The Belgian Sheepdog is a medium-sized breed, original from Belgium. He started as a herd sheep and then moved on to becoming a police dog. Today, this versatile dog can be found in many work areas and sports.
Four varieties of shepherd dogs were developed in Belgium in the late 1800s. The Belgian Sheepdog is one of them. The other three are the Malinois, the Tervure, and the Laekenois. The Belgian Sheepdog was known as Groenendael.
These dogs were very important during WWI as they served as message carriers, ambulance dogs, and carrying guns. Today, they still have the distinguishable working ability.
The coat is all black or a white and black combination. The standard does establish some limitations to the white markings, though. His build is somewhat square. The body is strongly built. The males are 24 to 26 inches tall while females stand at 22 to 24 inches. The weight in males is 65 to 70 pounds and the females 60 to 70 pounds.
The Belgian Sheepdog is bright, smart, alert, and always ready for action. It is normal to see him always walking or engaged in some activity. He is devoted to his family but his sheep-herding nature makes him distrustful of strangers. This makes them excellent watch dogs. He is kind and affectionate to family members. They do not like to be left alone but instead love to take part in the family´s activities.
Caring for a Belgian Sheepdog
This dog requires at least one hour of walk. He is an indoor/outdoor pet. You should keep him indoors but also provide him with a fenced yard for him to run around. Take him to run or jog with you; he will make a great companion.
You need to train the Belgian Sheepdog in obedience. Early socialization is important for this breed since not being nice with strangers can turn into aggressive behavior.
This dog is a highly intelligent dog that is easy to train. However, he is also independent, which means that you need to earn his trust and respect. This is not achieved through force or harsh treatment.
- If you do not provide enough physical and mental stimulation, he will get bored and that will most probably end up costing you money.
- These dogs are shedders.
- Not recommended for first-time owners.