Belgian Shepherd Dog
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.