Stud Dog Recruitment

What’s a VNS stud dog?

A VNS stud dog is a male, non-castrated (= intact) Schapendoes of at least two years old from VNS owners, which is available for breeders to breed with.


A Schapendoes breeder has a Schapendoes bitch and wants to breed a litter of puppies. The breeder decides which male he/she would like to have puppies from. A male owner is asked by the breeder if his male is available. A male owner can always indicate that the male is not available.

Having a stud dog does not automatically mean that your male will also be breeding. This depends on several factors.


In the Schapendoes population which is co-managed by the VNS, we try to avoid inbreeding and the loss of genes. This works best when many males and bitches deliver puppies for the next generation of dogs. So we need a lot of stud dogs.

Not only the number of breeding animals determines the degree of inbreeding but also the structure of the population. For example, if only a few popular breeding males serve a large number of breeding females, the contribution per male to the next generation will be much greater than per bitch. Because of this, more animals in the next generation will have the same father and will be more related to each other than in a situation where many more males would have been used. This is very unhealthy for the breed.

How does your dog become a VNS stud dog?


The male must be examined before mating:

-Generalised Progressive Retina Atrophy or gPRA via the gene test by LADR Biofocus. Carrier dogs may only be combined with a free dog.
-Eye abnormalities via the ECVO eye examination.

Exterior (exterior)

The male must have participated at least once in a breeding suitability inspection (inventory) and must have achieved the qualification ‘suitable’ there. This is allowed from the age of 15 months.

In addition:
-or at least 6 months later on an inventory of another inspector to be ‘breeding fit’ again.
-or at least twice at a show by two different judges at least “Very Good”. One of the above must have been obtained after the dog has reached the age of 21 months.

Dogs of 24 months or older that have not been inventoried before, can suffice with 1 ‘suitable’ declaration.

Frequently asked questions

Does mating change my male’s behaviour?
A bitch in heat causes unrest, regardless of whether a male dog is allowed to mate or not. The chance of annoying behaviour by mating is quite small. Once a male has mated, he knows even better when bitches are in heat and will often leave bitches alone when they are not in heat or even ready to be mated.

Isn’t it better to have my male neutered?
Behaviour is often mentioned as a reason for castration but in practice often has little effect. In general it can be said that there is no compelling reason to castrate males from a health point of view, especially when it concerns still young males. On the contrary, castration at a young age seems to have considerably more disadvantages than advantages.

Experiences of stud dog owners can be read on the members page.

For more information: Stud Dog Coaches

Marjolein Flobbe
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