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Belgian Shepherd Laekenois Dog Breed Info, Pictures, Facts, & Traits

Written by: Dogster Team

Last Updated on February 15, 2024 by Dogster Team

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Belgian Shepherd Laekenois Dog Breed Info, Pictures, Facts, & Traits

Quick Facts

  • Weight: 55 – 65 pounds
  • Height: 22 – 26 inches

The Look of a Belgian Shepherd Laekenois

The Belgian Laekenois is a light, graceful, square-built dog covered in a harsh, wiry coat that comes in shades ranging from fawn to mahogany. It has a flat-topped head with a long (but not pointed) muzzle, black nose and triangle-shaped ears that point straight up. Its dark brown eyes have a watchful expression. The Laekenois has a thick neck, level back and a low-hanging tail. Overall, the Belgian Laekenois has a handsomely shaggy look.


  • Dependable
  • Protective
  • Sweet
  • Hardworking
  • Curious
  • Reserved

Ideal Human Companion

  • Active, sporty types
  • Farmers and ranchers
  • Families
  • Experienced dog handlers

What They Are Like to Live With

The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois may have a strong working-dog background, but it craves companionship and family time. Highly protective of its family, property and territory, the Laekenois is an effective but restrained watchdog. An alert and watchful companion to children, it really flourishes when given a steady dose of good-natured play, cuddling and training. Overall, the Laekenois is a loyal, friendly and affectionate friend.

Things You Should Know

The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois can live as long as 14 years. A relatively healthy breed, some Laekenois can develop skin allergies, eye problems and hip dysplasia. Its wiry coat needs a good, daily brushing and the occasional clipping. Also remember that this dog likes to be busy. From an early age, keep it active and socially challenged. It truly thrives when it has a job to do.

Belgian Shepherd Laekenois History

The most rare of Belgium’s four sheepdog varieties (the Groenendael, the Laekenois, the Tervuren and the Malinois), the Belgian Shepherd Laekenois was named for the Belgian city of the same name. The Laekenois’ original duty was to guard the fine linens hung in the fields of Antwerp. Like the other Belgian sheepdog breeds, it was also used as a herder and police dog. The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois joined the Herding Group and was eligible to compete in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show for the first time in 2021.

Featured Image Credit: Marry Kolesnik, Shutterstock

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