Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Belgian Laekenois

Belgian Laekenois

The Belgian Laekenois breed is the oldest of the four Belgian Shepherd
Dogs. The breed's distinctive tousled coat actually helps protect the
dog from harsh weather. Belgian Laekenois dogs are noted for their
loyalty and intelligence.

The Belgian Laekenois's Behavior
Source: Wikipedia, American Belgian Laekenois Association

Recommended for: pet, working dog

The Belgian Laekenois dog breed is of medium size and works hard. It
is a sheepdog that is recognized by its woolly brown and white coat.
It is known for its intelligence and vigilance. It is also very loyal
to its family. However this dog requires attention and training. The
Belgian Laekenoises are not to be kept outside and forgotten.
Otherwise undesirable results will follow. However, they do make
excellent housepets and protectors and their tousled and unkempt
appearance will make many smile.

Remember that breed only provides a general clue as to any individual
dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before
bringing them into your home.

The Belgian Laekenois's Physical Characteristics
Here are some of the characteristics of the Belgian Laekenois breed as
determined by the American Belgian Laeknois Association's published
breed standard.

Size: males 24 - 26 inches, females 22 -24 inches
Coat: rough, coarse, tousled look
Color: shades of red to grayish tones
Eyes: brown, mid-size, slightly almond-shaped
Ears: triangular, stiff, erect
Muzzle: moderately pointed, no snipiniss, equal length to that of topskull
Nose: black
Tail: strong base
The Belgian Laekenois's Origins and History
Source: Wikipedia, American Belgian Laekenois Association

Country/Region of Origin: Belgium

Original purpose: herding

Name: Derived from Castle Laeken of Belgium where the royal family
first noticed the breed; also known Belgian Shepherd Dog (Laekenois),
Chien de Berger Belgei

Historical notes: The Belgian Laekenois dog breed is not fully
recognized by the American Kennel Club and is usually classified as a
variety of the Belgian Shepherd Dog breed. Of the four varieties of
Belgian Shepherd Dogs, it is thought the oldest and the foundation of
the other breeds. Belgian Laekenois dogs saw extensive service in both
world wars and this, coupled with neglect, contributed to the breed's

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