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Belgian Shepherd Laekenois Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
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OriginBelgium
Other Names
What other names does the Belgian Shepherd Laekenois have? The dog breed also known as...
Laekenois
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Belgian Shepherd Laekenois recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club as a Miscellaneous breed.
FCI Group
Is Belgian Shepherd Laekenois recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Belgian Shepherd Laekenois 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 Shepherd Laekenois price:
$1200-$1400
If you choose to purchase the Belgian Shepherd Laekenois, 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 Shepherd Laekenois for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Belgian Shepherd Laekenois gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Belgian Shepherd Laekenois size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Belgian Shepherd Laekenois weigh? Belgian Shepherd Laekenois 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 Shepherd Laekenois? Belgian Shepherd Laekenois average weight:
Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Belgian Shepherd Laekenois? Belgian Shepherd Laekenois 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 Shepherd Laekenois average height:
Male: 25 inches (63.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Belgian Shepherd Laekenois have? What does this canine coat look like?
RoughWiry
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Belgian Shepherd Laekenois's coat?
BrindleCreamFawnBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Belgian Shepherd Laekenois and how often?
Average: The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois 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 Shepherd Laekenois, 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 Shepherd Laekenois dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Laekenois? Belgian Shepherd Laekenois shedding level:
Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss 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 Shepherd Laekenois have? What characteristics does the breed have?
ActiveEnergeticProtectiveAlertLivelyWatchful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Belgian Shepherd Laekenois? Are they intelligent?
Very smart: Belgian Shepherd Laekenois 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 Shepherd Laekenois dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Belgian Shepherd Laekenois sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss 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 Shepherd Laekenoiss are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Laekenois need? Belgian Shepherd Laekenois social needs:
Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Belgian Shepherd Laekenois dogs bark a lot? Why does my Laekenois bark?
Low to Average: The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Belgian Shepherd Laekenois good as a watchdog?
Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss 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 Shepherd Laekenois dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Belgian Shepherd Laekenois dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Belgian Shepherd Laekenois can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Belgian Shepherd Laekenois will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Belgian Shepherd Laekenois bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Laekenois? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Belgian Shepherd Laekenois? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois 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 Shepherd Laekenois do?
Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss 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 Shepherd Laekenoiss need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Belgian Shepherd Laekenois to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Belgian Shepherd Laekenois roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Belgian Shepherd Laekenois is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Belgian Shepherd Laekenois have high prey drive?
Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Belgian Shepherd Laekenois good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss adapt well to lifestyle changes and different 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 Shepherd Laekenoiss 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 Shepherd Laekenois 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 Shepherd Laekenoiss are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Belgian Shepherd Laekenois dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Belgian Shepherd Laekenois and children:
Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Belgian Shepherd Laekenois dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Belgian Shepherd Laekenois good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Belgian Shepherd Laekenois dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss good office dogs? Do Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss make good office friendly dogs? Can Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss be office dogs?
No
Belgian Shepherd Laekenois is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Belgian Shepherd Laekenois dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Laekenois temperament with senior people? Are Belgian Shepherd Laekenois dogs good for elderly owners?
Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Belgian Shepherd Laekenois dogs get along with other pets? Are Belgian Shepherd Laekenois dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Belgian Shepherd Laekenois breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Belgian Shepherd Laekenois 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 Shepherd Laekenois is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Belgian Shepherd Laekenois 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 Shepherd Laekenois is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Belgian Shepherd Laekenois 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 Shepherd Laekenois is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Belgian Shepherd Laekenois 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 Shepherd Laekenois breed is a good choice for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Belgian Shepherd Laekenois be a boat dog?
Not really
Belgian Shepherd Laekenois breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Belgian Shepherd Laekenois 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 Shepherd Laekenois is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Belgian Shepherd Laekenois dogs have health problems?
Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Belgian Shepherd Laekenois dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Belgian Shepherd Laekenois be?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Belgian Shepherd Laekenois breed hypoallergenic?
No
Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss 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 Shepherd Laekenois have?
Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Belgian Shepherd Laekenois dogs require per day?
Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on 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 Shepherd Laekenoiss sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Belgian Shepherd Laekenois need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Belgian Shepherd Laekenois risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois 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 Shepherd Laekenois's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois 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 Shepherd Laekenois drool?
The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Belgian Shepherd Laekenois 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 Shepherd Laekenois. 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 is the Belgian Shepherd Laekenois pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Belgian Shepherd Laekenois pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Belgian Shepherd Laekenois: 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 Shepherd Laekenois 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 Shepherd Laekenois have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-10 puppies

Pros & Cons of Belgian Shepherd Laekenois

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Belgian Shepherd Laekenois is an excellent dog breed.
  • Trainability: Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss are very easy to train.
  • Drooling tendency: The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Watchdog Ability: Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Adaptability: Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss 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
  • Health Issues: Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Belgian Shepherd Laekenois is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss 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 Shepherd Laekenois is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Belgian Shepherd Laekenoiss are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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