Belgian Shepherd - Group I. - Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs, Section 1 - Sheepdogs with working trial. Recognized in 1891.
Belgian Shepherd represents 4 varieties black-coloured long haired Groenendael, to a red-black beige coloured or grey-black longhaired Tervueren, Laekenois rough and short-haired Malinois.
All these varieties have the same general appearances which certainly include cleverness, perseverance, diligence and docility.
Temperament & Behaviour:
Originally this breed was bred as working breed, it is necessary properly provide to the Belgian Shepherd enough activities, games, etc. If it has no activities, nothing to do, it could turn into an unbalanced and unhappy individual who can find any fun itself. For this reason it is necessary that the owner must be responsible, and from an early age it must be provided to the Belgian Shepherd the process of socialization. If it were not, it could bring unexpected consequences the dog will become aggressive that all could be caused by its fear.
Thanks to their great docility and smart these dogs are suitable for almost all dog sports, but also they have good utility as working dogs, either as an avalanche, or to rescue and police dogs.
In family this breed behaves well, it is sensitive and kind dog. But they are also a very good guard, so that if it is necessary, they are very tough, strong and uncompromising.
Belgian Shepherds are medium-sized dogs, shortly rectangular body frame. Males about 62 cm and females about 58 cm (for both sexes, the tolerance of - 2 / + 4 cm). Weight of body for this breed in the range of 25-30 kg for females range from 20 to 25 kg.
Head high, proudly carried, moderate length, straight outlines, as if carved dry. Skull should be appropriately broad width corresponding to the length of the head, almost as long as the muzzle. The forehead should be rather flat. Longitudinal front cutting machine is only slightly pronounced. The occipital protuberance is only slightly noticeable. The frontal slope is distinct, reasonably steep. Muzzle should be formed under the eyes, has not fallen and the overall shape of an elongated wedge. Cheeks are dry, really flat, but well-muscled.
The mouth is relatively large and broad. Lips may be narrow, tightly fitting to the jaws and teeth on the edges of fully pigmented. The teeth are large, pure white, regularly spaced and deeply fixed in strong jaws. It requires a scissor bite, but tolerates also pincer bite. Full dentition is requested, but may be missing two of the first premolars (P1) and molars 3 (M3) is not considered.
The eyes should be of medium size, slightly almond-shaped, slanted, brown colour. Dark-coloured of iris preferred. The rims are black. The view is open, lively, bold, determined.
Erect ears be should rather small, set high, distinctly triangular shape, with solid tips. In action must be carried vertically, rather than spread out to the sides or tops leaning toward each other.
The neck is clearly indented from the head rather longer adequately muscled. The receptacle shall be without dewlap, nape slightly arched. Body should be strong topline of the body is in the back and loins straight tap must be distinctive, back firm, short and tightly muscled. The loin should be short, moderately broad and muscular. Croup is a little steep, fairly broad and well-muscled.
The tail should be set at a suitable rate, strong at the root, medium length. Reaching at least to hock joints. In rest position hanging down, and its end is level with the hock slightly curved upwards. When moving carried clearly higher, but never above the topline of the body. The tip must not be so-crochet.
The chest should not be too broad, but deep. The ribs are in their upper part more strongly curved than near the sternum. The abdomen is adequately rolled up. Forelegs to be boned, without coarse and should be properly muscled perpendicular to the substrate. Shoulders should be long, oblique, close to the chest. Elbows should be strong forearms are long, flat, firm wrist, dry. Pasterns should be strong and short. Feet are round, "cat", toes arched and tight, padded rigid, but flexible claws solid, dark colour.
The hindquarters should be strong, perpendicular to the substrate. Thighs should be moderately long, broad and well-muscled. Your knees should be bent. Tibia must have adequate length, broad and muscular. Hocks to be low over the base, broad, moderately angulated. The hocks are strong, short. Persistent dewclaws are deemed undesirable. All kinds of movements are lively, open, parallel, balanced.
For all sizes must be dense coat, proper texture. Overall together with undercoat excellent protection against the weather.
Faults from the standard requirements must be considered as defects and precisely evaluated by the degree of seriousness with regard to health and well-being. To negative defects include aggression or fearfulness, atypical overall appearance, overshot or undershot jaw, wry mouth, lack of one canine or P3, P4, M1, M2 or 3 or more teeth, extensive depigmentation of nose, eye rims and lips, earlobes suspended or after surgery modification, tail missing or shortened, carried too high, curled into a circle or twisted, any other colour of the coat than specified in the standard, large white shirt, white markings on the legs extending higher than the mid forelegs or white markings anywhere else on the body, absence of mask on the muzzle, shoulder height at withers different to standard.