Category: Herding Dogs
Facts about Belgian Sheepdogs, "Scientific name for Belgian Sheepdog, or domestic canine, is Canis lupus familiaris". The Belgian Sheepdog is a variety of shepherd dog that hails from Belgium. The Belgian Sheepdog breed is like other sheep herding dogs from Belgium, including the German Shepherd Dog, the Dutch Shepherd Dog, the Briard and other varieties. Four kinds of dogs, such as Laekenois, Groenendael, Malinois and Tervuren have been acknowledged by different registries as separate varieties or breeds.
The Belgian Sheepdog is an average-to-big-sized dog. They share an analogous basic musculoskeletal structure with other varieties, closely looking like the famous German Shepherd variety save for the back legs. The Belgian Sheepdog breed as well, share a close cranial characteristic with other varieties, having a forehead in the shape of a dome, an elongated, square-cut muzzle and black snouts with their pointed ears that are fully erect. One among the identifying features of the Belgian Sheepdog breed is that the dog is square, with its tallness from the floor to the shoulders being equal to its body length.
The average height of the Belgian Sheepdog for the males 24 to 26 inches (60.9 to 66 cm) and the average female is 22 to 24 inches (55.9 to 60.9 cm). The average weight of the male 65 to 75 pounds (29.5 to 34 kg) and the average female is 60 to 70 pounds (27.2 to 31.7 kg).
The number one heath problems amongst Belgian Sheepdogs is obesity, so always make sure your dog doesn't get to fat. Many foot problems that Belgian Sheepdogs have are just an issue of long toenails. The Belgian Sheepdog is prone to certain health problems such as Hypothyroidism, Anesthesia Sensitivity, Cancer, (PRA) Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Epilepsy, Elbow Dysplasia and Hip Dysplasia.
Nervousness can be a difficulty in this Belgian Sheepdog breed. The Belgian Sheepdog breeds need a minimum time of one hour exercise for each day. If they are provided with adequate exercise and psychological stimulation in the form of play or training, the Belgian Sheepdog will find their individual amusement, and odds are it will be costly to repair.Belgian Sheepdogs sweat glands are between their paw pads.
A Belgian Sheepdog sees in color and have better low light vision. Belgian Sheepdogs have three eyelids, a lower lid, an upper eyelid lid and a third lid, that is called a haw or nictitating membrane, this keeps the dogs eye protected and moist. Belgian Sheepdogs eyes have a special membrane for seeing better at night, called a tapetum lucidum - a dogs reflective layer in the choroid chiefly of nocturnal, causing the eyes to glow when light at night hits the eyes and they consist of some layers of smooth flat cells covered by a section of double deformed crystals
The Belgian Sheepdog is portrayed as highly clever, alert, responsive to everything happening around the dog and form extremely well-built relationship bonds. The Belgian Sheepdog are faithful, amusing, highly trainable and well-matched to the family life. Their herding inheritance offers them a reasonably high energy and psychological level. A continuous bodily exercise is essential to keep the Belgian Sheepdog breeds healthy and happy. They do well in games, such as dog agility and obedience training. The Belgian Sheepdogs are used as the search, support and rescue dogs, including military, police and narcotics dogs.
The average lifespan of the Belgian Sheepdog ranges from 10 years to 12 years.
If purchasing a Belgian Sheepdog from a breeder, make sure to find a good breeder with references check at least two to three of the puppies that were purchased from this breeder.
The Belgian Sheepdog belongs in the Herding Group and in 1912 it was recognized by the (AKC) American Kennel Club.
Only humans and dogs have prostates, But a dog doesn't have an appendix. Belgian Sheepdogs have two times the amount of ear muscles than people.
A Belgian Sheepdogs can hear a sound at four times the distance of a human. Sound frequency is measured in Hertz (Hz) Def-Hertz is the measurement of frequency, explicitly it's one cycle per second. The higher the Hertz are, the higher the pitched the sound is. Dogs hear best at 45,000 Hz to 65,000 Hz, while humans hear best at around 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz.
Belgian Sheepdogâ€™s nose prints can be used to identify them, their nose prints are like a humans finger print. A Belgian Sheepdog smells more than 1,000 times stronger than that of a human. A Belgian Sheepdogâ€™s nose, secretes a thin layer of mucous that helps it absorb scent, after that they lick their noses and sample the scent through their mouth.
Average body temperature for a Belgian Sheepdog is between 101 to 102.5 degrees
A Belgian Sheepdog is an omnivore, (definition-they eat both other animals and plants). All Dogs are direct descendants of wolves.
Belgian Sheepdogs pant to keep cool with 10 to 35 breaths per minute with an average of 24 breaths per minute. A large dog breed resting heart beats between 60 to 100 times per minute, and a small dog breedâ€™s heart beats on average between 100 to 140 pant a lot. "Fear of a dog Cynophobia".
A Belgian Sheepdogâ€™s mouth can apply approximately 150 to 200 pounds of pressure per square inch and an American Pit Bull Terrier, German Shepherd Dog and a rottweiler can have 320 LBS of pressure on avg.
All dogs are identical in makeup big or smallâ€“ 42 permanent teeth and 321 bones. Belgian Sheepdog Puppies have 28 teeth and when they become adult dogs they have 42 teeth. Female Belgian Sheepdogs are in heat for matting for about 20 days twice a year. Belgian Sheepdog Puppies for their first few weeks will sleep ninety percent of the day and their vision is not fully developed until after the first month. Female Belgian Sheepdogs are pregnant for 60 days before theyâ€™re puppies are born