ALL ABOUT LIVING WITH WIRE HAIRED DUTCH SHEPHERDS


– [Narrator] Dogumentary TV, producing the best breed
documentaries on YouTube. – My name is Kourtney Koruki,
this is my dog, Lucian. He is a wire haired Dutch Shepherd and he will be three in November. There are three different
coat types of Dutch Shepherds, there’s the short hair, the long hair and then these guys, the wire haired. They are very rare, there’s
only about 500 worldwide, and I believe 47 of those
are in the US right now. He, his litter mates, and
his uncle are the only three in California right now, and he and his brother live in my house. My roommate owns his
brother, a nice guy, Eddie, who lives in the house as well. And they are brothers in the true sense of yes, we’re related, but we’re not gonna really
socialize with each other. They will deal with each
other, but that’s about it. I do special effects
makeup and the whole reason I got into special effects makeup was because of the movie the Underworld and the werewolves that were there. And I was searching
online for dogs one day and I came across a picture of
a wire haired Dutch Shepherd and I was like oh my god,
it looks like a werewolf, I have to have one of those dogs. So, it took me about a year
and half to find this guy. And I knew, when I got my wire haired, I was gonna name him Lucian after the first werewolf from Underworld that could change form at will. So, and I already have the
name of my second wire haired, his name will be William, also
from the movie Underworld. So, yeah, that is how Lucian got his name. The breed developed in
Holland around 1898. They were originally just
an all-purpose farm dog, herding, being with the
sheep, keeping them away from the areas they
weren’t supposed to be in, and, to this day, you
still find dogs in Holland being used as general farm dogs. I met someone who breeds long hairs who, one of his long hairs, is actually on a working
cattle ranch right now as a stock dog. Originally, with them, they were herders, and so most of the wire
haired these days are just, they’re pets, they’re family dogs, but there are still working herding dogs. I take him to herding classes and it’s fun when you see
them actually go and herd. I took him to get temperament
tested for herding and he already knew exactly what to do. You just kind of saw that light come on and he just knew how
to move with the sheep and it was very cool. But, throughout history, they’ve kind of, the wire haired, because the sheep and having the need for the
herding dog kind of went down, so did the number of wire haired, which is why there are so few right now. So, right now, we’re working on just trying to keep the gene
pool as large as possible and keep these guys around, ’cause anyone who owns one
of these, they love them, it’s their breed, they’re more than likely always gonna have one in their house, so none of us wanna see them go. Dutch Shepherds, in general,
they’re very versatile dogs, they’re very intelligent. You can pretty much get them to do anything you want them to do,
with the right motivation. I guess, in general, they’re very sweet, loving, intelligent dogs that just, they can fit wherever. The difference between a wire haired and the other two coat types would be these guys
are, they’re very silly, they’re very funny. Like a lot of my friends always comment on “he’s always so happy”, ’cause he’s just happy
doing whatever he’s doing. It doesn’t matter what he’s doing, he’s just a happy dog and very energetic. But they’re also really good
at, they’ve got an off button. A typical day with a wire haired would be the second you move in the morning, he’s right there at your face. He wants to get up and go do something. So, we’ll get up and
we’ll go to take a hike, get him some exercise, let him come home, and cool down for a little while. And then he’ll just kind
of lay around the house and chill out until I have to go to work. And then he goes in his kennel and he’ll sleep until I get home, and then it’s just kind of
lounging around the house until dinnertime. He, more so the stimulation
he gets, is from training. He gets more, the mental
wears him out faster than the physical, and so we
do training throughout the day. In the morning, when we’re on the hike, we’ll start our hikes
with a little obedience, and then I’ll let him
go and then we’ll hike, and then we come back
home later on in the day when I get off work, I’ll
do just about 10 minutes of obedience with him, and that works his mind enough that it wears him out more than if I took him on a
walk around the block. As far as the protective
nature of a wire haired, genetically speaking, they were there to be with the sheep and
protect, and mostly herd, but, if need be, and so at home he’s not really a protective dog. I’ll know if someone’s there, but he’s not gonna do anything to help me if anything ever happened. He’d let me know they were there as he was running out the back door. An appropriate person or family to own a wire haired Dutch Shepherd would be pretty much anyone who has a good understanding of dogs, and especially a herding breed. Like I said, they’re very versatile, they can just lay around
your house, be great pets. Depending upon the dog, they
can be really good around kids. Him, not so much, he’s
a little too energetic, he kind of knocks them over, but he’s very sweet to them. But, as far as energy level goes, I have only ever seen this dog truly tired one day in his life and that took two very intense hikes and a beach trip all in
one day to make him tired. The rest of the time, we hike and we’ll kind of go out and explore different areas of the city, like we’ll have lunch with friends, and the mental stimulation
he gets works him out, but truly have only ever
seen him tired once, and the rest of the time
