Full of life and hailing from Belgium, this breed suits single-pet households. The Belgian Shepherd comes in four varieties, the Groenendael, Tervueren, Malinois and Laekenois.
The Belgian Shepherd might be hard to win over, but they are incredibly loyal to their owners. Known for being strong, athletic and large, the Belgian Shepherd also tends to be aloof. However, they are extremely intelligent. Regular training is imperative for a well-behaved, sociable pet, and because they’re so clever, they need mental and physical stimulation daily. Hiking, running, obedience training or dog sports are ideal for this breed.
Fun fact: They are super fast and can run
close to 50km per hour!
Belgian Shepherd puppies are little balls of fluff, but they grow to be quite big so prepare to share your space. Large dwellings with an enclosed yard are ideal. They are very attached and affectionate with their family and suit households with people home during the day. Very energetic, active and alert, a Belgian Shepherd is a great watchdog. While they are loyal and loving to their family, teach young children not to unnecessarily poke and prod them as they don’t take kindly to being teased. They have a high level of shedding that can be reduced by brushing weekly
Scheduled six monthly health checks visit with your vet are important to ensure that your dog is healthy and happy throughout all life stages. Together with your veterinarian, you can determine and maintain a preventative health care program based on the individual needs of your canine companion.
A Belgium Shepherd is a medium- to large-sized breed, weighing between 20 and 30kgs, with a height between 55 and 66cms.
As large dogs, they need space to run around in. A backyard is ideal.
Like a marathon runner, always on the go. A daily walk, run or game of fetch is a must-do for this pet.
Difficulty of Training
Lots of training is essential for a well-behaved dog, however they are super intelligent and will quickly pick up commands.
Known for being great guard dogs, your pet won’t easily make friends and may not be suitable to young children.
Compatibility with other Pets
If introduced early, your new dog will befriend other pets.
Need for Company
Your pet just loves you and wants to spend lots of time playing fetch and exercising!
Hypoallergenic Dog Breed?
Coat and Grooming Needs
Belgian Shepherds have a dual coat. The under layer being thick and soft and the outer is coarse and dense. They are low-maintenance, just brush weekly and bathe when necessary.
They shed a moderate amount of hair.
Tendency to Bark
They have a voice, but won’t often use it unless it’s to say ‘Hello’ at the park or to a stranger.