Design: Belgian Sheepdog
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- The Belgian Sheepdog is known as the Groenendael, or Chien de Berger Belge in most parts of the world.
- The Belgian Sheepdog has its origin in the late 1800's when it was listed as the Chien de Berger de Races Continentales (Continental Shepherds), a group that includes GSD's, Hollander Herders, Beauceron, Bouviers, and Briards.
- In the late 1800's, efforts were made to propagate a "Belgian breed" for nationalistic purposes, resulting in the Club du Chien de Berger Belge (Belgian Shepherd Club), a group that eventually fostered the rise of the Belgian Sheepdog.
- The longhaired black Belgian Shepherds primarily owe their existence to Nicolas Rose, who purchased what are considered to be the foundation couple of the Belgian Sheepdog.
- During WWI, Belgian Sheepdogs distinguished themselves on the battlefields, serving as message carriers, ambulance dogs, and even pulling machine guns.
- The Great Depression had a marked effect on the Belgian Sheepdog, which had previously risen to great popularity in the US and elsewhere. However, they rose back to fame post-WWII, when it was decided that only the Groenendael type could be registered as a Belgian Sheepdog - not any Belgian Shepherd - a rule that took effect in 1956.
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