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• High energy level
• High exercise needs
• Very playful
• Mildly Affectionate
• Friendly towards other dogs
• Friendly around other pets
• Shy around strangers
• Difficult to train
• Great watchdogs
• Very protective
• Low grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat and cold
Distinguished in appearance, strong, alert and protective, the Belgian sheepdog is popular for a variety of its desirable qualities. The beautiful black coat helps this proud-looking dog stand out from other sheepdogs with its distinctive nature and personality.
Like other herding breeds, this dog makes an excellent watchdog for the family he is part of. He tends to be more aggressive towards other animals, and is not particularly friendly towards strangers.
This breed is friendly and playful with its owner and family, and is not known for being vicious or aggressive to people but can be aggressive towards other animals.
Belgian sheepdogs are capable of living in cool climates but are much happier if they have a yard to play in during the daytime. However, it is also important that this breed shares time inside with its family. A walk is generally not enough, and this dog does best with a run or a long play session to burn off energy.
Because of its double coat, the Belgian sheepdog requires a brush or comb twice a week and even more often when shedding.
Originally named the Groenendael after the first breeder of the Belgian shepherd, this dog has worked both as a farm dog, herder, police dog, messenger and even to pull machine guns during World War I. During the Great Depression their popularity declined in the US, but returned once they were recognized separately from the other two Belgian shepherd.
In 1959 that the three different breeds of Belgian shepherds were given distinct breed recognition, and the Belgian sheepdog was official.
One of three Belgian breeds, this particular dog, with its unique coat and versatility has become a popular choice for many purposes.