Belgian Shepherd Laekenois

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Breed Group: Miscellaneous Class
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Originating in Belgium, the Belgian Shepherd Laekenois breed was developed for the herding and guarding of sheep. The Laekenois is one of four breeds of Belgian Shepherds and is considered to be the rarest of the four. They are the only Belgian Shepherd in the United States not recognized by the AKC.
A medium sized breed, the Belgian Shepherd Laekenois is squarely-built and has an unkept appearance. They are sturdy, hardy, agile, and athletic. Their most distinctive feature is their rough and wiry coat.
The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois is not recommended for inexperienced dog owners. This breed is extremely loyal, vigilant, and protective. They thrive on human companionship. They do not do well if left alone for extended periods of time and will become destructive if lonely or bored. Belgian Shepherd Laekenois's typically bond to one particular family member. They do well with children they have been raised with. It is important that this breed is never engaged in chasing games, tug-of-war, or rough-house play. They are not recommended for homes with non-canine pets. They will do well with dogs they have been with from puppyhood. They are suspicious of strangers and will guard and protect their family, property, and territory.
Daily combing of the coat is essential to prevent matting. Professional trimming should be done twice a year. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary. The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois breed is prone to such health issues as eye problems, skin allergies, and hip and elbow dysplasia.
The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois has a rough, shaggy, wooly, and water-proof coat. The head and muzzle are fringed and there is dense, bushy hair on the tail.
The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois requires early, intensive and ongoing socialization and obedience. This breed is demanding and dominant. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience, consistency, and reward.
Belgian Shepherd Laekenois's require an inordinate amount of physical exercise and mental stimulation. They are not recommended for city or apartment living. The Laekenois does best in a rural setting with a job to do and ample room to safely roam and run. They excel in herding, search and rescue, tracking, police work, and sledding.
55-65 lbs
Male: 24-26; Female: 22-24 inches
Fawn, mahogany; with black overlap. There is black shading on the muzzle and tail.
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The cost to buy a Belgian Shepherd Laekenois varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Belgian Shepherd Laekenois puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Belgian Shepherd Laekenois sold is $800.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Belgian Shepherd Laekenois with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $1,000 upwards to $1,000 or even more for a Belgian Shepherd Laekenois with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Belgian Shepherd Laekenois sold is $900.

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Median Price: $800.00
Average Price: $900.00
Top Quality: $1,000.00 to $1,000.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 100 Belgian Shepherd Laekenois puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Belgian Shepherd Laekenois puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Belgian Shepherd Laekenois true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

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The average price of a Belgian Shepherd Laekenois pup will be between $1700.00 - $2500.00 depending on the pedigree of the puppy and where the breeder resides.

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How does their personality and character compare to that of Tervuren or Sheepdog?



The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois, the Belgian Tervuren and the Belgian Sheepdog (all of the same breed) are quite close in character and temperament. They are in need of a breed experienced owner and are not 'dog park' dogs. They need exercise every day and gentle but firm training at the start by the whole family. As per personality, every dog, like every person is different and the personality will range from pup to pup. Spend some time with the breed at a dog show that the breed is entered in and contact a breeder that can give you more insight to the breed's traits.


I have a Tervuren and she's the easiest dog I've ever trained. Friendly, even aggressive dogs never phase her. She's been great with seniors and children. I've had GSD's, Danes, Dobies and Aussies. They are by far one of the most incredible breeds I've ever encountered. Even for new owners...take an obedience class and you won't be disappointed!

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Updated: 5/19/2022