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Belgian Sheepdog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Belgian Sheepdog so you can get to know the breed more.

OriginBelgium
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank120
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Other Names
What other names does the Belgian Sheepdog have? The dog breed also known as...
Groenendael, Chien De Berger Belge
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Belgian Sheepdog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1911 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group
Is Belgian Sheepdog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Belgian Sheepdog breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel Club
Price
How much does the Belgian Sheepdog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Belgian Sheepdog price:
$1200-$1400
If you choose to purchase the Belgian Sheepdog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Belgian Sheepdog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Belgian Sheepdog gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Belgian Sheepdog size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Belgian Sheepdog weigh? Belgian Sheepdog weight:
Male: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg), Female: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Belgian Sheepdog? Belgian Sheepdog average weight:
Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Belgian Sheepdog? Belgian Sheepdog height:
Male: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Belgian Sheepdog average height:
Male: 25 inches (63.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Belgian Sheepdog have? What does this canine coat look like?
SoftThick
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Belgian Sheepdog's coat?
BrindleCreamFawnBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Belgian Sheepdog and how often?
Average: The Belgian Sheepdog requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Belgian Sheepdog, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Belgian Sheepdog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Groenendael? Belgian Sheepdog shedding level:
Belgian Sheepdogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Belgian Sheepdog have? What characteristics does the breed have?
ActiveConfidentHardWorkingStubbornIntelligentAlertFriendlyProtectiveWatchful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Belgian Sheepdog? Are they intelligent?
Very smart: Belgian Sheepdog is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 85% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Belgian Sheepdog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Belgian Sheepdogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Belgian Sheepdog is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Belgian Sheepdog sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Belgian Sheepdogs don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Belgian Sheepdogs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Groenendael need? Belgian Sheepdog social needs:
Belgian Sheepdogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Belgian Sheepdog dogs bark a lot? Why does my Chien De Berger Belge bark?
High: The Belgian Sheepdog is a very vocal breed. Definitely not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Belgian Sheepdog good as a watchdog?
Belgian Sheepdogs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Belgian Sheepdog dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Belgian Sheepdog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Belgian Sheepdogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Belgian Sheepdog can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Belgian Sheepdog will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Belgian Sheepdog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Groenendael? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Belgian Sheepdog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Belgian Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Belgian Sheepdog do?
Belgian Sheepdogs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Belgian Sheepdogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Belgian Sheepdog to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Belgian Sheepdog roam?
Belgian Sheepdogs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Belgian Sheepdog have high prey drive?
Belgian Sheepdogs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals. Their prey drive is low.
Apartment Friendly
Is Belgian Sheepdog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Belgian Sheepdogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Belgian Sheepdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Belgian Sheepdogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Belgian Sheepdog dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Belgian Sheepdogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Belgian Sheepdog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Belgian Sheepdog and children:
Belgian Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Belgian Sheepdog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Belgian Sheepdogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Belgian Sheepdog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Belgian Sheepdog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Belgian Sheepdogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Belgian Sheepdogs good office dogs? Do Belgian Sheepdogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Belgian Sheepdogs be ofiice dogs?
No
Belgian Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Belgian Sheepdog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Groenendael temperament with senior people? Are Belgian Sheepdog dogs good for elderly owners?
Belgian Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Belgian Sheepdog dogs get along with other pets? Are Belgian Sheepdog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Belgian Sheepdogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Belgian Sheepdog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Belgian Sheepdogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Belgian Sheepdog be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Belgian Sheepdog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Belgian Sheepdog be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Belgian Sheepdog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Belgian Sheepdog be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Belgian Sheepdog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Belgian Sheepdog be a search and rescue dog?
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Belgian Sheepdog breed is a good choice for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Belgian Sheepdog be a boat dog?
Not really
Belgian Sheepdog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Belgian Sheepdog be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Belgian Sheepdog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Belgian Sheepdog dogs have health problems?
Belgian Sheepdogs are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Belgian Sheepdog breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Belgian Sheepdog breed? Health risks of Belgian Sheepdog:
EpilepsyHip DysplasiaHyperthyroidism
Life Expectancy
How long do Belgian Sheepdog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Belgian Sheepdog be?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Belgian Sheepdog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Belgian Sheepdogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Belgian Sheepdog have?
Belgian Sheepdogs are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Belgian Sheepdog dogs require per day?
Belgian Sheepdogs need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Belgian Sheepdogs don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Belgian Sheepdog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 3 cups of a high-quality dog food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Belgian Sheepdog risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The Belgian Sheepdog has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Belgian Sheepdog's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Belgian Sheepdog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Belgian Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Belgian Sheepdog drool?
The Belgian Sheepdog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Belgian Sheepdog could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Belgian Sheepdog. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Belgian Sheepdog puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Belgian Sheepdog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Belgian Sheepdog have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Belgian Sheepdog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-10 puppies

Pros & Cons of Belgian Sheepdog

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Belgian Sheepdog is an excellent dog breed.
  • Trainability: Belgian Sheepdogs are easy to train.
  • Drooling tendency: The Belgian Sheepdog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Watchdog Ability: Belgian Sheepdogs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Belgian Sheepdogs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Adaptability: Belgian Sheepdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Belgian Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Belgian Sheepdogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Belgian Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Search and Rescue Dog (SAR): The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Belgian Sheepdogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Belgian Sheepdogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Belgian Sheepdogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Belgian Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Belgian Sheepdogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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