The Belgian Shepherd originated in Belgium and is similar to other sheep herding dogs from that region, including the Dutch Shepherd, the German Shepherd, and the Briard. The Belgian Shepherd dog is the only breed in the world that comes in four varieties: the long-haired black ‘Groenendael’, the long-haired fawn, red or grey ‘Tervueren’, the short-coated red, fawn or grey ‘Malinois’ and the rarer rough-coated reddish fawn ‘Laekenois’.
GROOMING AND PHYSICAL NEEDS
- Coat Type: Medium Long
- Average Life Span: 10-14 years
- Family: Well suited to family life.
- Temperament: The Groenendael is a devoted companion and does not make an ideal kennel dog, as they become bored and destructive. They are very affectionate and totally devoted to their families.
- Trainability: A gentle but consistent approach is the best way to train this dog. They should be socialised from a very early age
- Barking: Medium tendency.
The Belgian wants to join in with everything including doing the washing up, digging the garden etc.
They will protect their home and family but it is not advisable to encourage their guarding instincts when young, as they can get confused and start guarding you in inappropriate situations. Their natural guarding instincts will kick in, if and when necessary.
Stand Number: B102