Officers & Directors
Kent, President ADSA
Kent Rupprecht is a founding member of the AKC breed club the American Dutch Shepherd Association and its predecessor the Dutch Shepherd Club of North America. He started searching for his first Dutch Shepherd back in 2000, after a failed attempt in 2001 to import a puppy, he traveled the Netherlands to attend 2002 World Dog Show and meet breeders. He returned in October of 2002 to pick up his first Longhaired Dutch Shepherd, only the third Longhaired dog to come to the United States. He return to the Netherlands in 2006 to pick up a second puppy. In 2019 he imported a bitch he hopes to breed with in the future. Over the years he has had FCI and UKC conformation champions, whelped three litters, and had dogs titled in CGC, CAT, Farm Dog and Herding instinct. Kent is committed to the mission of the ADSA to promote and protect quality and versatility in the purebred Dutch Shepherd, to educate members and others about the breed, to encourage the highest standards of ownership and breeding, and to strive to bring the breed’s natural qualities to perfection.
Molly, Vice President ADSA
Molly McGreevy got involved with the Dutch Shepherd when she bought her first working line Short hair Dutch Shepherd mix in 2006, her second one was in 2009. After a serious illness in 2015, Molly decided to focus on her dream of dog shows with a long hair Dutch Shepherd. She searched for several years on many waiting lists. In 2016 she got on another waiting list only this time she imported her dream puppy. Molly enjoys dog shows and dog sports and her first show dog has her Certificate of Merit and her Farm Dog Certification, and won best of variety at The National Specialty in 2019. Molly enjoys rally obedience, sheep herding and dock diving with her dogs. Her Long hair Dutch Shepherd had her 1st litter in 2020, 6 puppies. She loved the experience raising puppies and hopes to continue showing and breeding Long Hair Dutch Shepherds in the future. Preserving and protecting the breed in all 3 varieties is a mission that she strongly believes in.
Tracy, Treasurer ADSA & Secretary ADSA
Tracy Kaecker acts as Treasurer for the American Dutch Shepherd Association. She discovered Dutch Shepherds after seeing a long hair at a dog show in 2014. Having been involved in German shepherd dogs for 20 years, she was intrigued by the looks and attitude of the Dutch Shepherd. After doing some research and contacting FCI breeders, she was put on a waiting list and acquired her first Dutch Shepherd from Finland in 2015. This bitch was the first Dutch Shepherd to earn the AKC Certificate of Merit title. She also became the foundation for Tracy’s breeding program under the kennel name Traka. Tracy’s fiancé, Franklin Williams, became smitten with the breed himself, and acquired his first puppy from Blackfrost Shepherds in Michigan. The parents of this puppy were coincidently, the dogs that attracted Tracy’s attention at the dog show in 2014. Tracy and Franklin have subsequently imported another bitch from Finland and a male from The Netherlands. Tracy bred her first litter of Dutch Shepherds in 2019 and the pick male has also earned his AKC Certificate of Merit. Tracy has trained and/or competed with her Dutch Shepherds in conformation, herding, FastCAT and nosework.
Nellie, Director-at-Large ADSA
Nellie Nugteren has been secretary to the Dutch Breedclub from 1997 till
2005 and was voted in as president of the club in 2014 and is still holding that position. She got her first Dutch Shepherd shorthair in 1989 and has owned short-, long- and roughhaired DS at the same time. She has bred RH and SH litters. She has done agility, obedience and search training for fun more than competition. She has met quite a lot of breeders and owners in Europe and the United States and has attended Clubshows in Europe as well as the Specialties in the USA. She is committed to connect Dutch Shepherd owners wherever they live and is committed to educate owners and other about this breed, promote the Dutch Shepherd and encourage breeders keep the highest standards in breeding to preserve the breed’s natural qualities and beauty.
Anita, Director-at-Large ADSA
I’m Anita. I had the blessing of bringing our first Rough Coated Dutch Shepherd into our family in 2005. At the time, we lived in Germany. We took our pup with us when we returned to the US with a short stop in South Korea for 8 months. Delilah impressed everyone wherever we went with her wonderful temperament and uniqueness. Once we returned to the US and settled in North Carolina, we sought out and imported our male, Kobus. They had two litters together with a total of 9 puppies. I have been a part of the American Dutch Shepherd Club and its previous club since we began. I believe in the club’s mission to protect this breed and keep it pure through educating the public, encouraging breeder ethics, promoting a good example of the breed and in providing the best home possible for my own dogs. I have enjoyed a time or two in the show ring, herding, tracking, hiking and general farm dog tasks with my dogs over the years. We lost Delilah at age 15 last year and Kobus will be 14 in September. At the moment, he is the oldest Dutch Shepherd in the US and thankfully still going strong. I love this breed, I have enjoyed the people I have met and connections I have made through having Dutch Shepherds and I would love to encourage others to get involved.
Milo, Director-at-Large ADSA
Milo Crisler is a newer member of the American Dutch shepherd association. Their love of Dutch Shepherds began with their first Dutch Shepherd, a shorthair male named Breezy. Although Breezy was not a reputably bred Dutch Shepherd, his character and spirit sparked a love for the breed. Milo quickly began searching for their next Dutch Shepherds and welcomed another shorthair male to their home in 2019, Invictus von der Schäfers Weg. In 2020 they reached out to breeders in Europe for an older puppy to import and brought Phoebe du Royaume de Locksley-a spunky shorthair female-Now called “Louise” to the United States. Milo however has also fallen in love with the rough hair variety of Dutch Shepherds and hopes to import a female puppy in the future. Milo has a career in handling working dogs but prefers to pursue casual sports with their personal dogs such as barn hunt, fastcat, and dock diving. They also have plans to pursue therapy work with their dutchies as well as training for service dog work in the future. Although Milo has the most personal experience in the shorthair variety, in the future they intend to focus on preserving and promoting the rough hair variety.