Species group: Herding Group dogs
Other name(s): Laekens; Laekenois; Belgian Shepherd Dog; Chien de Berger Belge
The Belgian Laekenois is a medium-sized, hard-working member of the sheepdog family. The Laekenois is one of four types of Belgian Shepherd dogs, each variety differing in coat type and color. The others are: the Groenendael, which has a long, black coat; the Belgian Malinois, which has a short, fawn-mahogany coat with black marks; and the Belgian Tervuren, which has a long, fawn-mahogany coat with a black mask. The Belgian Laekenois has a rough, wiry, fawn-colored coat.
According to the American Belgian Laekenois Association, "The Laekenois' original duty, in addition to guarding and tending the flock, was to guard linen drying in the fields. He was an enthusiast worker and a quick learner that made him a desirable choice for the task at hand. He was later called on to serve as a messenger dog during World War I and II...He is still able to herd and guard his flock, and protect his people and their property. His ability to adapt to new situations and to respond to his master's commands makes him an alert, intelligent, inquisitive animal. He typically is reserved with strangers."
This is a breed for the confident owner who can socialize and exercise a large working dog that demands a sense of purpose and something interesting to do. A bored Belgian Laekenois will become destructive.
Appearance / health:
The Belgian Laekenois have a wire coat that gives them a unique appearance. They have a well-balanced, square structure and appear elegant. They have a proud carriage of the head and neck. The skull is rather flat and the muzzle, moderately pointed. Eyes are almond-shaped and brown, or preferably dark brown. The ears are triangular and erect. The hindquarters are muscular, while the chest, which reaches out to the elbow, is deep without being excessively broad or narrow. 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 tail is long and set quite low.
Belgian Laekenois need minimal grooming. The rough, wiry coat needs to be trimmed about twice a year. Dead and excessive hair may need to be removed with a coarse-toothed comb. They are bathed only if absolutely necessary, as bathing removes the natural waterproofing of the coat. This breed sheds little to no hair.
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. Walks for at least 45 minutes a day are necessary to keep the breed fit and happy.
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:
The Belgian Laekenois is a smart and obedient breed. 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 to alone, the Laekenois will find ways to entertain self, often at the owner's expense. This breed prefers to bond strongly with one or two people.
The Laekenois is an intelligent dog and a quick learner. 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, so know how to use positive reinforcement and reward-based training. They are good for working and competition obedience. These dogs make excellent police and guard dogs.
The Laekenois barks loudly at outsiders, but is quiet otherwise.
watch dog, wonderful companion, loyal dogs, loyal companions
typical doggy odor
Minimal grooming requirements
Good for combatting certain types of bacteria
Cefazolin is a 1st generation Cephalosporin. While it does well against many gram positive bacteria (typically those with an uncovered, thick outer wall around the cell), it is very ineffective against gram negative bacteria (those with a thin wall that is protected by an extra membrane). While it does not cover everything, Cefazolin is easier on the body than many other antibiotics. For this reason, it is often used as a preoperative prophylaxis, given in IV fluids prior to surgery. Though its usefulness starts to diminish when dealing with "evolutionarily younger" bacteria, which are usually either gram negative or are developing resistances to certain classes of antibiotics, it remains a regularly used staple in the vet med world. It is commonly used for pneumonia, sepsis, certain bladder and urinary tract infections, or in conjunction with antibiotics that target gram negative bacteria to achieve as broad of a spectrum of treatment as possible in an unidentified infection..
From S Dean - Trainer and Former Vet Tech 334 days ago
The importance of socialization
As it is for us human beings, socializing in the early stages of our lives is extremely important for our growth and self esteem. The most important thing is to make sure that your puppy has had enough socialization and to ensure that it wasn’t taken away too soon from his litter. Often puppies, especially when for sale, are taken away from their mother and siblings way too soon. If this is not your case and your puppy was brought up following the right guidelines, make sure to provide him with the right amount of socialization time. One of the most effective ways to do so is to take him to a puppy day care. Here your puppy will be followed and looked after by a team of experts and dog trainers. Depending on the set up and environment of the day care, I recommend a minimum age of 3 months when you first bring your puppy to day care. Very important is to take it easy at the beginning: once or twice a week, for the first month at least, should be enough for your puppy, in order to give him time to adapt and get used to the day care. Most puppies will love it and they will learn from other dogs, with help of the trainers, with regard to how to behave, play and have fun. .
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