The Belgian Sheepdog, known also as the Groenendael, is a member of a close family of four herding breeds that originated in Belgium. Its cousins are the Laekenois, Malinois, and Tervuren. These four breeds share a very similar body type and are judged by the same standard of perfection. Each breed’s uniqueness from the other is in its coat. The Belgian Sheepdog Groenendael has a long, well-fitting, straight and abundant coat, which is colored solid black. The Belgian Sheepdog stands 22-26 inches; it is a well-balanced dog, typically square in build, with bone structure moderately heavy in proportion to height. The breed is a true worker, employed at herding sheep for centuries, and serves well as a watchful, attentive, fearless guardian in the home. Like most other herding dogs, the Belgian Sheepdog is remarkably intelligent and easily trained at a myriad of tasks.