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Belgian Sheepdogs - Smart, Loyal and Intelligent
By: Tippy & Alfred
The Belgian Sheepdog, or Belgian Shepherd or Groenendaelis,
is a muscular, solidly built black dog that is very agile
and heavy. They also have a proud carriage and are squarely
proportioned. These dogs have a very elegant look about
them. They are herding dogs which makes them independent,
smart and obedient.
The coat of the Belgian Sheepdog is moderately long and full
with a thick undercoat and a neck ruff. The legs, tail and
undersides of the coat are also feathery. These dogs are
black and this is the only color that is accepted. They are
allowed to have a little white on their chest, chin and
toes. The lower legs and face are covered with short hair.
The eyes are brown and almond-shaped. The nose is black.
They have erect triangular ears and a long tapering muzzle.
The muzzle shouldn't be very pointy. The skull is flat and
should be on the same parallel plane as the muzzle. The lips
should be tight and the teeth should come together in a
level or scissors bite.
The tail is long and should reach at least to the hocks. The
chest is deep, reaching to the elbows, but it is average
otherwise. The back legs are muscular but do not look heavy.
The front legs are parallel to each other and very straight
and have round cat like feet. The dewclaws should be removed
from the back legs but removing the front leg dewclaws is
On average the height of the male dog can reach between
twenty-four and twenty-six inches (sixty-one to sixty-six
centimeters) and weight between sixty-five and seventy-five
pounds (thirty to thirty-four kilograms). The female dog can
reach between twenty-two and twenty-four inches (fifty-six
to sixty-one centimeters) in height and weigh between sixty
and seventy pounds (twenty-seven to thirty-two kilograms).
They typically live thirteen to fourteen years.
This dog is a working dog and is bred to and accustomed to
work outdoors. They need long daily walks and in safe places
can be let off of the leash as they are obedient and
attentive to their masters. The Belgian Sheepdog prefers to
be with its people although it can be outdoors alone for a
time. They do best with in a house with a moderately sized
The Belgian Sheepdog as a breed doesn't have any major
health concerns. There are some minor concerns that pop up
in individuals such as eye problems, epilepsy and skin
allergies. If not properly socialized this dog can become
overly aggressive or shy. Occasionally elbow dysplasia and
hip dysplasia may occur in individuals.
Information on the Belgian Sheepdog - Advice on Feeding
Jane R. Bicks, D.V.M
All the hair the Belgian Sheepdog has requires an
alternative high quality food that has a high quality
It should be given by portion controlled free feeding.
See my recommendation for the Perfect Snack and
Food for your Belgian Sheepdog to nibble on:
Belgian Sheepdog Cuisine Here
Don't be concerned about the coarseness of the
hair, that's normal.
Brewer's yeast and garlic can be given as healthy
fur treats, particularly in the summertime.
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