American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: Belgian Laekenois


History

The least often seen of the four types of Belgian Sheepdogs, the Belgian Laekenois is an energetic, intelligent working dog. This breed excels at not only farm work such as herding, but they also are incredible with many forms of poliece work, military work, agility, search and rescue, drug detection, companion dogs, and protection.

Appearance

This breed is considered a large breed, with both males and females measuring 23-26 inches in height and weighing 50-65 pounds in weight. This breed is built athletic and rectangular in shape. Their two ears stand firm and upwards on the top of their head, in the shape of a triangle. Their tail is carried long and low towards the ground. This breed has two almond shaped eyes that are black. Their coat is thick and coarse and is available in shades of fawn to rust/brown, as well as coats with black high lighting throughout.

Temperament

This breed is not fit for any living situation except farm land and acres to roam on safely. This breed is NOT meant for everyone. It is important to make note first and foremost, that this breed is known for having excessive aggressiveness and shyness. This breed is a working breed to the fullest extent and requires a lot of daily physical and mental exercise. This breed is not fitted for homes with small animals or other dogs. They are people dogs. Not pet friendly dogs. When all of the precautions are taken for this breed, including early socialization, obedience class and on going training and classes to meet their requirements, this breed is an active, loyal breed. Best suited for homes without young children. As always, only positive reinforcement training methods are recommended.

Grooming

This breed requires a hair cut at least every 4-6 months, as well as daily brushing with a comb.

Special Notes

Please note that this breed is prone to eye issues, skin issues caused by allergies and temperament issues. This breed is not meant for everyone. Please fully educate yourself about the Belgian Laekenois prior to adding one to your family to ensure you are able to provide physical and financial care life long for your new pet. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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