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Belgian Shepherd Dog


Who loves me will love my dog also.
- St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Belgian Shepherd Dog puppy

Ch Eclat De Toile's Susie Q

The Four Varieties of Belgian Shepherd Dogs

The Belgian Tervuren

The Belgian Malinois

The Tervuren
(courtesy of Spiritus Reg'd)

The Groenendael
(courtesy of Tervfect Reg'd)
The Malinois
(courtesy of The Dogmen, Inc.)

The Laekenois 
(courtesy of Tervfect Reg'd)


Belgian Shepherd Dog adult
Ch Enjoleur Du Cardre Noir

As their name suggests, Belgian Shepherd Dogs were developed in Belgium as sheep herding dogs. 

They were introduced to North America after World War I. 

Belgian Shepherds are known in their own country for their intelligence, and were used during the war as messengers and rescue dogs. 

Recently this dog underwent a name change. His old name, Belgian Sheepdog, may be more familiar.

There are four different varieties of Belgian Shepherd corresponding to four different coat types. 

The dogs are named for the Belgian towns where they were most popular.  

The Belgian Shepherd Dog stands about 25 inches tall at the shoulder. There are four different varieties of Belgian Shepherd corresponding to four different coat types. The Groenendael has a long-haired, solid black coat.  The Tervuren is also long-haired and is fawn or gray with black overlay. The Malinois has a fawn and black short coat. The Laeken is rough-haired and comes in red brown, fawn, or gray. Regular grooming is important, particularly for the long-haired varieties.

The Belgian Shepherd is very protective of his family and makes an excellent guard dog and watch dog. He needs early socialization to gain confidence in his owners and accept other pets or children in other families. Responsive and loyal, this dog does very well in obedience training. Agility, tracking, and flyball are other activities at which the Belgian Shepherd excels. 

Bred to herd, the Belgian Shepherd Dog is born to work and if left to his own devices, will create his own work by herding whatever is around: people, children, other pets, etc. An elegant and sensitive breed, the Belgian Shepherd is nevertheless very active and requires lots of daily outdoor exercise. He will best suit an owner who enjoys lots of outdoor activity such as walking, jogging, cycling, etc. 


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Chris Elrod, Eclat D'étoile
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British Columbia


Donna-Marie Cyr
705 Jacobson Road
Williams Lake, BC  V2G 5M2
(250) 392-5531

Teseko Kennels

Chris Elrod
3260 Doupe Road
Duncan, BC   V9I 6P1
(250) 746-4235

Eclat D'étoile

Pearl Fabbro
26155-124th Avenue
Maple Ridge, BC V2W 1C4
(604) 462-0836 





Nicole McIlwrick
Box 534
Whitecourt, AB  T7S 1N6
(780) 706-3248






Sheila Benoit-Gray
62 McFeeters Crescent
Bowmanville, ON  L1C 4Y5
(905) 441-4535


Ravenmasque Reg'd

Monique Boucher
1056 Lochwinnoch Road
Renfrew, ON  K7C 3Z4
(613) 602-1833

Tervfect Reg'd

Mike McConnery
Mike the Dogman
(519) 265-6708

Mike the Dogman

Angie Nadon
Bailieboro, ON K0L 1B0
(705) 939-1999


SterlingDen Kennel





Jo Gauthier
104 des Quenouilles
St-Colomban, QC  J5K 1L2
(450) 560-9119

Chenil du Josar


Crusader Resources
315 5th Avenue, Bay 14
Unit 105
Cochrane, AB  T4C 2E3
(403) 932-8830

Spirit Ridge K9 Training & Rescue  
Box 70, Hillsburgh, ON N0B 1Z0   
(519) 855-6962 



Did you know?

A dog can hear sounds
 250 yards away while people cannot hear 
beyond 25 yards. 

The human ear can detect sound waves vibrating at frequencies up to 20,000 times a second. Dogs can hear sound waves that vibrate at frequencies of more than 30,000 times a second.


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