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Belgian Sheepdog


AKC Height:

22-26 inches

AKC Weight:

45-75 pounds


May be completely black, or may be black with white, limited as follows: Small to moderate patch or strip on forechest. Between pads of feet. On tips of hind toes. On chin and muzzle (frost may be white or gray). On tips of front toes allowable, but a fault.

Life Expectancy:

Life Expectancy: 12-14 years


Herding Group

  • training and interactive play.

Health and Nutrition

  • Diet: A balanced diet suitable for their energy level and size is crucial. Regular consultations with a vet can help tailor their dietary needs.
  • Common Health Issues: Generally robust, they can be prone to specific health conditions. Regular health check-ups and screenings are important for their wellbeing.

Grooming and Care

  • Coat Maintenance: Their beautiful long coat requires regular grooming to prevent matting and maintain its condition.
  • General Care: Routine care practices, including dental hygiene, nail trimming, and ear cleaning, are essential for their overall health.

Living with a Belgian Sheepdog

  • Family Life: They are great with families and form deep bonds with their owners. They are best suited to an active household that understands their needs.
  • Adaptability: While adaptable to various living environments, they thrive in homes where they can have space to move and play.
  • Companionship: Belgian Sheepdogs are happiest when involved in family activities and given tasks to do.

Responsible Ownership and Adoption

  • Choosing a Breeder: Opt for breeders who prioritize health and temperament and provide health clearances for the puppies.
  • Adoption: Adoption from shelters or breed-specific rescues is a great option, providing a home to a Belgian Sheepdog in need.

Conclusion The Belgian Sheepdog, with its elegant appearance and loyal nature, is a perfect companion for those who appreciate an intelligent and active dog. Their protective instincts and affectionate demeanor make them a cherished addition to any family.


A yard that is big enough for a Belgian Sheepdog to run and exercise, with a tall, secure fence is needed for this breed. Belgian Sheepdogs need early, consistent training. Weekly or twice-weekly brushings, along with regular stripping of the coat, will help to control shedding.


Belgian Sheepdogs are active working dogs. They need exercise and stimulation. They are suited to those people who want to spend quality time interacting with their dog on a daily basis. Activities in which they excel are frisbee, agility, flyball and herding. Belgian Sheepdogs are best with children if raised with them.

Belgian Sheepdog Housebreaking

Housebreaking the Belgian Sheepdog requires consistency on your part. Dogs are creatures of habit, and knowing the tips and tricks of training will make the process so much easier and less stressful.

Puppy Housebreaking     Adult Marking & Retraining

Find a Puppy: Belgian Sheepdog

If you are looking for a puppy or adult dog, please read our important information on choosing a puppy from a breeder and adopting a dog from a rescue. There are good dog breeders and good dog rescues and there are bad dog breeders and bad dog rescues. Our information will help you to make an informed decision and will give you tips on what to look for and what to avoid.

Pet shops are not the best place to look for a puppy. Dogs from pet shops often come from puppy mills, and puppy mill dogs are often kept in unhealthy conditions. The best way to end puppy mills is to rescue or buy from reputable sources.


The Belgian Sheepdog should only be fed high-quality dog food targeted toward the dog’s age, whether puppy, adult, or senior. Avoid cooked bones and food with high fat content. Talk to your veterinarian if you have concerns about your dog’s weight.


The Belgian Sheepdog is extremely eager to please their owners. At the very least, these dogs can benefit from learning basic commands, like sit, come, and stay. Because this breed is highly intelligent and easily bored, it is important to give them multiple challenging toys to keep this breed occupied.


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