Dog of the Week – Dutch Shepherd

Dutch-Shepherd-Art

New Dutch Shepherd design from shepherds-grove.com

I will be featuring a different dog breed (or breeds) each week. At this point, the dog breeds I focus on will be those that aren’t currently available on my dog breed pottery, with to goal being to add a new dog breed every week.  This week I’ve chosen Dutch Shepherds because they’re very beautiful dogs, and also because a  customer requested a mug with her Dutch Shepherd on it 🙂

I didn’t know a lot about the breed, other than what the name implies – Shepherd of Dutch origin.  They are not brindle Belgian Malinois, as some think.  They are very popular service dogs within the Netherlands (excellent as:  herd dogs; guard, security, and police dogs; and as companions) though only a few hundred are registered in the US.  Dutch Shepherds come in three different coat types: shorthaired, wireharied, and longhaired.  The most typical color is brindle, either silver or gold (refers to the background hair color).

I have completed my Dutch Shepherd artwork, as seen above, and I will be doing some test firing tomorrow to check the final fired colors.  After that, look for it in my list of currently available dog breeds on my website!  If you’re looking for Dutch Shepherd gifts, you’ll know where to go.

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