Belgian Sheepdog Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Groenendael, Chien de Berger Belge
  • Size:Medium/Large
  • Ease of Training:High
  • Grooming:Low
  • Shedding:High
  • Exercise Needed:Walk and lots of runs daily
  • Energy Level:High
  • Protection:High, guard dog
  • Good with Children:Yes, when raised with them from a young age
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF
  • Weight:60-65 lbs
  • Height:Male: 24-26, Female: 22-24 inches
  • Coat Colour:Black

Belgian Sheepdog Coat

The Belgian Sheepdog has somewhat of a harsh texture to his coat, but it should be neither silky nor wiry. A full double coat, the outercoat should remain coarse yet soft, and the undercoat should be dense and fluffy.

Belgian Sheepdog Character

Attentive, alert, loving, and smart, the Belgian Sheepdog requires firm socialization at an early age as they tend to be very protective of their owners and territory. Nipping at ankles is a common trait for this breed, as they still possess a strong herding instinct.

Belgian Sheepdog Temperament

This is a very high-energy breed, and should always have a job to do. If not properly entertained or left alone for long periods, this breed can become destructive. The Belgian Sheepdog can do well with children, but can present aggressive behavior towards other dogs. Does well with other household pets if properly socialized.

Belgian Sheepdog Care

Daily combing and/or brushing is required for this long, straight haired breed. Should be brushed down all the way to the undercoat to prevent tangles or matts. The Belgian Sheepdog does shed heavily during warmer seasons, and grooming is particularly important during this time.

Belgian Sheepdog Activity

The Belgian Sheepdog would do best with at least an average sized yard but is given proper exercise, can do well without one. Long brisk walks are required if this breed is to live without a yard. This breed does best when off lead in a safe and fenced in area.

Belgian Sheepdog Health and Life Expectancy

The lifespan of the Belgian Sheepdog is around 10-12 years, and there are a number of health problems that are linked to this breed. This includes thyroid problems, epilepsy, cataracts, pannus, PRA, and HD. Parents of your Belgian Sheepdog puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.