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Belgian Shepherd Dog

Four musketeers serving humanity

Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)

Original Name : Chien de Berger Belge

Type : Lupoid

Male size : 24½ inches (lower tolerance ¾ inch, upper tolerance 1½ inches)

Male weight : 55-66 lbs

Female size : 22¾ inches (lower tolerance ¾ inch, upper tolerance 1½ inches)

Female weight : Around 44-55 lbs

Degree of grooming :

Countries of origin : Belgium


Belgian Shepherd Dogs form a separate little family of four distinct dogs – the long-haired Groenendael and Tervueren, the short-haired Malinois and the rough-haired Laekenois. All four are well-balanced, medium-sized animals that blend elegance and power, with lean, strong muscles and a generally square shape. All four are, hardy animals that are used to living outdoors and built to withstand the whims of Belgian weather. The harmony of their proportions and the way they carry their head high give Belgian Shepherd Dogs the air of elegant robustness that has become the privilege of this working breed.


Carried high, long without exaggeration, straight lines, well chiseled and lean.



Powerful without heaviness, the length from the point of the shoulder to the point of the buttocks is approximately the same as the height at the withers.



Groenendael uniform black, Tervueren fawn with black overlay and gray with black overlay, with black mask, Malinois fawn with black overlay with black mask, Laekenois fawn with traces of black overlay, mainly on the muzzle and tail.



Rather small, set high, clearly triangular, well rounded outer ear, pointed tip, rigid, carried erect and vertical when the dog is alert.



Well set, strong at the base, of medium length, reaching at least to the hock and preferably farther down



Groenendael and Tervueren are long-haired, Malinois is short-haired and Laekenois is rough-haired.


Belgian Shepherd Dogs are attentive and active dogs that are full of life and always ready to spring into action. As well as an in-bred aptitude to guard flocks, they are also excellent watchdogs. They will certainly defend their human companions with tenacity and ardor. These animals have all the qualities needed to be a good shepherd, guard, defense, and service dog. Their lively and alert temperament and confident nature, free from all anxiety or aggression, must be perceptible in their body language and the proud, attentive expression of their flashing eyes. When judging these dogs, be sure to take their calmness and hardiness into consideration.The breed was officially shaped between 1891 and 1897. The first breed club was formed in Brussels September 29, 1891. By November 15 of that same year, Professor A. Reul had put 117 dogs through their paces to identify the best specimens. The selection program was laid down in subsequent years.

Did you know ?

Lightning fast? Certainly, when in motion they are able to suddenly change direction at full pelt. Due to their exuberance and desire to guard and protect, they have a clear inclination to move in circles.


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