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Older Children


Ease Of Training

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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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Groenendael-Belgian Sheepdog- Temperament, and Breed Guide

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Groenendaels make a great jogging dog or hiking companions. They have a seemingly endless amount of stamina and are able to keep up with even the most avid runner or hiker.

Since the Groenendael is such an obedient breed of dog by nature they are excellent in obedience and agility type competitions as well as in herding events. Even for owners that don't want to formally compete with their dogs may wish to consider taking an obedience class and working with the dog as a way to provide both mental and physical exercise.

Health As herding dogs, they have few major Health Problems. There are some things that a responsible Mal owner will watch out for, however, including the following:

• Hip dysplasia

• skin allergies

• epilepsy

Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

Ideal Groenendael Owners are

Experienced,  strong willed, and active. Who can provide an intelligent dog with a job to do along with plenty of play and socialisation

Not recommended for the inexperienced or stay at home owner, overly house proud types, harsh training regimes or high annual temperatures.

As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle.  ,For more information, why not visit this breeds national club

Comparable Breeds

Groenendael Temperament

The Belgian Sheepdog or Groenendael is a beautifully sleek and elegant looking dog with its luxuriant black coat and graceful lines. Don’t let his film star looks deceive you however as this is one dog who’s work drive is second to none. Vigilant and keen, their personality makes them a natural watchdog with a strong protective streak, so care needs to be taken when introducing strangers and new people. Belgian Sheepdogs make a fine companions for the active family.

Children and Animals. Groenendaels get on just fine with well mannered children, especially if raised with them but will not tolerate being abused or pulled about .They do have a strong chasing instinct towards other animals ,though this is mitigated again  if raised with them. There are many other dog breeds that are good with kids

Protection Very good watchdog and guardian. Naturally protective of their family, wary of strangers so good socialization, training and control is a must.

Training  Highly trainable with the right owner though can be wilful or stubborn, they feel the need to work and will take to training with enthusiasm.

The Groenendael temperament  is sensitive anddoes not respond well to harsh training regimes, positive methods , consistency and patience are advised to get the best out of them. They excel in obedience, sports etc and their versatility is such that they and are often used as service, police, guide , therapy and of course herding dogs on farms.

Grooming The Belgian sheepdog is one of those breeds  that "blows" its coat in the spring and fall. This means that the winter and summer coat is lost in a very heavy shed twice a year. Fairly intensive grooming at certain times of the year.

Exercise Groenendaels are working or herding dogs, and require a lot of mental and physical activity to keep them happy, whether that be protecting your property or going on long walks, these guys need a job to do.

If not a number of dog behavioral problems are likely to manifest themselves in your frustrated sheepdog such as chewing, digging, barking and even finding ways to get out of the yard if they are not given the right amount of exercise and human contact.

The Groenendael or Belgian Sheepdog  is one of four breeds recognised in the U.S by the AKC  that comes under the heading of Belgian Shepherd Dogs and were developed as herding and guardian dogs in Belgium during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries; with the breeds being the Belgian Malinois, Belgian Tervuren and  Belgian Laekenois respectively. Every where else apart from the US, these breeds are considered to be one breed with four variations and each of the four breeds are named after the villages of their origin. They were separated by the AKC in 1959 and  Groenendaels are named after the kennels that had first bred this distinctively black Belgian Shepherd variety.

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The Belgian Sheepdog Temperament Is Wary, Active,Alert, Resourceful and Protective.

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