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Belgian Sheepdog |Belgium|

Belgian Sheepdog |Belgium|

In Europe, this breed is more commonly called the Groenendael, and is considered to be one of four types of Belgian Shepherd rather than a breed in its own right. Although bred as a working sheepdog, these dogs quickly proved how versatile they are chiefly due to their excellent temperaments, intelligence, obedience, and trainability. They were widely used by the military for delivering messages, as Red Cross dogs, and defense dogs during both world wars. Today, they are used by the police as search-and-rescue dogs, and they excel as assistance dogs. They can make wonderful, gentle, and devoted family companions for active homes and are vigilant watchdogs, but they are happiest in a working environment where they have plenty of jobs to keep them occupied.

History

The Belgian Sheepdog traces back to the 1800s when it was called the Chien de Berger de Races Continentales, or Continental Shepherd. A versatile breed, it worked as a herder, watchdog, and companion. It was officially given the name Groenendael in 1910 after the village of Groenendael where there was an important breeding kennels. The breed was recognized as the Belgian Sheepdog by the American Kennel Club in 1912.

The Belgian Sheepdog is an exceptionally active and intelligent breed that excels in obedience training and agility trials.

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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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