meet theBelgian Laekenois

Strong, agile and full of life, the Belgian Laekenois (pronounced "Lak-in-wah") is one of four native dogs of Belgium. Although similar in body and temperament to the Malinois, Shepherd and Tervuren, the Laekenois differs in coat color, texture and length, as well as region of origin. The fawn rough haired varieties were given the name Laekenois (derived from the town of Laeken). The breed's coat texture is rough and coarse, creating a disorderly, tousled look. All shades of red or fawn to grayish tones are acceptable with traces of black appearing principally on the muzzle and tail.


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Did You Know?

The Belgian Laekenois has been assigned to the Herding Group designation.

The Belgian Laekenois has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since 1998.

From the November 2010 Board Meeting - The Belgian Laekenois will be eligible to compete in the Miscellaneous Class, effective June 30, 2011.

The Belgian Laekenois is also known as Laekense and Chien de Berger Belge.

From the July 2007 Board Meeting - The Belgian Laekenois was approved to compete in AKC Herding Events for suffix titles effective January 1, 2008.

From the February 2011 Board Meeting The American Belgian Laekenois Association will serve as the AKC Parent Club to represent the Belgian Laekenois.

The breed's name is pronounced Lak-in-wah.

From the May 2007 Board Meeting - The Belgian Laekenois will be eligible to compete in Companion Events effective January 1, 2008.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Fawn 082
Fawn Sable 338
Mahogany 128
Red 140
Red Sable 155
Black & Tan 018
Cream 076
Cream Sable 348


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Black Mask 004