The Laekenois is one of the four Belgian shepherd dogs, but is not widely recognized outside their homeland. They are the rarest of the Belgian shepherds, and in the U.S. they are the only Belgian shepherd dog not recognized by the AKC. In addition, the four Belgian breeds are only recognized as separate breeds in the U.S. and Belgium; in every other country the four breeds are considered one, with four different variations. Laekenois are identified by their rough and wiry coat, as opposed to the smooth and fluffy coats of their counterparts. They are medium sized dogs, with prick ears and are fawn to mahogany in coloring. Belgian Laekenois are almost identical to the other Belgian Shepherd Dogs, except for their curly coat. They are shaggy looking and sometimes have a black face. The Laekenois is obedient, friendly and loyal to its family. They are good watchdogs and guard dogs as well, but will not attack unless they or one of their own is directly threatened. They are somewhat domineering in attitude, and a potential owner should recognize that they need to begin training early in order to be the "top dog" in the relationship. This breed is said to snap the least out of its cousins, the Groenendael, Tervuren and Malinois.
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