Written by the leading authority on Belgian breeds and a renowned international judge, Dr. Robert Pollet, this new colorful volume dedicated to the Belgian Sheepdog offers a comprehensive look at the history, personality and physical characteristics of this strong and agile working dog. Few breeds boast the versatility of the Belgian Sheepdog: a herding dog, a guard dog, a top competition dog, a police and military dog, a search and rescue dog, a companion, a show dog-the roles and talents of this highly accomplished canine are nearly endless. With its long, straight, solid black coat, the Belgian Sheepdog makes an attractive, friendly companion, a vigilant watchdog and a vigorous performance dog for the right responsible owner.
Dr. Pollet, a Belgian native, has been judging the Belgian herding breeds for over 30 years and remains a passionate promoter. Readers will welcome Dr. Pollet's insightful look at the breed's history in Europe and North America as well as the breed's uses, abilities and character. From locating a responsible breeder and the selection of a puppy to rearing and raising the puppy, this Special Limited Edition is an excellent starting point for new owners, who will benefit from the book's chapters on house-training, problem-solving and obedience training. The complete care of the Belgian Sheepdog, including the feeding, grooming and conditioning of the breed, complemented by an excellent healthcare chapter by world-renowned veterinarian Dr. Lowell Ackerman, makes this book indispensable for every Belgian Sheepdog owner and devotee.
Table of ContentsHistory of the Belgian Sheepdog 9
Characteristics of the Belgian Sheepdog 24
Breed Standard for the Belgian Sheepdog 33
Your Puppy Belgian Sheepdog 40
Proper Care of Your Belgian Sheepdog 68
Training Your Belgian Sheepdog 89
Healthcare of Your Belgian Sheepdog Lowell Ackerman DVM, DACVD 113
Your Senior Belgian Sheepdog 140
Showing Your Belgian Sheepdog 146