Breed Love: Belgian super-dogs

Sambuca (Buki)
This is a Belgian sheepdog, also known as a Groenendael; breed standards requires them to be all black. Source: Flickr, user 3blackdogs

Belgian sheepdogs are INTENSE. This trio of breeds (all pictured here) contains some of the dog world’s most energetic, intelligent, and athletic members. The Belgian malinois, for instance, has become the preferred dog of the U.S. military and local police forces for its determination, stamina, and intelligence. (Malinois are rapidly replacing German shepherds in this role because the breed has not been tainted by the popularity that plagues GSDs, which often creates poor, careless breeding.) It is reported that the dog who accompanied the Navy SEALs in capturing and killing Osama bin Laden was a Belgian malinois.

Interestingly enough, my dad grew up with a father-daughter pair of Belgian sheepdogs (the black variety, also known as a Groenendael). The dogs were apparently rather high-maintenance, however: the father was named Satan and his daughter was Satin.

Belgian Tervurens
These are Belgian Tervurens. Not that different from Belgian sheepdogs, except for their coloring. Source: Flickr

I don’t know a ton about these three closely related breeds, but what I do read about them is certainly impressive. Because of their relative rarity and working demands, I don’t think I’d ever get a dog from this Belgian trifecta of awesomeness, but I find myself content to admire them from afar.

Belgian Shepherd Dog - Malinois
Finally, this is a Belgian Malinois. Looks like a German shepherd, but isn't. Source: Flickr, user dominik_peters

Keep up the good work, Belgian super-dogs! I salute you.

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