The Laekenois is a sheep dog with a distinct appearance. The breed is average in size, but is built with strength and power. The coat can vary in length and texture, but is generally thick and soft at the top layer. The bottom layer of its coat is more harsh. It has a black mask. Its head is long and its muzzle is average in length with a significant stop. The eyes are also average in size. Its ears are set high on its head and are smaller than average. The ears are very pointed, but only at the tip. An extended and muscular neck flows to square shoulders and a level back. Its limbs are long and strong.


The Laekenois is a good working dog and pet. It is friendly with everyone in its household. The breed is naturally protective and will make a good companion for children. It enjoys playing, but is usually more serious. Guarding is natural for this breed. It will bark to alert its family of guests. Training is important for this breed. Training them can help to eliminate some potential bad habits, such as aggression and dominance. This breed does better when it is able to interact with its family.

Height and Weight

The Laekenois stands about 24-26 inches tall and weighs about 55-65 pounds.

Health Problems

The Laekenois is not associated with any serious conditions, but there are some minor health problems that may plague this breed. The most common minor conditions are hip and elbow dysplasia. The breed may also develop problems with its skin and eyes.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Laekenois can usually adapt to a variety of living conditions, but is most suitable for cooler climates and medium-size outdoor environments. The breed appreciates being close to its family and will enjoy living indoors.


The Laekenois is an energetic breed. It enjoys being active and will obtain most of its exercise needs on its own. Daily opportunities for exercise are recommended.

Life Expectancy

The Laekenois typically lives 12-14 years.

Litter Size

The average litter size for the Laekenois is 6-10 puppies.


The coarse and thick coat of the Laekenois requires a significant amount of maintenance. Combing the coat on a regular basis to remove tangles is a good idea. A professional groomer may be sought to trim the coat. The breed has a weather-resistant coat that should only be washed as needed.


The Laekenois originates from Belgium. The breed was developed during the late 1800s.




The Laekenois is typically a brownish-gray or a reddish-brown.