Country of Origin: Belgium
Life Span: 10-12 years
Bred For: Herding
Coat: Long and straight
Height: Male: 24-26″ Female: 22-24″
Weight: Male: 55-75lb Female: 40-60lb
The Belgian Sheepdog was known as the Groenendael variation of the Belgian Shepherd, or Chiens de Berger BeIge, as with all of the Belgian shepherds, it was a working dog suppose to herd and guard. It diverged from the other Belgian breeds in that it had a long black coat. In 1910 these dogs were formally named Groenendael after the kennel that had by selection bred the black dogs since 1893. By this time the Belgian Sheepdog had acquired a lot of esteem as a police force dog breed, and was already utilized in this capacity in the United States. In the First World War they carried on shinning as lookout dogs, messengers, and draft dogs. They once more arose to the challenge of military service during World War II. In 1959 the 3 Belgian shepherd dog breeds were split into individual dog breeds.
Belgian Sheepdogs are very rascally, intelligent, vigilant. and protective. They’re reserved with unknown people or animals, and can be hostile towards other animals and dogs. Some Belgian Sheepdogs can be tyrannizing. They’re very clever and, compliant. However independent. They’re extemely protective of the family and home.
This dog breed requires a great deal of energetic physical exercise every day. They also benefit from intellectual challenges. The double coat of this breed requires brushing and combing several times per week, more when the dog is shedding.
Health concerns with this dog breed are seizures and allergies. The hips of the Belgian Sheepdog should be tested.