Dear friends of the Dutch Shepherd Dog,

On 25.5.2019 the NHC approved the application to the FCI for the granting of utilitydog status at its general meeting. The VVHH had already done so before.

We, as a sports organisation, support this application. It is our goal to promote the Dutch Shepherd in all his versatility, especially in all sporting areas. The number of participants at the WDSF events and the number of desired sports show us that there is a clear need for sporting support.


For the granting of this status, contrary to what is claimed at the moment, not only the IGP is looked at. The status is only granted to dog breeds which are used in many different areas.


In breeds of this classification, CACIT/CACIB titles can be obtained in international trials. The rules for granting these titles define the necessary work tests. These tests differ according to the group classification of the respective breeds.


  1. breeds of GROUPS 1, 2, 3 provided that a production test is prescribed for them according to the breed nomenclature of the FCI:
  • Use, tracking, mondioring or rescue work.
  1. breeds of GROUPS 1, 2, 5 (herding) for which work is required in accordance with the

The FCI breed nomenclature prescribes a work test:

  • FCI-HWT (Traditional or Collecting style),
  • International Sheepdog Trials (Traditional or Collecting style)
  1. provisions for breeds of GROUP 6 for which a breeding is required according to the

the FCI breed nomenclature requires a work test to be carried out

  • The dogs in this group must have passed a hunting test on live and natural game.
  1. breeds of the GROUP 7
  • either a “very good” at a national CACT field trial (Certificat d’Aptitude au Championnat National) or an international CACIT field trial (Certificat d’Aptitude au Championnat International);
  • or alternatively at least a second prize in a national CACT or international CACIT “Water and Field” hunting competition;
  • or alternatively at least a second prize in a national CACT or international CACIT hunting eventing competition.
  1. provisions for retrieval, rummaging and water dogs of GROUP 8 for which a production test is required under the FCI breed nomenclature
  • The dogs in this group must have passed a live game hunting test in which the CACT (Certificat d’Aptitude au Championnat national) was put into competition.

(Source: FCI International Championships Regulations



Furthermore, the dogs may be exhibited in the working class according to their rules. Further international titles are possible.


In  sporting, some LAOs of the FCI send teams from the breed associations entitled to test to their highest national championships in various sports. Without this status, many athletes will not be able to follow this path.


We know that there is a lot of uncertainty about this status with some breeders or breeding associations. Of course we can understand this. But also the sportsmen with their beloved dogs are part of this big family, also they love the breed and are more than interested in its continuation and the maintenance of health.

Of course there are “black sheep” everywhere and in every breed and unfortunately already now with Dutch shepherd dog.

The basis of our work is the adherence to the breed standard and so no dog without valid FCI papers may participate in our events. This will not change.

How the breeding develops in the individual countries remains the responsibility of the breed associations.


With many recognized working dog breeds there are many things in the area of breeding which are not pleasing, this concerns not only the development in nature and usability but especially in the area of health.

It came with many races to so-called beauty lines and performance lines. However, it shows up that especially in the area of show lines there were clear changes in the appearance of the breed and thus to the strengthening of the diseases, e.g. in the German Shepherd or also in the Boxer. The efforts of the so-called performance breeders of these breeds to maintain the standards, health and performance of the breeds remain unsuccessful with many associations. This often involves a lot of money and lobbying.


But it does not have to come like this. Nowadays we know about the development of different breeds and together, we can work against it.

We are firmly convinced that we will succeed in preserving the Dutch Shepherd in all its versatility through cooperation and collaboration.

Changes are always difficult and can be frightening, but they can also be seen as an opportunity to exchange ideas.


Let us work together in the spirit of this wonderful breed.