The Groenendaeler or Groenendaler is a Belgian Shepherd that is also sometimes called Groenendaelse Herder. This breed is successfully used for herding livestock and as a protection dog, but is also an excellent family dog. Groenendaelers are energetic, eager to work dogs that like to be given orders. They form a close bond with their owner and are very watchful. Their intelligence and sensitivity, for example to your intonation, means that they quickly learn new things when training. If these dogs get a lot of exercise, they are very quiet companions indoors. They especially like ball games and retrieving, but also like swimming.
A Groenendael has a long skull and muzzle as well as long, flat, black hair. Its ears are triangular and erect. He weighs on average about 28 kilos and has a shoulder height between 58 and 62 cm.
Groenendaelers need their freedom. They don’t like fences and walls unless given a lot of space. They should be well socialized from a young age. If they are regularly presented with a new environment and situation or are introduced to new people or animals, they are the best flexible pets. Another advantage is that their coat requires little care. Too much or too thorough brushing is even discouraged due to their sensitive undercoat. The Groenendael is on average 13 to 14 years old.
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