Belgian Shepherd Laekenois

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The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois forms, with the Malinois, the Groenendael and the Tervueren, the great family of Belgian Shepherd dogs. It differs from them mainly by its harsh and coarse coat. Medioligne, of harmonious and powerful construction, it is a rustic and robust dog. He is the rarest Belgian dog. He has many qualities similar to his cousins, such as loyalty, frankness, intelligence. He is also sporty and lively, but knows how to be calm when the situation calls for it. An excellent life companion, he is also a very good protective dog, guard dog and working dog.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Belgium
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 20 kg to 25 kg From 56 cm to 62 cm
Male From 25 kg to 30 kg From 60 cm to 66 cm
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History of the breed

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

Physical features

His hair: harsh, dry and tousled in appearance, runs over the top of the muzzle, the forehead and the legs. The top coat is lined with an undercoat to form a whole giving the dog very good protection.
Its color: fawn with charred marks on the muzzle and tail.
His head: long, carried high, straight, lean. The skull is of medium width, the stop is moderate.
Its ears: triangular in shape, small in size, set high, ending in a point and well erected when the dog is awake.
His eyes: slightly almond-shaped, 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 straight, the withers accentuated, the back short and well muscled, the croup well muscled and very slightly inclined.
Its tail: moderately long, reaching the hock or slightly exceeding it, strong at its attachment, hanging at rest with the end slightly curved backwards, raised when the dog is in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois is an intelligent dog , endowed with an innate sense of protection and defense . Extremely loyal and courageous , he is always alert, lively and never fearful. Like all Belgian Shepherds, the Laekenois enjoys work and shows himself to his advantage: herding herds, property custody, service. He will watch wonderfully over his master, his adoptive family and the children he will have in his care. He is very playful with them. This temperament goes hand in hand with his lively , bold side . He is always alert, sometimes calm but maybe too exuberant.

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Like other varieties of Belgian Shepherd, the   Belgian Shepherd Laekenois is educated with a balanced mix of firmness and softness . His intelligence makes him learn easily , but his assertive character requires, on the part of the teacher, that he shows him the limits not to cross as soon as possible. Indeed, the Laekenois, like all Belgian shepherds, is particularly sensitive .

His intelligence will make him obey quite easily . His education is therefore quite simple. He should be socialized at a very young age so that he does not see the presence of a child as a concern and that he can cohabit as well as possible with his peers.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois is cut for work and for outdoor life (except in extremely low or high temperatures). Apartment life suits him much less. He can adapt to other environments if he has the opportunity to exercise often and long enough.


Ease of gaining weight

The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois is a robust and rustic dog. Its double, well-supplied hair effectively protects it against harsh weather conditions . As for illnesses, there is not much to fear for the Belgian Shepherd Laekenois, apart from a small risk of hip dysplasia which generally threatens all large dogs.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 6 and 10 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Belgian Shepherd Laekenois is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

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

In addition to weekly brushing (or daily during the moult) using a flexible metal card to ensure the cleanliness of its coat, the Laekenois may need an ear and eye wash with a cotton pad. humidified. This will keep it from infections.

Price and budget

Purchase price

Max € 500
800 €

The purchase price of a Belgian Shepherd Laekenois is between 500 € and 800 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 1300
€ 1350

The annual maintenance cost of a Belgian Shepherd Laekenois is between 1300 € and 1350 €.

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As for all dogs, the diet of the Laekenois must be considered according to its daily energy expenditure. In addition, the Laekenois can be satisfied with difficulty with high quality croquettes which it will preferably ingest in 2 meals. A fairly light ration in the morning and a more substantial one in the evening to avoid any problem linked to a possible torsion of the stomach. In any case, his diet must be rich in carbohydrates and proteins.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

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


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)

Recognized by FCI

Since 1956


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