7 Awesome Belgian Dog Breeds
When we often think of Belgium, people may tend to associate the country with waffles, chocolate, and beer. Surprisingly, some people may not even realize it is a French-speaking country. Even more so, there are probably a lot more people that fail to realize just how many great dog breeds originate from there.
Belgian Dog Breeds
Dogs obviously come from all over the world. Wysong Like humans, there is a diverse set of them that are from China, Russia, and Belgium. With that being said, it is worth noting which pooches are Belgian. This will help broaden our minds with information and learn more about their roots.
The Belgian Tervuren is a variation of the general Belgian Shepherd dog and has a long coat. Typically coming in the colors black or dark brown, they are absolutely obedient. This probably comes from the fact that they were bred to herd. Quick and smart, the Belgian Tervuren serve as great working pets but also make unbelievably adorable companions.
Another variation to the Belgian Shepherd, the Malinois has a short-coat and is often dark brown and black. They are amazing working dogs, with a lot of people employing them for military or law enforcement work. The reason for this is because they are overall built quite strong, agile, and highly obedient. This hyperactivity and alertness is great for any owner looking for a reliable guard dog. The US Secret Services employ these dogs to guard the White House. They are also highly excellent detection hounds, with people using them to sniff for narcotics or bombs.
Unlike the other variations of the Belgian Shepherd, the Laekenois possesses short-haired curly hair, rather than straight locks that run all the way down. They are a bit rarer as a breed, which is why it is a bit uncommon to see them. Much like their brothers and sisters, they were bred for herding, which may explain why they are full of energy and require regular exercise. Back in the past, these dogs were employed as messenger dogs during World War I and II. Besides being for their rarity, they are also the oldest of the Belgian Shepherd variation. They usually live up to 12 years and can reach 66 pounds, at a height of 66 cm.
Another variation of the Belgian Shepherd, the Groenendael has a long-coat and typically comes in colors of black. They serve as excellent guard dogs, protecting its masters with everything they have. Since they have a background in herding, they are highly agile, smart, and need regular exercise. The Groenendael tends to live for 12-14 years and many people call them the Belgian Sheepdog. Due to its thick black fur, they have a distinctly mystical look to them. For the most part, this dog is gentle and loyal. Moreover, they require training and socialization at an early age, since they are rather wary of strangers and can be quite protective.
This goofy looking dog is adorable and is most often has a beard-like appearance. They are small dog breeds that are full of energy and life. The reason why they may look like a Pug (the way their face looks, from muzzle to eyes) is that the modern version of the Brussels Griffon is a mix between the Pug and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. With their quick speed and small sizes, they are perfect for chasing away rodents.
This Spitz-dog tends to come in colors of black and dark-brown and is on the smaller side of breeds. Due to their skills in sheep herding, they are excellent at performing commands without any issue. They also make excellent ratters. The Schipperke is an extremely active pup that requires a lot of attention and care. If not, they are prone to depression. Much like the Groenendael, they come in a solid black color, and in some ways look like a miniature version of that breed. The major difference, however, is that their ears are perch up, and they only grow to be about 33 cm in height, weighing 6 to 19 pounds. They have the nickname ‘Tasmanian black devil.’ The Schipperke has high energy, is stubborn, and has a mischievous nature.
Bouvier des Flandres
With their name literally translated as the ‘Cow Herder of Flanders,’ the Bouvier is a herding and cattle driving dog that has a scrappy look with curly dark coated hair. It stands tall and many people employ it for herding tasks due to their high agility. While these dogs are not as common as other Belgian breeds such as the Bichon Frise, their dorky adorable appearance is why people love to hug them.
Although this small, white coat dog originates from France, a Belgian author put these hounds on the map through his animated series Tin Tin. In the comic strip, the protagonist has a dog named Milou. It is a white fox terrier that was highly popular in the series. In 1933, due to the popularity of the book, the National Kennel Club of France eventually recognized the breed. Although it was called Tenerife and Bichon at that time, the President of the Federation Cynologique Internationale finalized the name as a Bichon Frise. This name is from the character of its curly white fur.
The dogs we mention above may hail from Belgium, but several of them are not foreign to the rest of the world. Many people acknowledge the dogs on the list as some of the cutest pups to own. Thus, now that you may have a bit of knowledge of the different types of Belgian dog breeds, you may have a better idea of what breed to get. If you live in America, Belgium may seem far away. However, the dogs we mention above are great choices for any owner looking to find a dog from that country.