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    Brief Description 

    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 -

    This and other breed videos are available in full length here:

    Other Names for Breed 
    • Belgian Shepherd Dog/Groenendael
    • Belgian Sheepdog
    • Delgisk vallhund/ groenendael
    • Berger belge (groenendael)
    • Chien de Berger Belge/Groenendael
    • Perro de pastor belga/Groenendael
    • Belgischer Schäferhund/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:

    1. National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
    2. Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
    3. Research articles
    4. Breed club surveys

    Breed-Specific Articles 

    belgians toc.JPGGet a GRIHP! on Belgian Shepherds

    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



    Breed Standards 

    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)

    Breed-Specific Statistics 

    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.
      Groenendael: 2006-2011 2011-2016

    Finland: Koiranet:

    Breeding/Health Strategy Documents 

    Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:

    1. The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Category 1)
    2. Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
    3. Finland: Jalostuksen tavoiteohjelma Belgianpaimenkoira groenendael 1.1.2022 – 31.12.2026

    Breed-Specific DNA Tests:

    Breed Clubs 

    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:

    Finland: Suomen Belgianpaimenkoirayhdistys ry:

    Sweden: Rasklubben för Belgiska Vallhundar:

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