Belgian Shepherd Dog Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Belgian Shepherd Dog (BSD) is a single breed with four distinct varieties, only differentiated by coat type and named after the geographic regions from which they originated. Sheepdogs have been used in Belgium since the Middle Ages, and at one time there were up to eight varieties.
It was not until 1891 that Professor Adolphe Reul of the Belgian Veterinary School established Breed Standards for the varieties of Belgian Shepherd Dog.
The Groenendael, black with a long body coat was developed by a restaurant owner; a brewer originated the long-coated Tervueren which like the Malinois is in shades of red, fawn and grey with black overlay.
The Malinois, from Malines has a short and dense coat and the Laekenois is named after the Royal residence of Queen Marie Henriette, Chateau de Laeken whose favourite variety this was.
The Laekenois has a harsh wiry coat and is a reddish fawn with black shading and remains the rarest variety in the UK. However, he is very popular with the US Military and is used by them for war work.
Rescue and Rehoming
In the unfortunate event you need to re-home your dog, or you are looking to give a home to an older dog, contact the Breed Clubs for their assistance. It is always wise to speak to people who are expert in the breed so you can get the best possible help.