Basics of Dog Breed : Belgian Shepherd Laekenois

Posted on September 24 2018

Basics of Dog Breed : Belgian Shepherd Laekenois

The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois forms, with the Malinois, the    and the Groenendael  Tervueren , the large family of dogs of Belgian Shepherds. It differs from these mainly by its hard and rough coat. Medioline, of harmonious and powerful construction, it is a rustic and robust dog.

Breed Information:

Origin:  Belgium
FCI Group: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)
FCI number: 15
Hair type: Half-long
Shape of the head: Long

Race history

The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois was named after the Laeken castle . This dog was the favorite of Queen Marie-Henriette (1865-1902). This is the oldest variety of Belgian Shepherd , but also the rarest . Only very few exist outside Belgium and the Netherlands. The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois is from Boom, in the province of Antwerp. It was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale on January 1st, 1956 among the Belgian Shepherds, whose official FCI standard in force was published on March 13th, 2001.

Physical characteristics

His hair: hard, dry and tousled, runs on the top of the chamfer, forehead and legs. The coat is doubled with a undercoat to form a set giving the dog a very good protection. 
Its color: tawny with marks charmed at the muzzle and the tail. 
His head: long, carried high, very straight, dry. The skull is of medium width, the stop is moderate. 
Its ears: triangular in shape, small in size, tied high, ending in a point and well erect when the dog is awake. 
His eyes: slightly almonds, brownish in color, of medium size, displaying an expression of intelligence and liveliness. 
His body :writable in a square, powerful without being heavy. The line of the back and the kidney is rectilinear, the tourniquet accentuated, the back short and well muscled, the rump well muscled and very slightly inclined. 
Its tail: moderately long, reaching the hock or protruding slightly, strong at its attachment, hanging at rest with the tip slightly curved towards the rear, raised when the dog is in action.

Weight and size

Weight Cut
Female Between 20 kg and 25 kg Between 56 cm and 62 cm
Male Between 25 kg and 30 kg Between 60 cm and 66 cm

A Belgian Shepherd dog Laekenois is classified in the category of large dogs .

Behavior and character

The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois is a smart dog , with an innate sense of protection and defense . Extremely loyal and courageous , he is always alert, alert and never afraid. Like all Belgian Shepherds, the Laekenois loves work and shows it to his advantage: herd guard, property guard, service.


Like other Belgian Shepherd varieties, the  Belgian Shepherd Laekenois is educated with a  balanced blend of firmness and softness . His intelligence makes him  learn easily , but his assertive character requires the master to show him the limits not to cross as soon as possible.


The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois is a robust and rustic dog . Its double and well-supplied hair protects it effectively against climatic roughness . Side diseases, there is not much to fear for the Belgian Shepherd Laekenois, except a small risk of dysplasia of the hip that cats all large dogs in general.

Maintenance & Hygiene


The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois loses relatively little hair . Its rustic dress is not particularly difficult to maintain , but it requires regular care to preserve its characteristics.


It is recommended to  brush the dog every week  using a soft metal card to keep the hair clean.

Physical activity

The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois is an essentially active dog, like the other Belgian Shepherds. He  needs frequent and long exits , as well as a lot of exercise. Sportsman and worker , he is always ready to accompany his master in his physical activities.

Living conditions

The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois is cut for work and for outdoor living (except at extremely low or high temperatures). Living in an apartment suits him much less. He can adapt to other environments if he has the opportunity to spend himself often and long enough.

Price and budget

Minimum Maximum
Buying price 500 € 800 €

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