Belgian Shepherd Laekenois
- SIZE: 5
- GROOMING:: 9
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 9
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 7
- WATCHDOG: 9
- BREED: Belgian Shepherd Laekenois
- COLOR(S):Reddish brown to dark brown with black overlap and black shading on the tail and muzzle.
Identified by a rough and wiry coat, the Laekenois Belgian Shepherd dog is not widely recognized beyond their native country. They are the only breed of Belgian Sheepdogs that are not recognized by the AKC in the US.
The Laekenois breed is characterized by attentive, obedient and loyal shepherd dogs.
The wiry coat of the Laekenois should be combed and brushed daily. This important step needs to be combined with the clipping out of matted hair that can form in the ruff and on their legs. Hair between their toes and on their outer ears should also be clipped when needed. Laekenois Belgian Shepherds will shed bi-annually and should only be bathed when necessary.
Several health problems are known to this breed including hip dysplasia, epilepsy and eye problems. These dogs may also experience excessive shyness.
Like the other Belgian Shepherd breeds, the Laekenois is a working dog who needs a lot of exercise. They should be run off leash as much as possible.
Early obedience training will help prevent Laekenois puppies from developing a harsh temper.