- AKC recognized in 1912
- Lifespan: 12-14 years
- Size: medium
- Energy: high
- Recommended Crate Size: 42” dog crate*
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The Belgian Sheepdog is one of the shepherd dog varieties which were developed in Belgium.
There are four varieties of Belgian shepherd dog which are Malinois, Tervuren, Laekenois, and Belgian Sheepdog.
These Belgian Shepherd dogs are high in energy. They are not the type to laze around because they originally served as working dogs.
Even though they can be a great family companion, their natural instinct as a Shepherd Dog does not disappear, so it is important to ensure supervision with younger family members, as well as appropriate obedience training.
They also require intense daily exercise to keep them happy and healthy.
The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Belgian Sheepdog in 1912.
These high energy dogs are bred to herd livestock.
This dog breed is brave, smart, and alert.
They have great observation skills as a watchdog but his natural herding trait makes him very aware of strangers.
There are lots of factors affecting the temperament of Belgian Sheepdogs such as training, heredity, and socialization. With this in mind, prior to adopting make sure to meet at least one of the parents to make sure that they have a nice temperament.
Belgian Sheepdog is a medium to large-sized dog. Their body height from top to ground should equal to its length without counting the tail.
This dog also has a black nose, square cut muzzle, and both ears are fully erect and pointed.
It is recommended to provide feed formulated to medium-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine the size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a healthy, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.
The Belgian Sheepdog has a double coat. The topcoat has straight and long hair while the undercoat is dense and soft, providing extra protection from the weather.
The Belgian Sheepdog requires 15 to 20 minutes of brushing every week to remove dead hair as well as prevents tangles. Frequent brushing also prevents shredded hair flying all over the house. This double-coated dog sheds all year with one particularly heavy shed.
This dog breed is not the type to laze in front of a TV. They require heavy and intense exercise to keep them healthy and happy.
The Belgian Sheepdog is not suitable for a small house or apartment living because daily walks are not enough for them. They need to jump, run, and play every day. Failure to give them enough exercise will make them become destructive and more prone to unwanted behaviors.
This dog is active and loves to be around people.
Pet Crate Size
Pet Crates Direct recommends a 42” dog crate* for most adult Belgian Sheepdogs.
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