The Belgian Sheepdog is an intelligent and loyal companion who requires time, training and socialization. They are energetic dogs who require lots of daily exercise to keep them happy and healthy. Throughout their history Belgian Sheepdogs have earned their reputation as truly well-rounded dogs, and to this day they continue to captivate our hearts. Their elegance of carriage and balanced movement are a pleasure to behold. Their talents in obedience, tracking, schutzhund, herding, and as sled dogs have kept even the most activity-minded of us satisfied. Their skills in police work, search and rescue, and as guide and therapy dogs have proven very valuable to society. These dogs have found their greatest value, however, in the hearts of their owners as gentle and devoted companions willing to give all to those they love.
The Belgian is square in appearance, with a deep chest, small compact feet, moderate bone, and high set triangular ears held erect when at attention. The tail is heavily plumed and carried level with or slightly above the line of the back and used as a rudder when turning. Feathering on the forelegs and underside of the body, and a ruff framing an expressive face and eyes, add to his beauty.
Belgian Sheepdogs require a proper diet of quality food and regular vet care. A healthy Belgian coat sheds dirt and does not require a great deal of maintance. Weekly brushing will help prevent tangles and remove most dander and dust. During shedding periods, a slicker brush or undercoat rake can be used to help remove undercoat.
Kennaree Belgians are extremely loyal and affectionate with the family; with friends they are curious and reserved; with strangers, alert. They are happy and gay in spirit, inquisitive of mind, with a delightful humor that will bring no dull moments, and an originality that will leave you amazed at the dog's ingenuity.
Photo above provided by B. Barner
Carley checking out the turtle