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The first impression of the Belgian Sheepdog is that of a well balanced, square dog, elegant in appearance, with an exceedingly proud carriage of the head and neck. He is a strong, agile, well muscled animal, alert and full of life. His whole conformation gives the impression of depth and solidity without bulkiness.
Black. May be completely black, or may be black with white.
The Belgian Sheepdog has qualities of intelligence, courage, alertness and devotion to master. He should be watchful and attentive. He should be observant and vigilant with strangers, but not apprehensive. He should not show fear or shyness. With those he knows well, he is most affectionate and friendly, zealous of their attention, and very possessive.
The Belgian Shepherd is rare in the United States, but the most popular in its native of Belgium. The breed was established in the late 1890Æs by one man who desperately wanted to create a standard for the Shepherds. In 1951, the AKC decided to break the Belgian Shepherds into the four categories we have today.