Non-sporting Breeds

Belgian Shepherd Dog

Belgian Shepherd Dog
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 24-26 in (61-66cm) Bitch: 22-24 in (56-61 cm)
Weight: 62 lb (28kg)
Coat: Groenendael & Tervueren: long, straight, and abundant, with an extremely dense undercoat Malinois: very short on head, exterior of ears, and lower parts of legs; short on rest of body Laekenois: harsh, wiry, and dry
Color: Groenendael: black; black with limited white (small to moderate patch or strip on chest, between pads of feet, and on tips of hind toes); frosting (white or gray) on muzzle Tervueren: all shades of red, fawn, gray, with black overlap Malinois: all shades of red, fawn, gray, with black overlap Laekenois: reddish fawn with black shading, principally on muzzle and tail

This breed includes four varieties: the Groenendael (long-coated black), the Tervueren (long-coated other than black), the Malinois (smooth-coated), and the Laekenois (wire-coated). All were developed from the many sheepdogs of varying colors and sizes that existed in Belgium toward the end of the 19th century. They are recognized as separate breeds everywhere except in the UK. The medium-sized, well-proportioned, intelligent, and attentive Belgian Shepherd Dog works well in obedience trials and makes an excellent guard. It is very protective, and can be kept in the home provided time is set aside for early training. It needs plenty of exercise and regular grooming.
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