Belgian Sheepdog

Dog Breed Profile
Belgian Sheepdog

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Stats:
• 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

Overview:

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.

  • Best suited to dividing time between outside and inside the home
  • No major health concerns or testing
  • Grooming needs include twice a week brushing or combing, more when shedding.
  • Once trained has a great relationship with family members, young and old, and make great watchdogs
  • They can get along with other family pets but do not take kindly to strange dogs and people they are unfamiliar with
  • The average size of a male is 55 to 75lbs and 24 to 26 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 40 to 60lbs and 22 to 24 inches tall

Care & Health:

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.

Major Health Concerns:

–none

Minor Health Concerns:

–epilepsy and skin allergies and occasionally CHD (Canine Hip Dysplasia),

Test for:

–nothing

Life Span:

– 10 to 12 years

Breed History:

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.

  • Family history is herding and livestock
  • Originally from Belgium
  • Origin in the 1800’s
  • Original purpose was stock herding
  • Today they are used as herding trials, schutzhund
  • Also known as Groenendael, chien de bergerBelge