Belgian Laekenois

Also known as: Belgian Shepherd (Laekenois variety)

Breed origin: Belgium
Original purpose: Guarding and tending the flock, and guarding linen drying in the fields.

AKC recognized: No
AKC group: Foundation Stock Service

Size: Weight: 55 to 65 lbs
Size: Height: males 24 to 26 inches; females 22 to 24 inches
Life span: 10 to 14 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Belgian Laekenois is strong, agile, well muscled, alert, courageous, intelligent, inquisitive, and full of life. As companions, they are gentle, affectionate, devoted, very possessive, and naturally protective of their masters and their property without being overly aggressive. They are watchful and attentive, and are observant and vigilant with strangers, but not apprehensive. They possess a strong desire to work and are most content when given a job to do. This breed is not recognized by the AKC, but is closely related to three AKC-recognized breeds: the Belgian Malinois, the Belgian Sheepdog, and the Belgian Tervuren. In fact, the only difference between these four breeds is their coat type, the Laekenois having the distinctive woolly coat.

Protective? Yes

Intelligent? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Good jogging partner? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: obedience, Schutzhund, herding, sledding, tracking, search and rescue, therapy, guiding and assistance, police work

Known health problems: Cataracts, epilepsy, thyroid problems, progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, pannus.

Recommended books for further reading:

Belgian Shepherd Dog
By Robert Pollet
Published in 2000
176 pages

The Complete Belgian Shepherd Dog
By Deborah Fleming
Published in 2003
176 pages

Belgians from Start to Finished
By Sallyann Comstock
Published in 2004

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
American Belgian Laekenois Association
Wikipedia breed information page

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