By Dakota Dog
This medium sized breed weighs between 50-65 pounds and
between 22" to 26" in height. Their name is pronounced
LAK-in-wah. The Belgian Laekenois is the rarest of four
Sheepdogs. Bred to herd sheep, this breed remains a working
The AKC recognizes three of the Belgian Sheepdogs but does not
recognize the Belgian Laekenois. Their color ranges from red
fawn and mahogany to gray. They may or may not have a dark
masking on their face. Their harsh, rough, wiry coat is over
in length and gives them an unkempt or tousled appearance.
coat is waterproofed and they should not be bathed on a
basis. They only require minimal grooming and should never be
clipped to closely.
This energetic, protective and intelligent breed is more of a
working dog than family companion. The Belgian Laekenois loves
to work and is happiest when they have a job to do. They are
excellent farm dogs, herding dogs and watchdogs. They can also
make an good family pets for active families. The Belgian
Laekenois has an abundance of energy and loves to be on the
They are not meant to be indoors all day and are happiest when
they have plenty of room to run and play. Early socialization
is a must for other pets, dogs and children. Early training is
also recommended. They have a herding instinct and will herd
family and pets alike.
The Belgian Laekenois originated in Belgium. It is one of four
Belgian Sheepdogs. They are often recognized as distinct
breeds, but in some countries they are actually all considered
to be one breed. Originally bred to watch over linen bleaching
fields, they were later used to watch over sheep. They are now
used for herding and as guard dogs.
Work, work and more work is the Belgian Laekenois' motto. They
love to have a job to do and are not a lazy breed by any
To have a happy Belgian Laekenois, they need a family that
recognize their energy level and work instinct and make sure
that both those needs are met. If you are a family that likes
to relax inside all the time, then the Belgian Laekenois is
probably not for you.
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