Belgian Sheepdog

The Belgian sheepdog was developed in the late 1800s. Originating in the country of Belgium, the sheepdog is one of four original varieties of shepherds: Malinois, Tervuren, Laekenois, and Belgian. Today, the all of these dogs are recognized as separate breeds by the American Kennel Club (AKC) except the Laekenois. The United Kennel Club (UKC) groups all four of these dogs together. In the early 1900s, this breed was used as a police dog in New York and Paris. They were used as customs dogs in their home country of Belgium. After World War I, the dogs gained popularity in the United States. Today, they are rarely used as police dogs, but they excel in performance sports.

Originally bred for herding, the Belgian sheepdog is alert, fast and tireless. This dog breed shows great endurance and is bred to herd for long hours. It has a dense undercoat and a woolly, dense outer coat with long hair. Personality: These are alert and protective dogs that are fearless when it comes to protecting their family. They are playful and affectionate towards their families, but they can also become intense and destructive. They have high energy and need proper, intense daily exercise to prevent them from becoming bored and frustrated. They are independent thinkers and can be reserved towards strangers and aggressive towards other dogs and animals.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Europe
Family
Life Span
10-12 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Belgian Shepherd Groenendael, Belgian Sheepdog

Belgian Sheepdog Build Information

Size
Medium
Length (Male)
22-27 in.
Length (Female)
22-24 in.
Weight
> 65 lbs
Litter Size
5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
No
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

Originally bred for herding, the Belgian sheepdog is alert, fast and tireless. This dog breed shows great endurance and is bred to herd for long hours. It has a dense undercoat and a woolly, dense outer coat with long hair.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

These are alert and protective dogs that are fearless when it comes to protecting their family. They are playful and affectionate towards their families, but they can also become intense and destructive. They have high energy and need proper, intense daily exercise to prevent them from becoming bored and frustrated. They are independent thinkers and can be reserved towards strangers and aggressive towards other dogs and animals.

Appearance

Colors
Black Fawn Gray Mahogany
Shedding
Moderate
Grooming
Medium Maintenance
Coat Type
Dense

The Belgian sheepdog does not need professional grooming, but it does need to be brushed several times per week. The long, double coat tangles and mats easily. It is generally recommended that you purchase three types of combs: a pin brush, a shedding rake, and a mat comb.

Because the Belgian sheepdog has different types and lengths of hair covering its body, having these tools makes it easier to keep the coat healthy.

Nails should be trimmed regularly if your dog does not wear them down on its own. Ears should be cleaned weekly, and teeth should be brushed daily.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Hard
Hunting Companion
No
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
Yes
Retrieving Skills
Yes
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
Yes
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
Yes
Police Performer
Yes
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
Yes
Possible Schutzhund Work
Yes
Trainable for Tricks
Yes
  • The Belgian sheepdog is not known by any other names, but it is commonly confused with dog breeds that look similar
  • When picking out your puppy, choose the dog that isn't sitting in the corner and the one that isn't jumping in your face
  • The middle-of-the-road puppy is your best bet
  • The breed has a high prey drive
  • Obedience training is critical with this breed if you want to keep it under control as an adult
  • These dogs are sensitive
  • Training must be done in a gentle, positive manner
  • This breed is not recommended for a first time dog owner
  • Belgian sheepdogs are very people oriented and make excellent family pets

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Common Health Conditions in Belgian Sheepdogs

Belgian sheepdogs are prone to several different health issues. These include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy, cancer, and hypothyroidism. Belgian sheepdogs are also known to be more sensitive to anesthesia than other breeds. If your veterinarian isn\'t familiar with the breed, be sure to point this out before your dog has any type of procedure.

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When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.

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