Of the four types of Belgian sheepdogs, the Belgian Laekenois is the rarest. In fact, in many places, including the United Kingdom, the four sheepdog types (consisting of the Laekenois, the Groenendael, Malinois, and the Tervuren) are considered to be one breed. But since 1959, the American Kennel Club has recognized three of the types (the Groenendael, the Malinois and the Tervuren) as separate breeds, but the Laekenois has never gained recognition by the AKC. As with the other Belgian sheepdog types, the Laekenois was bred from working dogs. It is said that the dog was first developed to serve as a guard dog to watch over fields in Antwerp, supposedly where fine linens were bleached in the sun...... Find out more about this dog breed.
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