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Belgian Sheepdog standing in a field.
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Finding the perfect family pet can sometimes be difficult. With so many options, how do you know which is right for you? Consider the Belgian Sheepdog, a bright, watchful, serious-minded dog who wants your company as much as you want theirs. Here are some things to consider about the breed when looking into adding them to your family.

The Belgian Sheepdog’s Temperament

These sheepdogs are driven, serious, and bright dogs. The Belgian Sheepdog’s original purpose, like many other herding breeds, was to work hard to protect and herd livestock for farmers. They love to work hard and are a great breed for exercising and dog sports.

They’re pretty adaptable, and since they’re so smart, these medium sized dogs will listen to their owners intently with undivided loyalty.

Herding Group Third and Best of Breed: GCHB CH Sumerwynd's Amadeus Of Inchallah, Belgian Sheepdog; 2016 AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin Herding Group judging, Orlando, FL.
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Physical Traits and Grooming Needs

You can spot a Belgian Sheepdog’s beautiful black coat from far away. This herding dog has a long black coat, with white permissible is in very small quantity per the breed standard, with a medium-length double coat. They don’t need to be groomed daily, but a few times a month is ideal. They shed a medium amount, and are not likely to drool.

These dogs are both elegant and muscular. They weigh between 45 and 75 pounds, on the lower end for females and the higher end for males. Belgian Sheepdogs are between 22 and 26 inches tall, and typically have a lifespan of 12 to 14 years.

How Much Training Does a Belgian Sheepdog Need?

This breed is known for being highly trainable and very smart. Some owners call these dogs “workaholics,” and they have a strong desire to please their owners.

These breeds are very active and love to play. Dog sports are a great outlet for them to get their energy out and provide mental stimulation for the breed, which they need quite a bit of. They are pretty high-energy dogs, and need something to do, but their favorite is when they get to do it with the person they love!

Are Belgian Sheepdogs Good for Families?

Belgian Sheepdogs are truly devoted to their owners, and they’re open to others as well. They will be a bit hesitant when they first meet you, but warm up to people quickly. They are pretty good with families and small children, but their herding instincts might kick in if the kids are running around. They’re also usually good with other dogs.

They are very passionate and loyal to their owners, and tend to want to be by their side at all times. They will especially grow close to owners-handlers.

Belgian Sheepdog with her puppy laying down in a field.
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How Social Are Belgian Sheepdogs?

These sociable sheepdogs love to be around people, especially their owners. They tend to bark an average amount, but they have watchdog and guardian instincts so they’ll let you know if a stranger is coming.

They’re pretty neutral when it comes to strangers, but will usually take a moment before warming up to someone. Once they start to like you, they won’t leave your side!

Every dog is different, even within the breed, so talk to your breeder about whether or not the breed would be a good fit for you and your lifestyle. Talking to people who own the breed already can also be a great way to help familiarize yourself with their temperament, care level, and what to expect.