Belgian Sheepdog Dog Breed Information

Belgian Sheepdog Quick Facts
Belgian Sheepdog
Breed Group: Herding
Origen: Belgium
Nickname: Chien de Berger, Belge
Weight: 22-26 lbs
Height: 22-26 inches
Color(s): Fawn, mahogany; with black overlap. There is black shading on the muzzle and tail.

Belgian Sheepdog Appearance

The Belgian Sheepdog is a medium-sized, elegant dog, with a smart and questioning expression. They are well muscled dogs, with tight skin and a squarely proportioned body. The muzzle is moderately pointed with a moderate stop. The overall size of the head is in proportion to the body. The medium sized, almond-shaped eyes are brown. The ears are very erect and completely triangular. The ears of the Belgian Sheepdog should never hang down or fold over. The tail is long and curves slightly upwards at about the level of the hock. They have the tendency to run in a wide circle rather than a straight line.

The Belgian Sheepdog has an extremely dense undercoat and a longer, slightly coarser outer coat. The coat color is black, either solid or with a small amount of white on the chest, chin or toes. The weight of the Belgian Sheepdog is around 40-65 pounds and the height is around 22-26 inches.

Belgian Sheepdog Temperament

The Belgian Sheepdog is alert, playful, loyal companion, obedient, an ideal watch and guard dog. He is intelligent and somewhat independent, protective and gentle, as well as obedient and able to think through problems without the help of the owner. They are serious and watchful, but yet loving and playful. The Belgian Sheepdog is good and protective with children although they may try to herd them. Itís aloof with strangers and can be aggressive toward other dogs and animals; for that reason it should be trained and socialized very well from an early age to avoid misbehaviors.

Is Belgian Sheepdog the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Belgian Sheepdog will do okay in an apartment if enough exercise is provided but will do best as a house dog with access to at least an average-sized yard. This is an active and energetic breed that needs a good deal of exercise. His need could be met on a long walk on leash, a vigorous game or a run in a safe area. The Belgian Sheepdog could live outside in temperate to cool climates as long as they have access to house to spend some time inside with the family. The Belgian Sheepdog is high energetic breed, with a high mental capacity, and is smart and quick to comprehend. They are happy when they had a job to do, specially herding. This dog is trained to be herding for long hours tireless and effortless. They can be destructive or develop neurotic behaviors if not provided enough stimulation and exercise.

Belgian Sheepdog Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Belgian Sheepdog is around 10-12 years.

Belgian Sheepdog Health problems

The Belgian Sheepdog is a relatively healthy and there are not major concerns associated with this breed, however he could be prone to Epilepsy, hypothyroidism, CHD (Coronary Heart Disease), Bloat Gastric Torsion, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia and skin allergies. As with all breeds the Belgian Sheepdog will need regular vaccinations, worming, flea and tick treatment to keep him healthy.

Belgian Sheepdog Care and Grooming

The coat of the Belgian Sheepdog requires a regular grooming. Its double coat needs brushing and combing twice a week, more often when shedding. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. Over bathing or frequent bathing your dog will strip the oils from the coat and may cause severe skin irritations and possible allergy type reactions. To avoid gastric torsion is a good idea to feed them two or three small meals a day instead of one large meal.

Belgian Sheepdog Shedding

The Belgian Sheepdog is a heavy shedder; you'll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home, therefore is not best suited for those with allergies.