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To most of the world, the Belgian Sheepdog is known
as the Groenendae or Chien de Berger Beige. This
breed, which can be traced back to the 1800s, is
the most popular of the four varieties of Belgian
Sheepdogs - Tervueren, Malinois and Laekenois.
The Belgian Sheepdog is elegant, well-muscled, high-spirited
and lovable. Because of its intelligence and trainability,
Belgian Sheepdogs were utilized by Paris police,
New York police and for Belgian border control.
They were also used during both World Wars and search
The Belgian Sheepdog Club of America was formed
in 1919, but its popularity dwindled during the
Great Depression and the club ceased to exist. Since
1949 when the Club was re-formed, interest and popularity
has remained constant in the United States.
Weight: The height
for a Belgian Sheepdog (Groenendael) is 24-26 inches
Weight: The weight
for a Belgian Sheepdog (Groenendael) is 65-75 pounds
Coat Type: The
Belgian Sheepdog's coat has long, straight hair
on most the body; short hair on the head, face,
ears, lower part of the legs, except on the back
of the forelegs. Around the Belgian Sheepdog's neck
and chest, the hair is long and plentiful. Double
coat - outer is heavy and under is dense. The Belgian
Sheepdog sheds all year with heavy shedding twice
Color: The color
of the Belgian Sheepdog's coat is black, but also
can have small to moderate patch of white on the
fore chest, between pads of feet or on tips of front
toes. There may also be white or gray frosting on
Belgian Sheepdog is intelligent, obedient and alert.
This breed is protective of its master and family.
Belgian Sheepdog's are apprehensive of strangers,
but they are not shy, nor are they vicious even
if provoked or attacked. Belgian Sheepdogs are courageous,
good with children, loyal and affectionate with
those he knows well.
Health: The Belgian
Sheepdog does not have any major health issues.
Minor concerns include eye problems, skin allergies,
epilepsy, hip & elbow dysplasia. Life expectancy
for a Belgian Sheepdog is about 13 - 14 years.
• These dogs are one of the four varieties
of Belgian Sheepdogs - Tervueren, Malinois and Laekenois.
• The AKC will only allow the Groenendael
to be registered as a Belgian Sheepdog - if it has
three generations of Groenendael ancestors. This
rule went into effect in 1959.
• The Belgian Sheepdog was used in WWI as
ambulance dogs, message carriers and for pulling
AKC: Group 7 - Herding Group
CKC: Herding Group
KC: Pastoral Group
UKC: Herding Group