The Groenendael /ˈɡroʊnɨndæl/ is a dog that is included in the Belgian Shepherd breed. In the United States it is generally recognized under the name Belgian Sheepdog.
Links to Breed Descriptions
See: The German Kennel Club (VDH) for information and video (if available).
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Video (link - https://youtu.be/GYbNEg7ukPs):
This and other breed videos are available in full length here: www.meisterpetztv.de
Other Names for Breed
Belgian Shepherd Dog/Groenendael
Delgisk vallhund/ groenendael
Berger belge (groenendael)
Chien de Berger Belge/Groenendael
Perro de pastor belga/Groenendael
Belgisk Fårehund, Groenendael
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club
Country of origin: Belgium
Health and Well-Being
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
This article on Belgian Shepherds is part of a series to highlight the Big Picture of health, welfare and breeding and to help develop Globally Relevant Integrated Health Profiles (GRIHPs) for many breeds. See IPFD's Get a GRIHP! on Breed Health Initiative
This article is an overview of the Belgian Shepherd Dog varieties. A variety-specific analysis for the Groenendael (in US known as the Belgian Sheepdog) is available as a PDF.
GRIHP_Groenendael J Uski(1).pdf
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
Finland: Koiranet: https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/frmEtusivu.aspx?R=15.1
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Category 1)
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Finland: Jalostuksen tavoiteohjelma Belgianpaimenkoira groenendael 1.1.2022 – 31.12.2026
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Belgium: Royal Union of Belgian Sheepdogs Clubs vzw: https://kucbh.be/
Finland: Suomen Belgianpaimenkoirayhdistys ry: http://www.finbelge.fi/
Sweden: Rasklubben för Belgiska Vallhundar: https://afbv.se/