Register of Hollandse Herdershonden (Dutch Shepherds)

With thanks to Lia Helmers, who did the research and typework up till the dogs born in 1995.
The main source of course is the Dutch Kennel Club Stud Book.  There are also dogs listed who are mentioned in various canine sources until ca. 1960. Even though these are not registered, there is reason enough to include them:

In the old days, not all dogs taking part in official canine activities were entered in the Stud Book. It could for example happen that a dog was entered into the Stud Book after having won prizes at dog shows. Today, it's just the other way round: only dogs with a Kennel Club pedigree can be entered at shows. And the Stud Book is 'closed' now, which means that only the offspring from registered parents gets registered.

Anyway, before World War II one could find, at dog shows, many Dutch shepherds who didn't have an official registry number, but nevertheless could very well be counted as "members of the family". This is why Mrs. Helmers also searched through every canine periodical and old show catalogue she could lay her hands on. All the dogs she found listed there, are included here, too. Furthermore there was the NHC's "club register", in which, too, some dogs could be found that never made it to an official Kennel Club registry. Those dogs, too, are listed here. (NHC = Nederlandse Herdershonden Club = Dutch Shepherd Dog Club)

From the last decennia, only the dogs with a NHSB (Nederlands Hondenstamboek, = Dutch Dog Stud Book) number are included in the list.
But of course there are unregistered Dutch shepherds today, too. Why aren't they listed here?
In the good old days, I mean OLD days, one could find unregistered Dutch shepherds who herded sheep and/or guarded farms, far from the madding crowd. These dogs had been bred locally by the farmers and shepherds in the area, and one could expect them to be reasonably purebred. But how big would now, in the 21st century, be the chance that one might still find true-bred shepherd dogs from those original rural lines?
Today's unregistered Dutch shepherds stem mostly from breeding aimed at producing good police dogs. Almost all of those dogs have at least one Malinois ancestor, and in some cases there might be still another breed mixed in. As those dogs are not registered as purebreds anyway, this is not something to be bothered about. (Their breeders, however, commonly do keep some private registry of their stock. This is why one can find carefully kept pedigree pages on their websites, too..... and sometimes even "kennel names" which, however, are not Kennel Club registered .)
But the aim of the list we have here, is to show what is still remaining of the purebred Dutch shepherd - or at least as purebred as possible. Because the breeding of purebred dogs is not the first concern of the average "police dog" breeder, their dogs have not been taken into account here.

Well, this was the introduction, and now to the list. Not everything is placed online yet, there's more to come! Check back for updates.

When reading the list, you might find the following helpful:
- if a dog's name is bold, it has been used for breeding in Holland
- if a dog's name is underlined, it has been used for breeding outside of Holland
- if a dog's name is both bold and underlined, it has offspring both in and outside of Holland
- "tent." is short for "tentoonstelling" = exhibition. It means that the dog's name is found in a report from that show.

Translations of words:
Duitse herder = German shepherd
geboren = born
hond(en)  = dog(s)
jeugdklas, openklas = young dogs' class, open class  (at dog shows)
kampioen = champion, meaning here: show champion
korthaar, kortharig = short hair, shorthaired
langhaar, langharig = long hair, longhaired
moeder = mother, dam
nest =  litter
"Nest van Jansen A. te Alkmaar" = litter bred by A. Jansen, living in the town of Alkmaar
omstreeks = about, around
onbekend = unknown
R (reu) = male dog
ruwhaar, ruwharig = rough hair, roughhaired
T (teef) = female dog
te = in, from
vader = father, sire
van= of

If there is anything still unclear, don't hesitate to ask:

Korthaar 1871-1906                     Ruwhaar 1881-1932              Langhaar

Korthaar 1907-1919                     Ruwhaar 1933-1943           Langhaar 2

Korthaar 1920-1929                     Ruwhaar 1944-1952

Korthaar 1930-1944                      Ruwhaar 1953-1960

Korthaar 1945-1955                      Ruwhaar 1961-1968

Korthaar 1956-1966                      Ruwhaar 1969-1972

Korthaar 1967-1971                      Ruwhaar 1973-1975

Korthaar 1972-1974                      Ruwhaar 1976-1979

Korthaar 1975-1977                      Ruwhaar 1980-1984  

Korthaar 1978-1980                      Ruwhaar 1985-1991

Korthaar 1981-1983                      Ruwhaar 1992-1995

Korthaar 1984-1986                      Ruwhaar 1996-2002   

Korthaar 1987-1989                      Ruwhaar 2003-2008

Korthaar 1990-1992

Korthaar 1993-1995

Korthaar 1996-1998

Korthaar 1999-2001

Korthaar 2002-2004

Korthaar 2005-2008

Korthaar 2009-

(The official studbook is published by the Dutch Kennelclub. The Kennelclub's website is )

Other sites with stud book information:  all litters on the German club's puppy list since 2007   longhaireds from all around the world, sorted by country, information collected by Liisa Kukkanen


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