Belgian Sheepdog

Herding Group

Belgian Sheepdog (Groenendael) adult and puppy sitting in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 22-24 in, Males 24-26 in

Weight

Females 45-60 lbs, Males 55-75 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-14 yrs

History

The Belgian Sheepdog, otherwise known as the Groenendael, originated in Belgium in the 1800's. It is one of four AKC-registered shepherd breeds from Belgium. While originally bred for herding, today they make good search and rescue dogs, guide dogs, and therapy dogs. Belgian Sheepdogs were used in WWI as message carriers, ambulance dogs, and machine gun pullers.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Belgian Sheepdogs will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★★★

★☆☆☆☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Noise Level

★☆☆☆


Prey Drive

★★★★★


Shedding

★★★★★

Common Traits

Intelligent and play-oriented, generally responding best to fun training

Extremely protective of their family and make great guard dogs

Shed year-round

May become destructive or develop separation anxiety if bored or left alone for long periods of time

Chasers that will go after anything that moves, including cars, bicycles, and joggers