- WEIGHT: 10 to 25 lbs
- HEIGHT: 15 to 17 inches
- COLOR(S): Black, brindle, seal, with white markings on muzzle, between eyes, and chest. Possible white markings on legs.
- BREED GROUP: Non-Sporting
WEIGHT: 40 to 80 lbs
HEIGHT: 22 to 26 inches
COLOR(S): Reddish fawn to mahogany coloring with black shading, principally on muzzle and tail.
Laekenois are obedient, loyal, and good watch dogs. They will alert their owners of something unusual, and will make good guard dogs if called upon. They will only attack if there is a true threat, however. The Laekenois is agile, versatile and can be dominant to other pets and to its owner. Training early in life is needed. The breed is also sturdy, very trainable, and loves the outdoors, no matter what the weather.
Harsh, curly, wiry and dry hair. Daily combing and brushing of the Laekenois' coat is important. Clip out mats that form particularly in the ruff and on the legs. Clip hair from between their toes and on the outer ears. Bathe only when necessary. Shedding is bi-annually.
Epilepsy, anesthesia sensitivity, cancer, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), thyroid problems, excessive shyness, eye problems, and hip and elbow dysplasia.
These are a working dog and need a lot of exercise, preferably off the leash as much as possible. Herding games or a job to do are excellent sources of exercise.
Early training will prevent puppies from developing a sharp temper. The Laekenois will adapt well to both an urban or country environment as long as they have space to roam. A home with a fenced yard is essential. The best owner for this breed would be an active dog-experienced owner living in a rural or suburban environment.
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