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Ardennes Cattle Dog

Short, compact and muscular are the most appropriate words to use when describing these dogs.

About the Ardennes Cattle Dog

These Belgian cattle dogs are medium-sized and stocky animals with a harsh, tousled coat – save on their head where the hair is short and flat. The Ardennes Cattle Dog's coat is dense and weatherproof, allowing them to guard and drive herds no matter how harsh the weather. 

Although primarily bred as working dogs, the Ardennes Cattle Dog makes a loving, attentive pet for active families. They are known to be patient with children and settle relatively easily into homes with other pets, so long as they are introduced properly. 

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
11–14 years

Playful / Lively / Agile / Sociable / Adaptable / Confident / Protective

Key facts

  • Requires moderate grooming
  • Makes a great guard dog
  • Enjoys training

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