Belgian Shepherd Dog Breed Introduction:
The Belgian Shepherd, Also Known as a Belgian Sheepdog, Groenendael or Chien de Berger Belge, is one of eight original breed standards recognized in Belgium.

Belgian Shepherd / Sheepdog

Belgian Shepherd / Sheepdog

Belgian Shepherd Origins and History:
The modern breed was first developed by a Belgium breeder, Nicholas Rose

In the Mid 1950′s it was declared that only the Groenendael could be registered as a Belgium Shepherd/Sheepdog.

Appearance:
Completely black with an abundance of long smooth hair especially around the neck, shoulders and chest. Tail is well feathered and of medium length. Body is roughly square; meaning its length is approximately equal to its height. It also features a deep, well sprung rib cage enabling it to have the higher levels of stamina needed for herding.
The breed also has an athletic muscular build with strong bones, giving it good agility.

Males :55-66 lb / 25-30 kg
Females: 44-55 lb / 20-25 kg
Males : 23.6-26in / 60-66 cm
Females: 22-24.4 in / 56-62 cm

Belgian Shepherd Puppies

Belgian Shepherd Puppies

Temperament:
Common traits of the breed are intelligence and trainability. Like most herding and working dogs, they usually have stronger drive for mental and physical stimulation including higher than average energy levels. Denying them enough exercise can in turn promote destructive behavior.  As such, prospective owners must be prepared to give more effort towards exercise and mental activity. This being said, the breed will excel at activities like Schutzhund, agility and obedience training. If that sounds like a lot, simply teaching and using new commands is a great way to stimulate the dogs mind, at the end of the day it will also come down to the instincts each particular dog has inherited, some stronger than others.

Mortality and Health:
The Belgium Shepherd is generally considered a healthy breed. However care must be taken when selecting a dog as they have been known to suffer from epilepsy, hip dysplasia and skin/eye issues. Make sure you look to reputable breeders that vet check their dogs and have them officially hip and elbow scored, as well as selectively breeding their dogs to minimise any chance that future generations may incur these problems. Typical lifespan is 10-14 years

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