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Belgian Shepherd Dog

Lightning fast? Certainly, when in motion they are able to suddenly change direction at full pelt. Due to their exuberance and desire to guard and protect, they have a clear inclination to move in circles.

About the Belgian Shepherd Dog

The name Belgian Shepherd Dog is used to describe four distinct varieties – the long-haired Groenendael and Tervueren, the short-haired Malinois and the rough-haired Laekenois.

All four are well-balanced, medium-sized animals that blend elegance and power with lean, strong muscles. They are hardy animals that are used to living outdoors and built to withstand the whims of Belgian weather.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country
Belgium
Group
FCI Group 1
Size category
Medium
Avg life expectancy
10–12 years

Alert / Lively / Protective / Determined / Enthusiastic / Confident / Loving / Calm

Key facts

  • Makes a great guard dog
  • Requires moderate grooming
  • Requires outdoor space

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