Belgian Sheepdog Madision at age 9-photo by ITGoddess.com

Belgian Sheepdog Madison at age 9-photo by ITGoddess.com

Belgian Shepherd Sheepdog (Groenendael)

Height: Male: 24-26; Female: 22-24 inches

Weight: 60-65 pounds

Coat: The texture should be hard and dense, never woolly, silky, frizzy, fine, or wiry. A full thin double coat, the outercoat should remain coarse yet soft, and the undercoat should be dense and fluffy.

Color: Completely black, or may be black with a limited amount of white. There may be a white patch or strip on the forechest, between pads of feet, on the tips of the hind toes, chin, or muzzle.

Appearance: The first impression of the Belgian Sheepdog is that of a well-balanced, square dog, elegant in appearance, with an exceedingly proud carriage of the head and neck. He is a strong, agile, well-muscled animal, alert and full of life. His whole conformation gives the impression of depth and solidity without bulkiness. The male is more grand then the female who should have a distinct feminine look.

Temperament: The Belgian Sheepdog is intelligent, courageous, alert and devoted to his or her master. As an instinctual guardian of flocks they be protective of their master & property. They are watchful, attentive, and always in motion when not under command. They are observant and vigilant with strangers, but not apprehensive & should not show fear or shyness. Belgian Sheep dogs should not show viciousness by unwarranted or unprovoked attack. With those he knows well, he is most affectionate and friendly, zealous of their attention.

Health: This breed has no major health concerns and has a life expectancy of about 13-14 years. Some minor concerns that have been seen are epilepsy, skin allergies, eye problems, excessive shyness, excessive aggressiveness and occasionally seen hip & elbow dysplasia.  Do not overfeed this breed, for it has a tendency to become obese and lazy.

Famous Belgian Shepherd Sheepdog (Groenendael)

Piccard D’Uccle- Perhaps the most famous Belgian Sheepdog who was acquired in 1897 and considered by many to be the father of the breed.

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