Species group: Herding Group dogs
Other name(s): Belgian Groenendael; Belgian Sheepdog; Chien de Berger Belge
The Groenendael (Belgian Sheepdog) is one of four types of Belgian Shepherd, each variety differing in coat type and color-- this one being the long-haired black version. Exceptionally intelligent and courageous, Groenendael have been used to herd sheep, as police and war dogs, in drug detection, search and rescue, and as family companions and guards. This large, powerful breed is not a dog for the first-time owner. Intelligent and athletic, this working dog is happiest when it has something useful and interesting to do. However, it must be properly socialized and trained by a good dog psychologist who knows how to handle a dog with strong protective instincts.
Appearance / health:
The Groenendael is muscular. It is not heavy but has a proud carriage. The body is squarely proportioned. Its ears are triangular and erect. The muzzle tapers forward, but is not pointed. It has a flat skull that is parallel to the plain of the muzzle. The lips are tight, eyes are the brown and almond-shaped, and the nose is black. The chest, which reaches out to the elbow, is deep without being excessively broad or narrow. The hindquarters are muscular and the front legs are straight and parallel to each other. The Belgian Sheepdog has round cat-feet. The dewclaws are usually removed from both, front and hind legs. The feathered tail is long, reaching at least till the hocks.
The long, heavy outer coat and the dense undercoat require daily combing and brushing. This breed is a seasonal shedder, shedding heavily twice a year, with some additional shedding throughout the year; more care may need to be given when the dog is shedding. Mats, whenever formed, are clipped out, particularly in the ruff and on the legs, between the toes, and on the outer ears.
This working dog breed is accustomed to an active outdoor life. They need a lot of exercise, preferably off the leash as much as possible, in a safe area. It is ideal for Belgian Sheepdogs to go for walks for at least 45 minutes a day.
This is a hardy and healthy breed that has no major health issues. Some minor concerns include epilepsy, skin allergies, eye problems, excessive shyness, excessive aggressiveness, and occasional hip and elbow dysplasia (deformation of joints leading to lameness). This breed also has a tendency to become obese. Cataracts may sometimes develop between two and four years of age.
Behavior / temperament:
Belgian Sheepdogs are smart and obedient. They are loyal and thrive on loving companionship. This breed needs to be part of a family and may not take to being confined to a kennel; if left alone, the Belgian Sheepdog finds ways to entertain self, often at the owner's expense. This breed prefers to bond strongly with one or two people.
Belgian Sheepdogs are an intelligent breed and quick learners. They need extensive socialization from an early age, and gentle but consistent training by an experienced trainer. Harsh or overbearing training methods only serve to make them uncooperative. They are good for working and competition obedience. These dogs make excellent police and guard dogs. This type of work is their main occupation.
Belgian Sheepdogs bark loudly at outsiders, but are quiet otherwise.
good watch dogs, amazing dog, quiet dog, good guard, good family dogs
Socialisation, gentle hand
The Sweetest Dog In The World
I was first introduced to this breed by a friend who had a female. I thought she was just the sweetest thing - but I figured it was just that dog, not the breed. A few years later I was contacted by a friend who knew how much I admired the breed and she let me know that a retired show dog was available for adoption. I wasn't sure at first - the dog was young (2 years) but I had never adopted an adult before. I decided to give it a shot and it was the best decision I ever made! Since I've brought her home, my Groenendael has turned into my little shadow. She goes wherever I am and is content to lie at my feet all day. She's a great watch and guard dog but she's also spectacular with people, especially children. All of the neighborhood children just ADORE her and come running when we go outside. She's great with my other dogs and cats. She's smart - but not so smart that she gets herself into trouble like other breeds. I'm even thinking about training her as a therapy dog so that we can visit nursing homes and hospice care, she's that gentle. Grooming - I don't mind it but I also knew what I was getting into. She doesn't shed TOO much other than a couple of yearly "blowouts" when the season changes. But she does need regular brushing otherwise mats occur and if we go into the woods, every little burr gets stuck. Overall, if you don't mind having to regularly brush, I really recommend this breed!.
From Esme Sep 6 2018 7:51PM
My Three Dogs LOVE Antlers!
I have three high energy dogs and while I do exercise them regularly, sometimes life gets in the way and they get restless. I discovered Antlers when a friend recommended them and my dogs just can't get enough. If I haven't been able to get them their regular exercise (5-10 miles 4-5 times a week), I'll bring the antlers out and they all settle in for a good chew. The antlers last for months, although I don't leave them out all of the time because otherwise, the dogs wouldn't focus on anything else. I imagine that with daily use, the antlers might last for several weeks. There is no odor which is wonderful (I've had other smoked bones etc stain my carpets) and I suspect the chewing helps to break any tartar off of my dog's teeth. The only thing to be aware of is size - because these treats are so hard, make sure you get one that is an appropriate size for your dog so they don't swallow it whole! .
From Esme 82 days ago
Especially for situations/stimuli causing anxiety or stress
Important to prevent the dogs from fearing routine objects or noises, such as vacuum cleaners, sirens, thunders, fireworks, and other loud sounds. If the fear is already there, it will take more time and patience.
You can play thunderstorm or firework recordings, for instance, which are available on your cell phone, increasing the level of the stimulus until the dog is still comfortable with it. You do not mean to cause a fearful response, quite the contrary, you want to find the level at which he begins to respond. Remember that his hearing is far better than yours. Reward him generously if he remains tranquil. Increase the noise slightly (desensitization). He will reach a point in which he becomes familiar with the noise or object and it will not produce a fearful response.
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