Belgian Sheepdog - Groenendael
- SIZE: 5
- GROOMING:: 4
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 5
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 4
- WATCHDOG: 7
- BREED: Belgian Sheepdog - Groenendael
Of the Belgian Shepherd dog breeds, the Groenendael Belgian Sheepdog is the most popular. The muscular, strong Belgian Shepherd dog breeds also include the Belgian Malinois, the Belgian Tervueren, the Laekenois and the Belgian Sheepdog. The Groenendael is well-balanced, agile and alert. Like most other shepherd dogs, this breed is obedient and highly intelligent, making these dogs easy to train. Belgian Sheepdogs are full of life and good with children, but should not play chase or rough housing games due to their herding instincts. Additionally, sheepdogs are friendly and loyal toward their family but they may not tolerate other children.
If your family is looking for a devoted, gentle and attention-loving companion, the Groenendael Belgian Sheepdog breed may be the ideal pet. Puppies require early socialization and obedience training to prevent the development of a sharp temper and to teach acceptance of isolation. This breed is susceptible to separation anxiety syndrome but is very affection and friendly toward those it knows well. They make good watchdogs and will be cautious, vigilant and suspicious with strangers. However, they are not apprehensive and they will not show viciousness by an unwarranted or unprovoked attack. Groenendaels can be over-protective, stubborn, possessive and jealous of their owner’s attention. They are always in motion when not under command and do best with an active, patient and firm leader. Caution should be used when introducing a new pet into the Groenedaels life and it should be noted that they have a high prey drive. This will encourage the sheepdog to chase pets, joggers, bikers, cars and so on. These attentive and watchful dogs are very sensitive to touch and do not show fear or shyness.
With a long, straight and abundant coat, daily brushing and combing is recommended. Belgian Sheepdogs shed bi-annually and have a rather thick undercoat. They are particularly able to adapt to temperature or climate extremes.
This breed of Belgian Sheepdogs is generally not afflicted by hereditary diseases. They should be checked for epilepsy, elbow and hip dysplasia as precautionary measures. Other health concerns may include sensitivity to anesthesia, cancer, PRA, and eye or thyroid problems.
As a working dog, the Belgian Sheepdog requires plenty of exercise and should be exercised off leash as often as possible.
To help prevent a sharp temper from developing in mature Groenedaels, early training of puppies is a necessity.