Belgian shepherd puppies have a black coat that can be either solid or have a small amount of white on the chest, chin or toes. The coat is long, and there is extra hair around the dog's legs, tail and underneath the body. Belgian shepherds have brown eyes and erect ears.
Belgian shepherds are medium-sized dogs accustomed to living outside. Their coat is resistant to damp climates, and they shed twice a year. Adult Belgian shepherds are 22 to 26 inches tall and weigh 40 to 75 pounds. They have a lifespan of 12 to 14 years, and they are susceptible to seizures, allergies and skin disorders. Belgian shepherds have a tendency to become obese if they are fed too much. Females birth from 6 to 10 puppies each litter. Belgian shepherds are also known as Belgian sheepdogs or Groenendaels. They are one of the four Belgian herding breeds.
Belgian shepherds are good at herding, obedience, tracking and protection. They are independent and very protective of their families. They sometimes show aggression towards other dogs and animals. Belgian shepherds have a wide range of temperaments. They are often used as police and guard dogs because they are watchful and alert.