Berger Belge Groenendael
The Berger Belge Groenendael is a mediocre, robust and elegant dog.
Of harmonious construction, it is endowed with a lean and well-developed musculature.
His gaits and his gaze give an impression of intelligence and gentleness.
The Belgian Shepherd Groenendael is distinguished from other Belgian Shepherd dogs (Tervueren, Laekenois and Malinois) by its long, exclusively black coat. He is a working dog as well as a guard dog and a companion dog. He excels in the latter area. Intelligent, reliable, protective and playful, he is also calm and athletic.
The Berger Belge Groenendael comes from the Belgian village of the same name.
he was created by Nicolas Rose in 1879 from a female dog with black, long hair, and a herding dog resembling her.
a puppies resulting from this crossing then served as the basis for the development of this variety of Belgian Shepherd dog.
Like the Malinois, the Tervueren and the Laekenois
Belgian Shepherd Groenendael was recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale on January 1, 1956.
The official FCI standard in force for the breed was published on March 13, 2001, specifying the characteristics of each variety.
- His hair: long and smooth all over the body, with the exception of the head, the outer face of the ears and the bottom of the limbs.
- Dense and tight, it is associated with a woolly undercoat, the whole giving the dog very good protection.
- Its color: exclusively black zain.
- Its head: long, straight, well drawn and carried high.
- The skull is moderately wide, the forehead is rounder than flat, the median furrow is not very pronounced. The stop is moderate, the nose black and the muzzle of medium length.
- His ears: set high, small, triangular in shape, ending in points and well erect when the dog is active.
- His eyes: almond-shaped, medium in size, brownish to dark in color.
- Display an expression that is intelligent, gentle and lively.
- His body: inscribed in a square.
- The line of the back and loins is quite straight, the withers accentuated, the back firm and well-muscled, the loins solid, the croup well-muscled, the belly slightly raised.
- Its tail: moderately long, thick at its attachment, hanging at rest, carried higher when the dog is awake.
The Groenendael is a frank and intelligent dog.
Therefore, it is very easy to educate. He is gentle and particularly sensitive.
This peculiarity obliges his master to show gentleness in an education that also combines firmness and rigor associated with a good dose of play and affection to be obedient and balanced.
The latter must not give the Groenendael repetitive exercises because he could get tired of it.
You have to manage to create a climate of trust between this dog and his master. His flair, excellent, must be developed.
It is not for nothing that he is often used as a search dog. In any case, he does not support brutality.
He must be socialized very early in order to avoid dominant behavior towards his congeners.
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