Belgian Laekenois Dog Breed Profile

by Luke Blaise

Breeds Not AKC Approved

The Belgian Laekenois is a dog breed often referred to as the Belgian Shepherd Dog. this dog is closely related to the Malinois, Tervuren, and Groenendael (Belgian Sheepdog). this is a medium-sized working dog. It has a woolly coat, and is very intelligent and great with people.


The Belgian Laekenois was initially a lamb herding dog at Royal Castle of Laeken. It is regarded both as the most ancient as well as the most uncommon of Belgian Shepherd Dogs. Till the creation of dog shows in early 1900's, the 4 types were openly intermixed; actually, you will find only 3 genes (fawn/black coat, smooth/wire coat, short/long coat) that distinguish the types genetically. Purebred Laekenois sometimes give birth to sleek-coated puppies, which usually, based on the pure-bred registry, could be listed as Malinois.

Physical Features

The Laekenois is a hard-working, medium-sized square-proportioned dog in the sheepdog group with upright triangular ears. The Laekenois is identified by its white and woolly brown coat, intermixed in order to provide a tweedy look. The majority of kennel clubs' standards permit black shading, mostly in the tail and muzzle.

The Laekenois's tough wire coat protects the entire body. Colors vary from mahogany to fawn with black overlay. The height of the dog is 24-26 inches, and the weight around 55-65 pounds.


Belgian Laekenois is definitely a vibrant and obedient dog. They're observant and determined with a strong protecting and territorial intuition. This dog is naturally protective so it must be taught and socialized adequately from a young age. Puppies must be socially interacted with from birth. Best for competition and working obedience. The breed is high energy, having a high mental ability, and they are quick to understand.

Common Health Problems

This healthy, hardy breed the doesn't have major health problems. Some minor issues which were seen are eye problems, excessive aggressiveness, excessive shyness, skin allergies and occasionally elbow dysplasia and hip dysplasia.

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