Belgian Sheepdog

Breed Rating

family friendly:
Dog friendly:
Watch/guard dog:
Affection / Dependance:
Exercise needed:
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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Herding    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


Size: Large     Weight: 65-75 lbs     Fur length: Long    Ears: Pointy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Black


Life Expectancy: About 12 – 14 years    Rarity: Uncommon    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Belgian Sheepdog, also known as the Groenendael or Belgian Shepherd dog, is one of the four Belgian Sheepdog breeds. In some parts of the world the four breeds (Groenendael, Laekenois, Malinois and Tervuren) are considered as the same breed, but the AKC recognized in 1959 the Groenendael, the Malinois and the Tervuren as separated breeds but not the Laekenois.

The Belgian Sheepdog was first developed by Nicholas Rose, a breeder from Groenendael, a little village in Britain, and made a kennel for his new breed.


The Belgian Sheepdog may be completely black, or black with white spots (small patch or stripe on the chest, at the end of toes, and on the chin and muzzle.


The Belgian Sheepdog has a long, straight and dense coat. The hairs are moderately harsh. The undercoat is extremely dense and adapts to all climatic conditions. On the head, the ears and the legs, the hairs are shorter. Longer hairs around the neck form a mane.


The Belgian Sheepdog is a very intelligent and obedient dog. Devoted, loyal and extremely territorial, this dog is very protective with its family and makes a great guard dog. They make excellent alert police dogs, which is their first utility. The Belgian Sheepdog is serious, observant and may be shy with some strangers. Because of its herding instinct, this dog may try to herd some of the family members by nipping the people's heels. This breed is good with children and will be affectionate and friendly with those it loves. Courageous and dominant, it might not get along well with other dogs. It's a possessive dog, but must never show viciousness.


The Belgian Sheepdog is a very healthy breed. However, there are some minor concerns like epilepsy, eye problems, and skin allergies. This breed has a very low rate of hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. This dog must never be overfed, or it may become obese.


Because of its high protective instinct, it's important to socialize this dog from an early age. This breed needs firm training from an experienced owner. However, harsh training is unnecessary because the dog may become uncooperative. The Belgian Sheepdog is good for obedience competition.


Accustomed to an active outdoor life the Belgian Sheepdog needs a lot of regular exercise off the leash. This breed needs a lot of mental challenges.

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