Belgian Laekenois, Belgian Shepherd Dog (Laeken), Chien de Berger Belge
The Belgian Shepherd Dog is an elegant, well-proportioned, medium-sized, square dog. By his majestic carriage and harmony of form, the dog of the Belgian Sheepherders gives the impression of elegant robustness. He is a hardy individual, accustomed to living in the open air and built to resist inclement weather and the atmospheric changes so frequent in the Belgian climate. His elegance and expression denote great strength of character, making him a proud representative of the herding breeds.
The Belgian Shepherd Dog was developed in Belgium as a herding dog to work sheep. He is enthusiastic and remarkably quick. He shows a natural tendency to be in motion. The Belgian was developed for endurance. He must be able to move and tend the flock all day and to guard it from all invaders. In addition to his inborn ability as guardian of the flocks, he is an exceptional watchdog and a tenacious and brave defender of his master and family. He is vigilant, and highly responsive to his owner's direction. He is alert, intelligent and inquisitive. While he is firmly loyal to those he knows and loves, he typically exhibits reserve with strangers.
|Size||Medium to Large|
|Height||Male: 24-26 inches (61–66 cm)Female: 22–24 inches (56–61 cm)|
|Weight||Male: 55–66 pounds (25–30 kg)Female: 44–55 pounds (20–25 kg)|
|Colors||Fawn Red Black & Tan Mahogany Fawn Sable Red Sable|
|Good In Apartments||
The Belgian Laekenois will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is moderately active indoors and will do best with at least an average size yard. This breed prefers cool climates, but adapts well to others. It can live outdoors but would much rather be with his people.
|Good With Children||
Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
|Good With Dogs||
|Good With Cats||
This is a working dog that is accustomed to an active outdoor life. As such it needs a lot of exercise, including a long daily walk. In addition, it will greatly benefit being off the leash as much as possible in a safe area.
Easy Training: The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois is known to listen to commands and obey its owner. Expect fewer repetitions when training this breed.
Low Maintenance: Infrequent grooming is required to maintain upkeep.
Minimal Shedding: Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with hair in their cars and homes.