Thinking about purchasing a Belgian Sheepdog? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Belgian Sheepdog breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Belgian Sheepdog owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Belgian Sheepdog and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Belgian Sheepdog Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Belgian Sheepdog and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Belgian Sheepdog Breed Profile
The Belgian Sheepdog is also known by the name "Groenendael." They are the most popular of the Belgian Shepherd Dogs which consist of the "Belgian Tervuren," "Belgian Malinois," "Belgian Sheepdog" and "Laekenois." All four dogs are spawned from the same breed, and closely resemble each other save for their coats. Belgian Sheepdogs, unlike the Belgian Malinois, has a fluffy thick coat that is completely black. The Groenendael is a medium-large sized dog who lives true to its herding and guarding instincts. Belgian Sheepdogs are graceful, swift, and agile on their feet. The "Chien de Berger Belge", as they are also know, do not tend to be friendly to all people, as they have been used over the centuries as guard dogs and herders and tend to remain quite reserved. It is recommended an owner be an experienced dog person. Although they may not always be friendly to everyone, they are very close and protective to their owners. The Belgian Sheepdog loves to be near its owner, and loves to be used to do a job. A truly well-rounded dog who can captivate your heart by being a devoted, hard-working companion, Belgian Sheepdogs are willing to give all to the ones they love.
Other Names: Groenendael, Chien de Berger Belge
Type: Herding Dog
24 - 26 inches; Females: 22 - 24 inches
black with limited white. Sometimes a frosting occurs on the tips of the hairs.
Usually has white or grey hairs around the muzzle.
Temperament: Belgian Sheepdogs are obedient, loyal, reserved, protective, intelligent, attentive, and very active. If not occupied for a long time, they may turn to mischief for entertainment. The Groenendael, as well as the Tervuren and Laekenois tend to be slightly more snappy than the Malinois. They tend to be one-person dogs, and seem to greatly enjoy being with their owner.
With Children: Yes, Belgian
Sheepdogs are good with their family, but should not rough-house or play chasing
games. May not tolerate other children.
Watch-dog: Very High. Sheepdogs
are very alert and aware of their surroundings.
Care and Training: Daily
combing and brushing of the Belgian Sheepdog's coat is important. Clip out mats
that form particularly in the ruff and on the legs. Clip hair from between their
toes and on the outer ears. Bathe only when necessary. Shedding is bi-annual.
The Belgian Sheepdog is a working dog and needs a lot of exercise, preferably
off the leash as much as possible. Early training will prevent puppies from
developing a sharp temper.
Activity: High. Belgian
Sheepdogs need lots of exercises for continual physical and mental development.
Belgian Sheepdog Health Issues: The Belgian Sheepdogs are free from hereditary diseases a majority of the time, although problems such as epilepsy, hip and elbow dysplasia should be checked out. Possible health issues also include anesthesia sensitivity, cancer, PRA, thyroid problems, eye problems.
Life Span: 10 - 14 years
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
1912 (was registered as the Belgian Sheepdog until 1959)
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Monday, August 19, 2013