Dogs - Belgian Shepherd
A widely accepted history of the breed dates back to the 1880s when Belgian Shepherds were classified as Continental Shepherd Dogs that included German, French and Dutch Shepherds. During that time, veterinary professor Adolphe Reul helped establish a set of standards that could be applied to a naturally occurring shepherd dog within the area that differed only in coat length and colour. The breed standard was established in 1892.
A versatile breed, Belgian Shepherds originally used to herd and guard flocks as well as protect property and pull carts.
Words such as "elegant", "alert", "athletic", and "agile" have been used to describe Belgian Shepherds.
Belgian Shepherd Dog (Groenendael) belonging to Me. Van Staden
The breed can be divided into four varieties:
Groenendael (black with a long coat)
Malinois (short brown coat with a black mask)
Tervueren (brown or grey with black mask and a long coat)
Laekenois (rough coat that is other than black with slight charcoal at muzzle Black can be present on muzzle and tail).
Belgian Shepherds stand squarely and have fine, chiseled heads and should have an alert stance.
Unfailingly loyal, intelligent, energetic and protective, Belgian Shepherds, if socialised correctly from a young age, make valued members of any family that has the time to enjoy channeling their boundless energy into working disciplines, agility, or long walks.
Groenendael Belgian Shepherds
Above: Purdie, left, and Nietczche, right, are Groenendaels belonging to T. van der Vyver of South Africa
A dog that obeys his master is a pleasure to live with.
Do we obey our heavenly Master? Do we bring Him pleasure? King David of Israel said, "You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed. Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands. I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me.” Ps 119 4 – 8
Folk that don't know the breed sometimes think these dogs are black alsatians.
Brushing the coat of long haired dogs helps keep them looking clean. Get your puppy used to a brush from an early age. Puppies like to chew brushes (everything is a game) so you'll need lots of patience. Don't leave the brush on the ground where the puppies will pick it up.
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