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Belgian Laekenois |Belgium|

Belgian Laekenois |Belgium|

The Belgian Laekenois is one of four native Belgian breeds and takes its name from the town of Laeken. It was also reputedly the favorite breed of nineteenth-century Queen Marie Henriette, who kept the dogs to guard the sheep on her estates. She also kept a select few with her in Laeken Castle. They are lively, intelligent, and very loyal dogs that are reserved with strangers, but make excellent family companions for an active home. The four breeds of Belgian Shepherd—Laekenois, Groenendael, Tervuren, and Malinois—are regarded as varieties of the same breed by some registries. Although the Laekenois is similar in build and temperament to the other types, it differs significantly, in coat color, texture, and length.

History

The Laekenois can be traced back to a male dog named Vos I de Laeken who was purchased by Jean Baptiste Janssens, a shepherd and dog breeder. Historically, the dogs were used for guarding linen drying in the fields, and for protecting livestock and properties. During World War I and World War II, they were used as messenger dogs.

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From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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