Belgian Shepherd Dog

MyDogDNA Breed Data: Belgian Shepherds

Working dogs originating from Belgium, Belgian Shepherds were created for herding purposes but are nowadays used in many different dog sports and as military and police working dogs. There are four distinct types of Belgian Shepherds defined by coat colour and texture. The registration of these types varies between countries. In FCI countries, these varieties are called Belgian Shepherd Malinois, Belgian Shepherd Tervueren, Belgian Shepherd Groenendael and Belgian Shepherd Laekenois.

Genetic testing of Belgian Shepherd Dogs – what have we learned so far?

The Belgian Shepherd Dog is an alert and energetic medium size dog breed that originated in Belgium where it was used to herd sheep. Nowadays the Belgian Shepherd is a versatile sport and working dog, as well as show dog and family pet. The four breeds/ breed varieties are Tervueren, Malinois, Groenendael (Belgian Sheepdog in US) and Laekenois. The breed varieties vary in coat texture, length and color.