You’ll be empowered with every command and taught everything you need to know about your new protection dog and best friend.
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Hey, you’re pretty smart! After reading this article, you know just about everything there is to know about Dutch Shepherd protection dogs. You’ve seen a Dutch Shepherd do Jiu Jitsu and gotten acquainted with a valiant counter terrorism dog who takes down murderers.
You know the personality and temperament of the Dutch Shepherd, their bite strength and speed, and many other unique facts. Plus, you even know if the Dutch Shepherd bonds to a single person or a whole family unit, if they chase cats, and if they’re good with kids.
You even know the differences between Dutch Shepherds, German Shepherds, and the Belgian Malinois—which is far more than most people know. But most of all, you should know if a Dutch Shepherd protection dog is the right protective pal for you.
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