THE BELGIAN SHEEPDOG IS NOT COMMON
The Belgian Sheepdog is confusing. It belongs with about 3 other breeds and is related to the Belgian Malinois but the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes this breed as a separate entity. The Belgian Sheepdog is not that common and I have worked only on a handful of them. They are large herding dogs and are often are found as fine family dogs. Protective of their owners it is a good idea to train this breed early and get the animal used to socializing with strangers and young children. This will make training much easier.
The Belgian Sheepdog is a relatively large dog and needs plenty of exercise to be happy. The best place for this dog would be in a rural or suburban setting where it has plenty of space to burn off energy. The Belgian Sheepdog does require regular combing and brushing to look its best. It is a healthy dog and issues that come up are related to hip dysplasia, bloat and cataracts. Not that common but a great companion animal. Learn more about the Belgian Sheepdog at Animal Planet’s Dog Breed Selector.