There are technically 4 different varieties of Belgian Sheepdog. One of these, the Groenendael, is often simply called the ‘Belgian Sheepdog’ by the American Kennel Club. (Simply or more confusingly, you decide.)
At any rate, a certain Mr. Nicholas Rose, who lived in Groenendael village in Belgium, established the breed in the Middle Ages. All Groenendaels are believed to be descendants of his two dogs – Petite and Picard d’Uccle.
Throughout history, Belgian Sheepdogs have been used as search and rescue dogs, message carriers and police dogs – as well as companion dogs. Today, we’re grateful to the Belgians for not only giving us great chocolate and beer, but a great family pet too.