A devoted, protective, and affectionate breed
Of the four types of Belgian Sheepdogs, the Laekenois is the rarest. These dogs are a strong and sturdy breed that was originally bred for herding livestock and is currently used by law enforcement in Europe. They are very protective of their families, as well as friendly and affectionate with those they know well.
Laekenois At a Glance
Laekenois At a Glance
- Size: 22"-26", 55-65 lbs.
- Lifespan: 10-12 years
- Energy Level: high
- Coat: Rough and coarse double coat
- Shedding: heavy
- Hypoallergenic: No
- Dog Group: Herding
- Common Nicknames:
Laekenois Breed Guide
Learn More About The Laekenois
The Laekenois is a strong and intelligent protector that is eager to please. If socialized early they are great with children and new visitors. They are extremely loyal and love spending time with their family. They get along with other animals but should be supervised in case their herding and dominant tendencies arise.
The Laekenois is a dog breed that doesn't have many breed-specific health issues. However, owners should get their dogs regularly checked out to ensure they are healthy. Some conditions that can affect this breed include ear infections, eye problems, heart conditions, and hip dysplasia.
They have a high energy level and should receive about an hour of exercise each day. They are not content being left in the yard, their exercise should involve their family. They are happiest when they have a job to do, and love it when obedience training is incorporated into their exercise.
These dogs need to be brushed weekly to keep their coats clean, tangle-free, and healthy. The Laekenois can be bathed on an as-needed basis when it gets dirty or has doggy odor. Like other breeds, the Laekenois needs its nails clipped regularly and its ears checked and cleaned consistently to prevent ear infections.
The Laekenois is a heavy-shedding breed that is not a good fit for households with allergies. Owners of this breed should be prepared to find loose fur throughout their homes.
The Lakenois's differentiating quality from the other Belgian Sheepdogs is their rough and tousled coat that comes in red, fawn, or grayish tones. Their alert and watchful eyes are often accented by black fur colorings. Their ears are set high on their head and sit erect.
Laekenois come from Belgium where their exact date or origin is unknown. A group, translated as the Belgium Shepherd Dog Club, was created to separate the various dogs breeds native to Belgium. It was because of this group that the Laekenois became a distinct breed. The Laekenois was used as a guard dog for people's homes, belongings, and livestock, in addition to being a herding dog. During World War II, this breed became a messenger dog and almost went extinct. After making its way to the United States, the Laekenois got its own club in 1995 and became a registered herding breed with the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2020.