Today, for the most part, Belgian Sheepdogs are no longer working as herding dogs. None the less, they enjoy a job to do and excel in tracking, competitive obedience, police work, search and rescue, assistance and therapy work.
Potential owners should be prepared to provide vigorous walks on a daily basis, coupled with frequent opportunities for other energetic activities, as the ideal.
In addition, running off leash in a safe open area whenever possible, will be greatly enjoyed.
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Personality and Traits
Consistent with most breeds of herding dogs, their nature is inherently alert and protective. These traits make them viligant watch and guard dogs, though not aggressive.
The Belgian is gentle, affectionate and friendly, seeks attention and is eager to please his master. He does best
with owners who are experienced, capable of providing strong leadership and training, but without
Early socialization to people, a variety of venues and situations, is very desirable.
Appearance, Coat and Care:
Weight: 61-66 pounds
Color Variations: Black, or may have patches of white on forechest, on chin and muzzle, on tips of rear toes and between pads of feet.
The medium textured coat is straight, abundant and long, being especially thick around the neck like a collar. The coat also forms a fringe on the back of the forelegs as well as the hindquarters.
Maintenance involves daily brushing to remove loose hair and prevent mats from forming. Heavy seasonal shedding occurs a couple of times a year.
While he enjoys being be outside for short periods of time - preferably with you, he mostly want to be inside or wherever the family is.
As with any breed of dog, it is recommended that interactions between pets and children should always be supervised.
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