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has been featured in National TV and
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dogs ever since he was 14 years old.
players, NFL players, professional
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He has trained dogs in 18 states
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and has spent several years working with high
level executive protection dogs who make wonderful
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Animal Communicator and Master
who has authored 6 books on Animal Communication
and has been featured in several TV
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with Carmen & John LaMarca.
Her uncanny insight
into 'animal thought' comes from having intimately
worked with over 6,200 animals during the past
30 years, which is why we trust her profound
experience when she speaks.
Dr. Susan Lauten
Lauten has a Masters in Animal Nutrition
and a Ph.D in Biomedical Sciences.
Recently a guest of
Marty Becker on "Top Vets Talk Pets"
and interviewed by The Oregon Live,
she has authored several peer-reviewed articles
and veterinary nutrition reference book chapters.
With 5 years of experience teaching Veterinary
Nutrition at a Veterinary Teaching Hospital,
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into how your dog should be cared for both medically
has a current practice which teaches nearly
200 young dog owners to train
their dogs in obedience and
Having spent over 40 years training
dogs, Sally has proven experience in helping
dogs to love and obey their owners and bond
deeply with them - while guiding owners to truly
appreciate the wonderful gift of friendship
this inevitably brings.
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Belgian Sheepdog: Breed Temperament, Exercise Needs & Health
AKC Ranking: 122
Also Known As: Belgian
Groenendael, Belgian Shepherd and Chien de Berger
About Belgian Sheepdog
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The country of origin of the Belgian Sheepdog (the Groenendael) is
Belgium. The dogs developed from hardy working
dogs. No wonder why these dogs are found to
be so very efficient and energetic on the
fields. Nicholas Rose had developed the Groenendael
breed of dogs. He was a breeder from Groenendael
in Belgium. He had established the first Belgian
Sheepdog kennel with a pair of black sheepdogs
called Petite and Picard d’Uccle. It
was the progeny of this pair that turned out
to be the foundation stock of the Groenendael
This is a highly intelligent and
protective breed and has been employed during the
two World Wars as a police and war dog and in drug
detection, search and rescue operations apart from
being used commonly for herding purposes. The dog
has also emerged as a wonderful family friend and
guardian. In fact the dog is now most often sought
for acting as a companion dog.
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Description of the Breed
This is a black colored graceful
dog. It is muscular and solidly built but not heavy
and very agile. It carries its squarely proportioned
body with an air of pride and elegance. The muzzle
of the dog is long and tapering (though not very
pointy) and its ears are triangular in shape and
stand erect. The skull is flat and lies parallel
to the plane of the muzzle. The eyes are brown and
almond shaped. The nose is black. The dog has tight
lips and teeth meeting in a scissors/level bite.
The tail, long and feathered, extends
beyond the hocks. The chest of the dog is deep-
reaching to the elbow and not very broad or narrow.
The hindquarters are muscular while the front legs
are straight. They have round caw-feet. The dewclaws
need be removed from the hind legs and may also
be removed from the fore legs.
The coat of the dog is very full
and moderately long. There is a ruff around the
neck region and extra feathering on the underside,
the legs and the tail. There is an undercoat too,
which is dense. Short hair covers the face and lower
legs. There may also be a little white on the chest,
chin and toes.
Dogs range between 24'' and 26''
Bitches range between 22'' and 24''
Dogs weigh 65-75 pounds
Bitches weigh 60-70 pounds.
Temperament of the Breed
This dog is popular for its smartness,
obedience and serious and protective nature. This
is a watchful dog that has strong territorial instincts.
The dog requires extensive socialization from a
young age. It needs an experienced master who will
be firm but not harsh in training. The dog can make
an excellent police or guard dog.
This working dog can make a great
pet too. Its territorial and protective instincts
make it a watchful, alert and loyal pet of the family.
It loves companionship. It is good with children
provided it has been properly socialized with them.
It needs also proper socialization training with
other dogs and non-canine pets of the family for
otherwise it tends to be rather dominant towards
these. The dog hates being locked up in a kennel
and should be made a part of the family.
With sufficient exercise given
to the dog it will stay fine in an apartment. The
Belgian Sheepdog stays moderately active indoors
and enjoys actively moving around in a yard of average
size. Though the dog can sleep outdoors yet it always
prefers the company of the family and it is better
to allow it sleep inside the home.
Belgian Sheepdogs being working/herding
dogs are adapted to an active outdoor life. Hence,
it needs to be provided with ample exercising opportunities.
A long daily walk is the minimum exercising requirement.
The dogs will also benefit if allowed off their
leash to move around in some safe area.
The Belgian Sheepdog has a long
and straight heavy undercoat of medium length and
a dense undercoat. It sheds heavily during seasons-
twice a year. Alongside, it also sheds throughout
the year. The dog’s coat requires combing
and brushing on a regular basis. Mats that form
particularly in the ruff and on legs are to be clipped
out. Hair lying between the toes and those lying
on the outer ears are to be clipped.
This is a hardy and healthy dog
breed. No major health concerns have been reported.
The minor health problems that are found with the
breed are- epilepsy, skin allergies, eye problems
and hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia (seen occasionally).
Excessive shyness or excessive aggressiveness is
also observed at times. Besides, the dog has a tendency
to become obese and lazy especially if overfed.
Life Expectancy: 13-14
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