Belgian Sheepdog Breed

Belgian Sheepdog :

General Information
Dog Name: Belgian Sheepdog
Dog breed Group: Herding dogs
Size Category: Large dog breeds
Height: Ranges from one foot, ten inches to two feet, two inches (measured from the shoulder).
Weight: Ranges from 60 to 75 pounds.
Lifespan: Ranges from 10 to 12 years.

Brief History
The Belgian Sheepdog first emerged in nineteenth century Belgium. Despite their name, this breed is so much more than a sheepdog. They can be easily trained into a number of careers; over the last couple of centuries this breed has excelled in border patrols, battlefields and police forces around the world. Modern Belgian Sheepdogs can be found working in search and rescue, as guide dogs for the blind and as service dogs for the disabled. 

Dog Breed Characteristics

A. Protection Ability
Belgian Sheepdogs are suspicious of strangers and protective of their families, which make them very good watch dogs. They also be aggressive when necessary, and so they also make good guard dogs.

B. Ease of Training
This breed is highly intelligence and responsive to training, but they are also independent thinkers. For dog training to be a success, owners must earn their dogs trust and respect without the use of force – Belgian Sheepdogs are very sensitive, and a heavy hand can permanently damage their temperament.

C. Playfulness
This breed is affectionate and protective of their owners' children, whom they view as their own. They must be supervised when in public because they can often interpret loud noises as a threat to “their” children, and they will attack. They are very energetic, and usually ready to play.

D. Exercise needs
This breed needs at least an hour of exercise each day, and they particularly enjoy retrieval games. They also enjoy accompanying their owners on hikes or other outdoor activities – as long as they're busy, the Belgian Sheepdog is happy!

E. Adaptability
The main challenge with this breed is their sensitivity, but this can be helped with training. They can live in a variety of environments and weather conditions, and great with children.