The dog Belgian Shepherd Groenendael It is a breed recognized by all the major canine clubs. In the United States is recognized under the name of Belgian Shepherd.
Just like all the Belgian Shepherd, the Groenendael is medium-sized, hard-working, robust, provided, very protective of the family. The Groenendael It is recognized for 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 is officially born as a breed between 1891 and 1897. The 29 in September of 1891, the “Club del Perro” is founded in Brussels Belgian Shepherd”And that 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 del Perro de Belgian Shepherd”Wrote 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 of the cinephile fans Belgian Shepherd they tenaciously devoted themselves to unify the type and correct the defects. We can affirm that towards the 1910 the type and character of the Belgian Shepherd were already established.
Through the history of 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 must 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 must measure of 60 - 66 cm. to the cross males and between 56 and 62 cm. females. The weight should be, approximately, of 25 - 30 kg for males and 20 - 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 (undercoat) It should be thick and abundant.
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 Shepherd, in general, they can compete in agility, obedience, show, Flyball, tracking. Also, It can be trained to compete in herding trials.
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Belgian Sheepdog / Chien de Berger Belge.
- CLASSIFICATION FCI: 15
- Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs).
- Section 1: Sheepdogs. With working trial.