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Belgian Laekenois

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Belgian Laekenois

The Belgian Laekenois is the rarest of the four Belgian Sheepdog breeds. It is a medium sized muscular dog with an agile, proud carriage. They have a full wire outer coat and a dense, wooly under coat which can measure up to two inches long. The coat color is usually fawn to mahogany with a black mask and ears. A little white is allowed. The hair should be shorter around the head, ears and lower legs. The hair should be longer around the neck, forming a collar and on the back of the legs forming a fringe. The head should be long, flat and equal to the length of the muzzle, which is slightly tapered. The nose should be black and the lips firm and tight. The teeth should meet in a level or scissor-like bite. The medium, almond-shaped eyes should be shades of dark brown. The triangular ears should stand erect and be set high. The muscular neck is slightly arched and the topline level, sloping slightly at the withers. A medium width chest is deep reaching to the elbow. The front legs are straight and muscular with emphasized withers and round well arched toes. The back legs should also be muscular with oval shaped toes. Declaws should be removed from the back legs and it is optional to have them removed from the front legs. The tail should be long and bushy and carried above the top line.

Temperament Belgian Laekenois' are alert, proud, loyal, confident, smart, affectionate, and extremely protective. They are very loving and devoted to their families. Belgian Laekenois' need ample attention, training and companionship. They should be socialized from birth, since they are naturally reserved with strangers and dog aggressive. They are instinctively protective of their homes and families so this behavior should not be encouraged since it can turn to aggression. They are loyal to their families and are good with children once introduced. If properly socialized, they will also get along with other household pets. Belgian Laekenois' do not react well to kennels and will become bored and destructive. Make sure to thoroughly research the breeder before purchasing this breed. If they show fearfulness or excessive aggressiveness, avoid the purchase.
Height, Weight Male Height: 24-26" ; Female Height: 22-24"
Weight: 55-65 lbs.
Health Problems This breed has no major health problems. Some minor problems can include skin allergies, eye problems and occasionally hip dysplasia.
Living Conditions Laekenois' do fine in an apartment but better with a medium-sized yard. They love the outdoors, but prefer to be with their family.
Exercise Laekenois' are a working breed and need lots of exercise. They need time off of their lead to run free in an enclosed area.
Life Expectancy About 12-14 years
Grooming The rough coat of this breed needs to be trimmed twice a year. Do not have your dog close trimmed as it may take many years for the coat to return to normal. A coarse-toothed comb should be used to remove excessive hair. Bathe only when necessary. This breed sheds little to no hair.
Origin The Belgian Shepherd is the only breed that comes in 4 different types: the Malinois, the Tervueren, the Groenendael, and the rare Laekenois. They are named after the areas in Belgium in which they originated: Malines, Tervuren, Groenendael and Laeken. The Belgian Sheepdog is a hard working breed and has been recognized since the Middle Ages. The breed was standardized in the 1890s when a Professor of the Belgian School of Veterinary Sciences recorded their variations and dividing them into groups based on their coat type. The Malinois was the first to be standardized and also the first variety out of the breed to become popular. In 1965, the Malinois was registered with the AKC. The Groenendael is also recognized by the AKC. The Belgian Laekenois is recognized by the UKC and has been accepted for recording in the AKC Foundation Stock Service®. This breed is still very rare in the United States.
Group AKC/FSS Herding, UKC Herding Dog