The Belgian Sheepdog is a medium to large-sized breed. A member of the herding group, this breed originated in Belgium. The Belgian Shepherd Dog weighs an average of 55 to 80 pounds and stands 22 to 26 inches.
The Belgian Sheepdog is double-coated with a thick and soft inner coat and a long, slightly rough outer coat. They have medium-length coats with remarkable fringes on the tail and legs, with thicker and lengthier hair around the neck in the chest and ruff areas.
The Belgian Sheepdog is a placid and determined companion. They are inclined to chase pets, joggers, bikers, or anything that runs. They are very sensitive to touch. It would be best if you started socialization and obedience training early. Overprotective, vigilant with strangers, cautious, and always on the move when not in control makes this breed an excellent watchdog.
As with other working dogs, the Belgian Sheepdog needs an active life outdoors. They require a lot of exercises, such as long daily walks. They also love being off the leash in a secured yard/area.
Belgian Sheepdogs are excellent in herding and guarding. A highly intelligent and loving breed, these dogs do best in a country environment but may also do well in home life.
Known to be a heavy shedder, the Belgian Sheepdog should be brushed daily, clipping out mats that form, especially on the legs, in the ruff, and between the toes and outer ears.
Belgian Sheepdogs generally go through their entire lives with excellent health, but like most purebred dog breeds, Belgian Shepherd Dogs are prone to a few hereditary health conditions. Some of the hereditary health issues include Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHP), and from time to time, these pets may develop Hyperthyroid or Hypothyroid. Hyperthyroid and Hypothyroid are usually not a concern.