Life expectancy

10 years

Age adult

22 months

Height (Shoulder height)

50 cm


30 kg

Coat texture

long-haired / undercoat / wavy to curly

Coat color

single colored sandy to reddish brown or dark dyed hairtips

Common illnesses

no diseases known for this breed

Food expenses per month in €

about € 68

Suitable for children

Rather not

Needs a garden

Rather not

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather not

First dog suitable

Rather not

Allergy friendly

Rather not


Very atletic


Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Low grooming effort

Eager to learn



Needs a lot of exercise


robust / clingy / likes hunting / intelligent / loyal / tenacious / strong-willed, determined

Bred for

drive and shepherd sheep

Common illnesses

no diseases known for this breed

Dog type according to FCI

not FCI approved

FCI description

Not FCI Approved

Short description

Westerwälder is a breed, which gives the herding instinct on to the next generation. This breed as a healthy protective instinct for humans and animals alike, which can surface even without a command. They are particularly suitable as a companion for horses and as a rescue dog, as well as for agility and other sports. They can also be used as guard and protection dogs. However, they need a confident person with experience to be their owner, as they tend to test their boundaries all the time.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.