The Belgian sheepdog is a breed of medium to large sized dog. It originate in Belgium and similar to other sheep herding dog.
Official breed creation occurred around 1891 when Belgian shepherd dog club was formed. The first breed standard was written in 1892 but its official recognition did not happen until 1901 when royal Hubert society stud book register these dog. The earliest Belgian sheepdogs were used for herding and guarding purpose. These are also popular in police department in the united state. After the Belgian shepherd dog these are separated into distinct breed.
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The Belgian sheepdog is well muscled with tight skin and squarely proportioned body. The top of the skull is flatter rather than rounded. The lips of this breed of dog should be tight. Dog has medium sized and almond shape brown eyes. Ears are in triangle shape while legs are straight, parallel and strong. The feather tail is long with tailbone reaching the hock. Feet of dog are cat liked shape and coat is weather resistant. Belgian sheepdog coat color is black, with small amount on the chest, chin or toes.
Weight & Height:
Male weight 25-30 kg, female 20-25 kg
Male height 60-66 cm, female 56-62 cm
Belgian sheep dogs are highly intelligent, sensitive, and alert, form very strong relationship bonds. These are said to be loyal, fun, highly trainable and well suited for family life. Throughout lifespan these should receive close interaction with people. Their herding heritage give them high level energy and mental as well as physical exercise. Belgian sheepdog well performs in sports. These are used as research dog in police, military departments.
Although Belgian sheepdog are healthy can have a susceptibility to hip dysplasia, gastric problem, epilepsy, skin allergy and some eye problem. Do not overfeed Belgian sheepdog, it has a tendency to become lazy.
The Belgian sheepdog say ok to apartment life it sufficient exercise provide them. These are active for indoor life so arrange an average size yard.
The Belgian sheepdog coat requires the brushing to keep away from dead hair. Give long our walk and exercise to stay healthy.