The Belgian Sheepdog, a member of the AKC Herding group, is also known as the Groenendael in most parts of the world and renowned for his beautiful longhaired black coat. This dog breed needs extensive socialization from an early age - socialize, socialize, socialize.
They are not the best dog for apartment dwellers. They need a lot of exercise and a safe place to play within fenced confinement.
They prefer a job to do, BTW. Do not overfeed this dog breed because it has can become obese and lazy. The Groenendael are excellent dogs for working or competitive obedience. They also make excellent police and guard dogs.
The Belgian Shepherd has a lot of energy and needs a job to do to use it up effectively. They also make superb assistance dogs and thrive on their jobs helping their chosen person.
Belgian Shepherds need mental stimulation as much, if not more so, than physical activity. Also, they strongly lean toward being a "one person dog."
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They are affectionate and friendly. He can be very possessive of his family and desires their attention. He possesses the qualities of intelligence, courage, alertness, and devotion to master.
The Belgian Sheepdog is a seasonal, heavy shedder. Expect them to shed heavily twice a year with some additional shedding throughout the year. Regular grooming will help keep the coat in top shape.
These dogs are one of four types of Belgian sheep herding dogs registered in Belgium and France. The other varieties are the Tervuren (longhaired fawn), Malinios (shorthaired fawn) and Laekenois (wirehaired).
Country of origin: Belgium Lifespan: 10-13 years Colors: Solid black Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, skin problems, eye problems, epilepsy