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The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois, frank, loyal and intelligent dog

The Laekenois is a breed that stands out from the crowd, physically speaking, because of its ruffled appearance. He is part of the great family of Belgian Shepherds even if he is less known than his companions. Frank, loyal and intelligent, he is an excellent companion. Unfortunately, he is not well known outside the Belgian and Basque borders.

Characteristics of the Belgian Shepherd Laekenois

The Laekenois Belgian Shepherd Dog is a powerful, muscular dog measuring between 56 and 66 cm and weighing between 20 and 30 kg. It ends with a tail of intermediate length and strong at the base. This breed of medio-linear type has a square morphology, longer than high. It majestically displays a high, dry and chiseled head. The stop is moderately accentuated and the skull of intermediate size. On this one enthroned two small ears of triangular form displaying a pointed end.

The eyes for their part are in the shape of almond and reveal a brownish or dark shade preferably. They are of medium size. The Laekenois stands out especially from its cousins the Malinois, the Groenendael and the Turvueren by the texture of its coat. Tight and dense, the semi-long coat is hard and dry. This coat with a very tousled appearance reinforces the rustic look of this dog like no other. The standard admits only the fawn color with the presence of charcoal traces on the tail and the muzzle.

History of the Belgian Shepherd Laekenois breed

The Laekenois is the least known and rarest variety of Belgian Shepherd. It owes its name to the castle of Laeken, which is located to the north of Brussels. One of the most famous anecdotes about the Laekenois is its connection with Queen Marie-Henriette, wife of the Belgian king Leopold II. She was a great fan of this breed. At the beginning of the 19th century, this dog excelled in herding. Gradually, it fell into disuse and could not compete with its cousins like the Malinois which enjoys a wider fame. The Laekenois is virtually unknown outside its native country.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Belgian Laekenois Shepherd

Even if it is not a star, the Laekenois can pride itself on its innumerable qualities. Full of vitality and energy, it is an active and vigilant dog that excels in herding, but also as a defense dog. He breathes the joy of life and is very affectionate and loyal to his masters. The Laekenois fulfills all the roles expected of him. He can be calm, but also more daring. On the other hand, he sometimes reveals jealousy and demands attention. Flaws that can be rectified with proper training, started as early as possible.

Nutrition and main health problems of the Belgian Laekenois

The Laekenois has a robustness to any test. It is subject to very few diseases. On the other hand, it is crucial to keep a close eye on possible hip and elbow dysplasia, which are typical of large dogs. Physical exercises after meals are also forbidden to avoid twisting the stomach.