Belgian Sheepdog...

 

Belgian Shepherd Dog (also know as the Belgian Sheepdog or Chien de Berger Belge) can refer to any of four varieties of dog: the Groenendael, the Laekenois, the Tervuren, or the Malinois. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes only the Groenendael under the name "Belgian Sheepdog", but also recognizes the Tervuren (with the alternative spelling "Tervueren") and the Malinois as individual breeds. In some regions, these are considered four different varieties of a single breed; in other regions, they are considered separate breeds. All are hard-working, intelligent dogs of the same general size and temperament. Belgian Shepherds are bred to be highly intelligent, alert and sensitive to everything going on around them, and to develop extremely strong relationship bonds. This means that they need significant socializing as puppies, lifelong activity outlets, and will seek to be with "their human" all the time, preferably doing something rather than waiting around.

The Belgian coat is somewhat like that of a rough-coated Collie with its long, fairly harsh guard hairs and dense soft undercoat. The outercoat must not be silky or wiry and must lay with the contours of the body. They differ in their coats and superficially in appearance. The Belgian Shepherd Dog requires daily combing and brushing. Extra care should be given when the dog is shedding. Clip out mats that form, particularly in the ruff and on the legs, and clip hair from between the toes and on the outer ears.

Belgian Sheepdog

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