The Groenendael Belgian Shepherd Dog It is a breed recognized by all the major canine clubs. In the United States is recognized under the name of Belgian Shepherd.
Like all Belgian shepherds, the Groenendael is medium-sized, hard-working, robust, provided, very protective of the family. The Groenendael is recognized by its black fur.
At the end of the 19th century, There was a large number of drivers dogs of herds whose type was heterogeneous in Belgium and their coats were a wide variety. In order to put order into this situation, some cinófilos (cinógrafos) fans formed a group which was guided by A teacher. Reul, the school of veterinary medicine of Cureghem, who can be considered as a true pioneer and founder of the race.
The Belgian Shepherd was officially born as a race between 1891 and 1897. The 29 in September of 1891, the "Club of the dog Pastor Belgian" is founded in Brussels and in the same year, the 15 November, Professor A.. Reul manages to gather in Cureghem, 117 dogs, allowing you to carry out a census and form a group with the best copies. In the following years becomes a real selection, making an extreme inbreeding on some stallions.
The 3 in April of 1892, the "Club of the dog of Belgian Shepherd" drafted a first well detailed breed standard. Was admitted a single race, with three varieties of hair. Anyway, at that time, the Belgian Shepherd was only a dog of humble people and therefore a race which still lacked prestige. As a result, is not until 1901 the first Belgian Shepherd were recorded in the book of the origins of the Société Róyale Saint Hubert (L.O.S.H.).
In the course of the next few years, the leaders cinófilos fans to the Belgian Shepherd pursued tenaciously to unify the type and correct defects. We can affirm that towards the 1910 the type and character of the Belgian Shepherd were already established.
Throughout the history of the Belgian Shepherd, the issue of the different varieties and accepted colors has given rise to many controversies.
On the other hand, in regard to morphology, the character and fitness to work, There has never been any disagreement.
The Belgian Shepherd Groenendael should be athletic, strong, imposing, rustic, and balanced in appearance.
You must have a natural look, as if never has prepared especially for the show. Its hair It must be abundant, but they are never as if it were to inhibit the ability of the dog in any way work.
The color is always black, with small white spots are allowed on the chest.
The Belgian Shepherd Groenendael should be measured from 60 to 66 cm. to the cross males and between 56 and 62 cm. females. The weight should be, approximately, of 25 to 30 kg for males and 20 to 25 kg for females.
This dog has a double layer coat a thick, the texture must be hard and dense, woolly, never silky, Kale, and a thin layer (of subpelo) It should be thick and abundant.
Character and skills
The Belgian Shepherd Groenendael is a very intelligent dog, Active, loyal and loving.
They are ideal for those who have a lot of time, energy, self-confidence and much love to give... are wonderful friends. Training and socialization is essential. They are cautious with strangers and protective family. They love to children, When I present at an early age.
They need to spend much time with his family and to exercise every day, because if left too long alone and doing sedentary lifestyle, they may experience separation anxiety, be sad, and even be destructive with household objects.
The Belgian Shepherd Groenendael needs a lot of exercise, routinely. If you are having a dog, prepare to spend about two hours a day, and to play with it. Daily exercise, You must include a walk, but also a training session to keep the dog mentally stimulated.
These dogs have a great “work ethic” and the need to work to do, such as obedience, Flyball, Schutzhund, training, agility or, cattle work. Performing any of these activities you will be happy. They are a sensitive breed and may not be trained using harsh methods.
The Belgian shepherds, in general, they can compete in agility, obedience, show, Flyball, tracking. Also, It can be trained to compete in herding trials.
Otros nombres: Belgian Sheepdog / Chien de Berger Belge.
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