Belgian Laekenois Shepherd

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Dog Facts

Exercise Requirement:
Affection Level:
Very affectionate
Highly protective
Grooming Maintenance:
Temperature Preference:
Typical Lifespan:
10-12 years

About the Belgian Laekenois

The Belgian Laekenois is biologically very similar to the Malinois, Groenendael, and Tervuren, although they look very different because of their coats. They can all be classed under the name "Belgian Sheepdog" but can also be judged as separate breeds.

Like other Belgian Sheepdogs, the Laekenois is built solidly and is tough. It is mobile, quick and agile enough to herd livestock, with a stamina that can keep it going for hours. It has a smooth and effortless looking gait. Because it was bred for herding, it has a tendency to run in long arcs rather than in straight lines, as this is beneficial when keeping livestock in check.

The Laekenois is set apart from the other Belgian Sheepdogs by its coat. It has longer fur than the Malinois, but not as long as the Groenendael or the Tervuren. The coat is medium in length, has a denser undercoat and a longer, straighter outer coat. It is usually coloured light fawn, red, brown or sometimes black. It has alert, upright ears.

Having been bred to work all day herding, the Belgian Sheepdogs are all about action. The Laekenois likes to run, move and has a very high energy level. It requires a lot of exercise, both physically and mentally. A daily walk likely won't be enough to keep it content, and in addition, it will greatly benefit from training in such things as fly ball, obedience, or agility. Its energy not only makes it able to work for long hours, but grants it an alertness which makes it a natural guard dog. It can become very protective of a family and of the home, and, as a result, may be wary of other dogs, and may approach them with a domineering attitude.

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