Belgian Laekenois



As the name implies, the Belgian Laekenois was designed in Belgium, where he was used for herding and protection of the flock. The Belgian Laekenois is the rarest of the four varieties of the Belgian sheepdogs. This breed is not fully recognized in the United States.

Height: 22-26 inches  Weight: 55-65 pounds  Lifespan:10-14 years


The Belgian Laekenois is square-proportioned dog of medium size. This is strong, hardy, agile and athletic dog. This breed is recognized by its long, rough and wooly coat. Laekenois is elegant in appearance, with an exceedingly proud posture. Comparable Breed: Belgian Malinois, German Shepherd.


The Belgian Laekenois is not suitable for dog breeders with no experience. It is extremely loyal, vigilant and protective. These dogs enjoy companionship of a man, and if left alone for a long time, they can be quite damaging to the environment. The Laekenois usually gets attached to one person and has quite good relationship with children. Although observant with strangers, the breed is affectionate and friendly with those he knows well.

Coat / Care:

The Belgian Laekenois is covered with coarse, waterproof coat which comes in red, fawn or grayish tones. The head and the face are bordered by a long frill, and the tail is adorned with dense, bushy hair. The Laekenois coat requires regular brushing and occasional bathing, and their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly. The majority of Belgian Laekenois are healthy dogs, but they can be prone to eye problems, skin allergies, hip and elbow dysplasia.


The Belgian Laekenois requires early, intensive and long-term socialization and obedience training. This is demanding and dominant dog, therefore rough or heavy-handed training methods are completely useless. Training methods should be based on firmness, fairness, patience, consistency and remuneration.


This breed requires a lot of physical and mental stimulation. These dogs are not suited for a city apartment. The Belgian Laekenois feels great in the countryside where he can run and wander. These dogs are especially good in grazing, search and rescue, and they are used as bloodhounds, in police work and as sled dogs.

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