The Belgian Sheepdog (known as the Groenendael in Europe), is a highly intelligent, trainable, and versatile herder. This breed was created to work hard. These delicate dogs detest neglect and yearn for human company. The breed’s exceptionally proud head and neck carriage is an attractive trait. The black coat is thick, extending from the neck to the backquarters, and the dark eyes twinkle with a perplexing intelligence. Belgians are known for giving their all in all sports and activities. Belgians make people love them so much because they live and love with so much passion themselves.
Males measure 24 to 26 inches in height, while females measure 22 to 24 inches. The usual weight range for dogs is 55 to 75 pounds, while females weigh 45 to 60 pounds.
The Belgian Sheepdog is a strong, healthy breed with the life expectency being from 12 to 14 years.
The Belgian Sheepdog is one of four varieties of shepherd dogs that were developed in Belgium in the late 1800s. The four varieties are the Malinois, Tervuren, Laekenois, and the Belgian Sheepdog (Groenendael). They are anatomically identical but varied in coat textures, colors, and length. Nicolas Rose, a significant breeder in the 1890s who had a restaurant called the Chateau Groenendael close to Brussels, gave the longhaired black type, the modern Belgian Sheepdog, the name Groenendael.
Since 1949, when the Belgian Sheepdog Club of America was created, this beautiful breed has done everything: been a show dog, an athlete, a police officer, a soldier, a therapy dog, a search and rescue dog, a watchdog, and a tireless backyard tennis ball retriever.