Belgian Sheepdogs are muscular and solid, with a proud carriage.
The four varieties take their names from geographical locations in Belgium; all working farm dogs who herd and guard. The Groenendael is known as the Chien de Berger Belge or standard Belgian Sheepdog.
- An affectionate and friendly dog, playful, and alert but also independent and intense.
- They are protective dogs, possessive of family, and may be aloof with strangers.
- Males – 24 to 26 inches in height, 65 to 75 pounds
- Females Ã± 22 to 24 inches in height, 55 to 70 pounds
- Four distinct coats: Groenendael (long, shimmering black coat); Tervuren (long coat that is typically mahogany or red); Malinois (short-haired); and Laekenois (wire-haired)
- Shed seasonally but not regularly
- Their coat should be brushed at least twice a week
- Need a lot of exercise, including daily long jogs or other strenuous activity
- They should not be confined to small living spaces
- No major health concerns with this breed, only occasional hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia.
- 12 – 14 years