Belgian Laekenois

Breed Summary

The first impression of the Belgian Laekenois is that of a square, well-balanced dog, elegant in appearance, with an exceedingly proud carriage of the head and neck. They are a strong, agile, well-muscled animal, alert, and full of life. Their whole conformation gives the impression of depth and solidity without bulkiness. The male dog is usually somewhat more impressive and grand than his female counterpart. The bitch should have a distinctly feminine look. Both males and females should be judged equally.

Country of Origin: Belgium

AKC Breed Popularity:

AKC Classification: Herding Group

UKC Classification: Herding

Exercise Requirements: >40 minutes/day

Height: Female: 22-24 inches.; Male: 24-26 inches

Weight: Female: 55-65 lbs. Male: 55-65 lbs.

Physical traits: Well-balanced, Square, Compact

Coat: Length: Medium

Characteristics: Coarse

Colors: All shades of red or fawn to greyish tones

Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate

Personality traits/Temperament: Affectionate, Alert, Intelligent

Energy Level: Very energetic

Tendency to Drool: Low

Tendency to Snore: Low

Tendency to Bark: Moderate

Tendency to Dig: Low

Social/Attention Needs: Moderate


The Belgian Laekenois is a robust, healthy breed. Their life expectancy is 10 to 14 years. Responsible breeders will screen their breeding stock for various health conditions. Some dogs can develop itchy skin conditions where baths with a high-quality dog shampoo and conditioner is recommended. Flea control is also essential. As with all breeds, a Belgian Laekenois’s ears should be checked regularly for signs of infection, and the teeth should be brushed regularly.


The Belgian Laekenois should do well on high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared. Add a high-quality dog multivitamin to complete the nutritional circle. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet.


Socialization and puppy training classes are especially important. They promote friendly behavior, nip bad habits in the bud, and strengthen the bond between puppy and owner. Fortunately, Belgian Laekenois are very intelligent and want nothing more than to make their owners happy, so they take to training quickly.


The ideal owner will understand that the Belgian Laekenois will not be happy sitting around nor can they be expected to live alone in the yard. Eager to please, Laekenois want to be with their humans and need an active lifestyle and plenty of employment to be happy. Daily walks are necessary. Use paw balm daily to protect their feet. When the new puppy arrives, it’s important to get him socialized early, with frequent and positive meet-and-greet sessions, as these working dogs are typically reserved with strangers.

Interesting Fact:

They are a variety of Belgian Shepherd.


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