American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: Laekenois


History

Originating in the Belgian village of Tervuren, this breed is closely related to three other types of Shepherds. The Belgian Groenendael, Belgian Malinois and the Laekenois. Existing prior to the 1950s, this breed is considered more recent than others. You can pretty much call the Laekenois a "jack of all trades" when speaking of their abilities. This breed can do it all, from agility, police work, showmanship, tracking, herding, rescuing, sports such as flyball and schutzund, not to mention the full time job of being a wonderful companion this breed makes.

Appearance

Taking a similar appearance to its close Shepherd relatives, the Laekenois is no exception to the rule. Sporting two triangular ears that stand tall on their wedge shaped head, fading into a severe scissor bite. Both males and females measuring 24-26 inches in height and weighing 60-70 pounds in weight. Built lean and muscular, you can even tell their agility skills from their sleek and active physique. Sporting a medium length, double layer coat that is very thick and similar to human hair, this breed is only available in variations of black and tan color combination. Please note that a full black mask to partial black mask is all just a natural part of this breed and each dog is an individual.

Temperament

Fully of energy and a "non-stop" personality, this breed isn't a match for everybody. If you're an active person who has dog experience, and a willingness to teach and train a dog, this breed is perfect for you. The Laekenois wants to learn and continue to learn new things. This is the trait that makes them fantastic at so many different activities. A long daily walk or jog accompanied by other outdoor activity both mentally and physically triggering is required for the health and well being of this breed. Great around older children and adult households. Wonderful family addition if you're looking for a breed that will keep you busy during the day, show great results from your positive reinforcement training, and also be protective and loving indoors at night. Please fully research and educate yourself about this breed prior to adding one within your home to ensure this breed is the proper fit to grow old with your family.

Grooming

Daily brushing and bathing when needed. Pay close attention to their undercoat as well as any hard to see areas as this breed is prone to getting mats and knots within their thick hair.

Special Notes

Please fully educate yourself about the Laekenois prior to adding one to your family to ensure you are able to provide proper vet care, space and time for your new pet. Do not add this breed to your family unless you are able to make a life long commitment to him or her both physically and financially. This breed requires a properly fenced in yard while outdoors at all times. 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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