Belgian Sheepdog Dog Breed at a Glance
The Belgian Sheepdog or the Belgian Shepherd Dog (also known as Chien de Berger Belge) is a medium-to-large-sized dog that comes from Belgium, as its name implies. Training this breed is moderately easy. It makes a great watchdog and will fearlessly protect any aggressor to protect its family. It thrives in a home with a yard and can adapt to either hot or cold climates. Being an active dog, it’s excellent for owners that enjoy physical activity. It is also friendly with kids and other pets.
HISTORY of the Belgian Shepherd Dog
This dog breed is actually separated into four varieties and was used to herd sheep. The official breed creation was in 1891.
Expect protective and aggressive, yet energetic and loyal friend in the Belgian Sheepdog dog breed. It is alert and intelligent, and sensitive to everything that goes on around it. It has a high hunting drive and impulse to wander, so it is best kept on a leash when out and about. Relatively easy to train, it makes a great dog for new owners , kids, and is cat-friendly.
Physical Characteristics of the Belgian Shepherd Dog Breed
The common colors of the Belgian Shepherd Dog are black, fawn, cream, and brindle. It’s coat is dense and long.
The Belgian Sheepdog weighs between 40 and 75 pounds, meaning it’s one of the heavier of all dog breeds. It stands between 22 and 26 inches tall.
Shedding is constant with the Belgian Sheepdog. Brushing regularly will help, but prepare to vacuum frequently. It is not a hypoallergenic breed.
HEALTH and CARE of the Belgian Sheepdog
The life expectancy of the Belgian Sheepdog is between 10 and 12 years, which is slightly shorter than the average for large breeds.
Common Health Concerns
Each breed of dog is susceptible to certain conditions and diseases– some more than others. The Belgian Sheepdog is a relatively healthy dog with a medium risk of:
- Elbow Dysplasia
- Hip Dysplasia
- Sebaceous Adenitis.
This breed of dog can live in apartments, but will require regular exercise to stay fit. It is a very active dog with a low risk of weight gain.
Being a sizable dog, the Belgian Shepherd Dog requires between 2.5 and 3 cups of dry dog food each day.
Grooming the grooming needs of the Belgian Sheepdog are moderate. While little or no stripping or trimming is required, regular grooming is to ensure its fur remains in good shape.
The Belgian Sheepdog dog breed was recognized by the AKC in 1912.