|Height:||Male: 24-26 Inches, Female: 22-24 Inches|
|Weight:||Male: 55-75 pounds, Female: 40-60 pounds|
|AKC recognized in:||1912|
Ranging in size from medium to large, the Belgian sheepdog originated from Belgium and has been bred in the past because of its ability to follow commands and the general usefulness which the dog has when it comes to farm work, herding, and other rural tasks in the past. Today, this type of dog is often used as a household pet because of its beautiful mane and an elegant and elongated face which many people find attractive. In some areas, it is still used for herding purposes, especially in some European countries where livelihood remains agricultural and animal husbandry based, and where the Belgian sheepdog remains an important aspect of daily work.
The Belgian Sheepdog has been known by several other names, including Belgian Shepherd, Groenendael, and Chien de Berger Belge.
|Belgian Sheepdog Summary|
|Ease of Training|
|Friendliness : Children|
|Friendliness: Other Animals|
|Friendliness: Other Pets|
An eager and very social creature, the Belgian sheepdog is characterized by its intelligence which has been used to train it for various tasks. Beginning at birth, the puppies are very social and will often amble up to people. because of the animal's intelligence, it is also very sensitive when it comes to training, and should not be punished negatively in order to train it, since the approach often backfires and scars the dog emotionally, rendering them unresponsive to further training. Positive incentives such as treats and a good old pat on the back work effectively for these types of dogs, however.
In general, these dogs should receive professional training since they require intellectual stimulation in the first place. Agility as well as obedience training ore some of the exercises that are best suited for these types of dogs, and while the pet owners themselves can study and prepare for training, it is highly recommended that the dogs are enrolled in the local dog school for the most effective and successful training.
These dogs are also very easily bored and should receive a variety of trainings, since too much repetition will only make these creatures unresponsive in the long run.
Health and Exercise
The Belgian sheepdog can weigh anywhere from 40 to 75 pounds, and sometimes even more, depending on the training, exercise, and the types of food that are given to these dogs. They have a lifespan ranging from 10 to 12 years, and are generally very active throughout their lives. In terms of exercise, the Belgian sheepdog should receive sufficient strenuous activity on a regular basis to make them calm and relaxed enough to be indoor creatures. Plenty of walks in the park as well as around the neighborhood are necessary, otherwise these dogs will become bored and may play roughly with the items inside the house, apart from generally being restless. It is best, however, if the dog can live in areas that have access to wide grass fields that are the natural habitat of the Belgian sheepdog. The common ailments that plague these dogs are the following:
- hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia
- Tervuren progressive retinal atrophy
Regular visits to the vet as well as plenty of exercise and a good diet, however, are usually enough to ensure the health of the Belgian sheepdog.
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