Belgian Lakenois


A medium to large sized Belgian Lakenois
Belgian Lakenois Quick Summary
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Height (at withers)22-26in (56-66cm)
Weight60-75lbs (27-34kg)
Hair Colour(s)Black
Lifespan10-12 years
Energy LevelMedium
Litter size6-10
Barking TendencyMedium
Exercise requirementsMedium
Ease of trainingHigh
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityMedium
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if leftHigh

The Belgian Lakenois is a medium to large sized hardy looking dog. A Belgian Sheepdog, it is called the Lakenois to differentiate it from the other three Belgian Sheepdog varieties called the Groenendael, the Malinois and the Tervuren, to which it is very similar apart from the coat. The body is muscular with a deep chest, well-sprung ribs, a level topline and a fluffy tail. The head has a pointed muzzle, a black nose, upright triangular ears and dark brown eyes. The double coat consists of a dense undercoat and a long, thick and rough outercoat, and the colouring tends to be black with occasional white markings.


Belgian Lakenoises are alert, graceful and obedient dogs. With bags of energy and an appetite for play, they are also affectionate and make devoted companions and family dogs. Early socialisation and consistent training is recommended, and these sociable dogs do not like being left alone for long periods of time, which can lead to boredom and destructive behaviour. They are intelligent and determined, learn quickly and are generally obedient which can make training easy, but as they can have dominant and stubborn streaks and are also quite sensitive, they are best suited to those with some experience of dog ownership and training. Belgian Lakenoises get along well with older, more considerate children they have been raised with, and need proper socialisation with other household pets and may tend to chase smaller animals. As they have generous protective streaks they tend to be reserved and rather wary around strangers, and so make good watchdogs.

History & Skills

Belgian Lakenoises originate from Belgium, where they were originally bred in the late nineteenth century for both herding sheep and for guarding linen fields, where valuable cloths would be laid out. One of the four Belgian Sheepdog varieties (the others being Malinoises, Tervurens and Laekenoises), they were named after Laeken, the Belgian village in which they were developed. These are the rarest of the Belgian Sheepdog varieties.

Breed Specific Ailments

Belgian Lakenoises tend to live between 10-12 years and are considered to be quite a healthy breed. Some of the health problems that have been noted includes hip dysplasia, PRA, epilepsy, thyroid problems, cataracts and skin allergies.


Belgian Lakenoises are heavy shedders that also shed even more heavily on a seasonal basis, and so are probably unsuitable for those suffering with allergies. Their grooming requirements are not overly high, and the coat will need brushing twice a week, and more so during periods of heavier shedding, and the hair between the outer ears and toes, plus areas that tend to matt easily such as the ruff and legs, will need occasional trimming. It is important to clean and check the teeth regularly to avoid possible dental problems.

Exercise & Environment

Belgian Lakenoises tend to live indoors and can even be suitable for small homes such as apartments. They prefer cooler climates and will need time outdoors and plenty of exercise, which can be provided by having access to a secure yard or garden plus a daily walk or jog.


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