Belgian Sheepdog

Herding Group

Raven and Raven as a pup from Beartooth Belgian Sheepdogs

The Belgian Shepherd, or Groenendael, is a watchful and territorial dog, and does well as guard, security and police dog.  It needs to be a part of the family and not left outside the home or family circle.  It will need early training and socialization, and a firm, fair and knowledgeable handler.  If properly socialized it can do well with children and other pets, but will want to be the dominant dog. They will need plenty of exercise and interactive activity — do not make this dog find its own amusements. .  They may tend to bond more with certain family members than with others. .  They can be apartment dogs if fully exercised, but they will be active vs. inactive inside the home.  Daily brushing is needed.

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Notes for owners
Heavy Daily Guard dog.  Needs firm handler.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Profile

Belgian Sheepdog Club of America

Belgian Sheepdog Rescue



We STRONGLY recommend that you get your dog from a respectable breeder or rescue organization.  Pet store puppies may get their dogs from Puppy Mills that normally breed only for profit, not quality or concern for the puppy or its eventual owner.
If you would like help locating a breeder or rescue agency near you please E-Mail PGAA (, and let us know your city/state and the type of dog you are looking for.  Do not assume that PGAA has qualified all of the breeders or rescues on this site.  Do your own check of each breeder or rescue — be sure that you are comfortable with the organization before you buy, adopt or turn-over a dog.