The first impression of the Belgian
Sheepdog is that of a well balanced, square dog,
elegant in appearance, with an
exceedingly proud carriage of the head and neck.
He is a strong agile, well muscled
animal, alert and full of life. His whole conformation
gives the impression of depth and solidity without
Clean-cut and strong, overall size should
be in proportion to the body. Expression indicates
alertness, attention, readiness for activity. Gaze
should be intelligent and questioning. Eyes brown,
preferably dark brown.
Medium size, slightly almond shaped, not
protruding. Ears triangular in shape, stiff, erect, and
in proportion to the head in size. Base of the ear
should not come below the center of the eye. Ears
hanging (as on a hound) shall disqualify.
Muzzle moderately pointed, avoiding any
tendency to snipiness, and approximately equal in length
to that of the topskull.
The jaws should be strong and powerful.
Nose black without spots or discolored areas. The lips
should be tight and black, with no pink showing on the
outside. Teeth A full complement of strong, white teeth,
evenly set. Should not be overshot or undershot. Should
have either an even bite or a scissors bite.
Neck round and rather outstretched,
tapered from head to body, well muscled, with tight
Forequarters and Hindquarters
Shoulder long and oblique, laid flat
against the body, forming a sharp angle with the upper
arm. Legs straight, strong and parallel to each other.
Bone oval rather than round. Feet round
(cat footed), toes curved close together, well padded.
Nails strong and black, except that they may be white to
match white toe tips.
Legs length and substance well
proportioned to the size of the dog. Bone oval rather
than round. Legs are parallel to each other. Thighs
broad and heavily muscled. The upper and lower thigh
bones approximately parallel the shoulder blade and
upper arm respectively, forming a relatively sharp angle
at stifle joint. The angle at the hock is relatively
sharp, although the Belgian Sheepdog does not have
extreme angulation. Metatarsus medium length, strong and
slightly sloped. Dewclaws, if any, should be removed.
Feet slightly elongated. Toes curved close together,
Topline the withers
are slightly higher and slope into the back, which must
straight and firm from withers to hip
joints. Chest not broad but deep. The lowest point
should touch the elbow, forming a smooth ascending curve
to the abdomen. Abdomen moderate development. Neither
tucked up nor paunchy. The loin section, viewed from
above, is relatively short, broad and strong, but
blending smoothly into the back. The croup is medium
long, sloping gradually.
Tail strong at the base, bone to reach
hock. At rest the dog holds it low, the tip bent back
level with the hock. When in action he raises it and
gives it a curl, which is strongest toward the tip,
without forming a hook. Cropped or stump tail shall
The hair is shorter on the head, outside
of the ears, and lower part of the legs. The opening of
the ear is protected by tufts of hair. Ornamentation ,
especially long and abundant hair, like a collarette,
around the neck: fringe of long hair down the back of
the forearm; especially long and abundant hair trimming
the hindquarters, the breeches
Motion should be smooth, free, and easy,
seemingly never tiring,exhibiting facility of movement
rather than a hard driving action. He tends to single
track on a fast gait; the legs, both front and rear,
converging toward the center line of gravity of the dog.
The backline should remain firm and level, parallel to
the line of motion, with no crabbing. He shows a marked
tendency to move in a circle rather than a straight