he’ll take a quick nap and then he’s good to go all over again. So, the wire haired can
live pretty much anywhere, as long as they get the proper amount of both mental and physical stimulation. If I lived in an apartment,
I’m sure he’d be fine as long as I got him his hikes, I took him to his herding classes. He’s more than happy
to sleep in his kennel upside down, which is mostly
how he sleeps most of the time. Just snoozing the day away until it’s time to leave the house and go do something and then he turns on and he’s ready to go. So, they can live pretty much anywhere, but most of the wire haired I know, they kind of live in rural settings. They’ve got lots of land
and if they go herding or they live in large backyards, but they’re pretty versatile dogs. As far as a Dutch
Shepherd inside the house, his brother is more than
happy to lay around. He’ll just be on you and snuggle and he would spend his
entire day like that. This guy, if there’s no
stimulation happening, he prefers to lay on the floor with his head under something, like a coffee table or
a bed, I don’t know why. But I have two cats and
if the cats are around, he tends to want to herd and he gets that posture of
wanting to chase the cats and herd the cats. So, with him, it’s a
little bit of a battle of making sure he stays calm inside the house around the cats and knows he can’t
chase them all the time. Whereas his brother ignores them and would lay around and
snuggle all day long. He’s very independent and
he’ll move around with me throughout the house, but
he is not a snuggle dog. He wants to just kind of be on his own and just kind of take things in. If I’m not there, he could go outside and hang outside in the backyard. He deals really well with the cold, with the warmth, and obviously, when it gets too hot or
too cold, they come inside. But his brother is very much, like he wants to be
touching you at all times. So, we have both in the house. One of wire haired is very independent and the other one is
very borderline clingy. Breed standard would
be an independent dog. A dog who can think on its own, which is a good thing and a bad thing when they decide if there’s
something they want to do. But they’re still very
sweet and sensitive dogs, and so, on the one hand, his brother fits it very
well, a sensitive nature, and, on the other hand,
he fits it very well, because he does have that
Independent thinking mind and can kind of be on his own without having to be like,
oh, where’s my human? He’s more than happy to be on his own. Well, anytime we go
anywhere, they’re kenneled. Well, that’s not true actually. He is kenneled because of the cats. We can’t leave him free
roaming in the house. His brother will free roam
either inside or outside. And they’ll hang out in the backyard, his brother will, for four or five hours, even if we’re home. And if we’re home, he’s out of the kennel, but, if we’re not, then
he’s in the kennel, because there’s the cats. The vast majority of
their time is spent inside just chilling out. But they can easily go outside and just hang in the
heat, hang in the cold. They don’t have any issues with it. Generally, he is on a kibble diet, but every now and then, we will supplement with raw food. Whether it be the pre-made packages that come in the grinds, or if it’s like raw turkey
necks or just chicken breast, or chicken hearts, or ground lamb heart, or we gave them tripe,
which is a big mistake, never open that indoors, it’s very smelly. But they love it. And he’s got a really good stomach. Him and his brother
both, they do really well on both raw and kibble. But, yeah, they tend to pretty much love anything we put in front of them. Generally, people go for the wire haired, or the long hair, the short, they pick their coat type based on what they’re using it for. A lot of people, they get the short coats, because they’re using them for sport work or it’s a working dog in the sense of protection or police work. And then someone who’s
gonna pick a wire haired, it’s they like the look of them, at least that’s why I did it, ’cause they look like werewolves. But also just livability with these guys. I mean, the long haired
and the short hairs are the same, you can live
with them very easily, but, yeah, I think mostly it’s the look and the sweet nature of these guys, and kind of the goofiness
that comes along with them, that is very appealing. Wire haired have to be hand
stripped around twice a year. Their coat, this top coat right here, he’s actually pretty close to needing to be stripped right now. You basically have to hand
pull this top layer off to let the underneath grow, because, if you don’t, it can actually start causing issues for the dog’s skin. He, when I first had him, actually started pulling it out himself, because I wasn’t getting
to it fast enough. So, twice a year, he looks like a short
haired Dutch Shepherd, ’cause I have to pull all
of the top coat off of him and let the undercoat grow out. Lucian is my very first my dog and while it may seem a little crazy to get a Dutch Shepherd, a
wire haired Dutch Shepherd, as your first dog, I’m very glad I did. This is my breed for life. I will always have one. I would not change a thing. This breed is very rare, so anyone who is looking to get
a wire haired Dutch Shepherd needs to be very serious
in doing their research as far as finding the right breeder who health tests, they test the elbows, the test the hips, and make sure that their dogs are sound to be bred, and find the right breeder for them, and find the right puppy for them that’s gonna be the right fit, so that these guys can stay around, because there are so few
in the world right now, and like I said, everyone
who owns one of these wants to make sure these guys stay around.

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