Belgian Shepherd

Other names : Malinois, Groenendael, Tervueren, Laekenois

Photo: adult dog of Belgian Shepherd breed
Photo: puppy of Belgian Shepherd breed
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Life expectancy

The Belgian Shepherd has a life expectancy of between 10 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 22 and 24 in
Male Between 24 and 26 in

Adult weight

Female Between 44 and 55 lb
Male Between 55 and 66 lb
Coat colour
Black Blue
Type of coat
Hard Short Long
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Belgian Shepherd costs between £595 and £820

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More details about the Belgian Shepherd

Belgian Shepherd: Origins and history

The four varieties were chosen in the late 19th century by a group of dog lovers led by Professor Reul, from the Cureghen Veterinary School, who were trying to sort out a rather confused canine gene pool. The first standard was published in 1894, the starting point for all future breeding.

FCI classification of the Belgian Shepherd

  • Group 1 - Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs)

  • Section 1 : Sheepdogs

Belgian Shepherd: Varieties

  • Belgian Shepherd Malinois
  • Belgian Shepherd Groenendael
  • Belgian Shepherd Tervuren
  • Belgian Shepherd Laekenois

Training a Belgian Shepherd

The Belgian Shepherd is a very intelligent dog who quickly understand what is expected of them. They are also very lively and respond quickly to different stimuli. This can be an advantage or disadvantage in their training as no mistakes are allowed.
Waiting to establish training is not advised, neither is setting the rules and limits of life too quickly in order to prevent the Belgian Shepherd puppy from picking up bad habits.
For working dogs, they should be registered in specialised clubs but beware of traditional methods that are often too coercive and brutal for this sensitive dog.

Belgian Shepherd: Purchase price

The price of a Belgian Shepherd varies according to the origin, age and sex. A pedigree usually costs around £820.

Regarding the average budget needed to meet the needs of a dog this size, it costs around £35.

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