Thinking about purchasing an Laekenois? 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 Laekenois 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 Laekenois 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 Laekenois 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 Laekenois 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 Laekenois and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
The Laekenois is one of the four Belgian shepherd dogs, but is not widely recognized outside their homeland. They are the rarest of the Belgian shepherds, and in the U.S. they are the only Belgian shepherd dog not recognized by the AKC. In addition, the four Belgian breeds are only recognized as separate breeds in the U.S.and Belgium; in every other country the four breeds are considered one, with four different variations. Laekenois are identified by their rough and wiry coat, as opposed to the smooth and fluffy coats of their counterparts. They are medium sized dogs, with prick ears and are fawn to mahogany in coloring. Belgian Laekenois are almost identical to the other Belgian Shepherd Dogs, except for their curly coat. They are shaggy looking and sometimes have a black face. The Laekenois is obedient, friendly and loyal to its family. They are good watchdogs and guard dogs as well, but will not attack unless they or one of their own is directly threatened. They are somewhat domineering in attitude, and a potential owner should recognize that they need to begin training early in order to be the "top dog" in the relationship. This breed is said to snap the least out of its cousins, the Groenendael, Tervuren and Malinois.
Females: 22 - 24 inches; Males: 24 - 26 inches.
fawn to mahogany coloring with black shading, principally on muzzle and tail.
are obedient, loyal, and good watch dogs. They will alert their owners of
something unusual, and will make good guard dogs if called upon. They will
only attack if there is a true threat, however. The Laekenois is agile,
versatile and can be dominant to other pets and to its owner. Training early
in life is needed. The breed is also sturdy, very trainable, and loves the
outdoors, nomatter what the weather.
Watch-dog: Very High.
The Laekenois is very alert and aware of its surroundings.
Laekenois Care and Training:
Daily combing and brushing of the Laekenois' 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-annually.
they are a working dog and need a lot of exercise, preferably off the leash
as much as possible. Early training will prevent puppies from developing a sharp
temper. Herding games or a job to do are excellent sources of exercise.
Laekenois need a lot of exercise, as they are programmed to run and herd.
Laekenois Health Issues: Epilepsy, anesthesia sensitivity, cancer, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), thyroid problems, excessive shyness, eye problems, and hip and elbow dysplasia.
Life Span: 12 - 14 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC: FSS
(Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible for the AKC)
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