The Belgian Sheepdog is a loyal, active, and intelligent breed. They form very strong bonds with their families, and do well around children. They love to run and play and require at least one hour of vigorous exercise per day. They are very smart, and do best when they are trained and socialized from an early age. It is recommended that they live in a home with a large yard and they are not recommended for apartment life.
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1. The Malinois, Laekenois, Tervuren, and Groenendael breeds are all actually anatomically identical. However, they are considered to be regional varieties of the same dog and are all called Belgian Sheepdogs.
2. The Groenendael is most often referred to as the Belgian Sheepdog.
3. These dogs tend to be very protective. Owners should take caution when introducing the dogs to strangers.
4. The Belgian Sheepdog has an average life span of about 12 to 13 years.
5. All varieties of the Belgian Sheepdog need around 30 minutes of brushing a week.
6. These dogs are widely used by the Northern Welsh police force as search and rescue dogs.
7. While the Belgian Sheepdog is relatively healthy, they can be prone to epilepsy and seizures.
8. The Belgian Sheepdog can come in black, sable, grey, and mahogany with various markings of black and grey throughout.
9. Belgian Sheepdogs can get along well with other pets in the house, but have a tendency to chase smaller animals like rabbits and other rodents.
10. These dogs are very high energy and would not make a good pet for a first time dog owner.