Belgian Dog Breeds
Belgium is home to quite a few amazing dogs, most of them originally bred as herding or guard dogs to look after livestock and protect the property. A few smaller breeds, like the Schipperke and Papillon, were meant as watchdogs and ratters. These breeds have been domesticated over the years to become awesome companions and family dogs, though they are still high on energy, requiring an active, healthy lifestyle.
All native dogs from Belgium are recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC), with the Bloodhound being the oldest, recognized as early as 1885.
List of Dog Breeds from Belgium
- Belgian Laekenois
- Belgian Malinois
- Belgian Sheepdog
- Belgian Tervuren
- Bouvier des Flandres
- Brussels Griffon
The Belgian Mastiff was another native breed from the country that worked as a draught dog. But it is believed to have gone extinct during the mid to later 20th century.