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Also known as Belgian Shepherd, the Belgian Sheepdog is a medium to large-sized herding dog with an excellent carriage. He’s versatile and intelligent, the breed is developed solely for hard work. Belgian Sheepdog performs excellently well in any activity or sports. They are workaholics but are also very loyal to their humans.

The breed was developed in Belgium to herd sheep but soon after, their jobs expanded to include police work. Canines in this breed are known for their devotion, alertness, and protectiveness. Four varieties of shepherd dogs were developed in Belgium in the late 1800s. These include Malinois, Tervuren, the Laekenois, and the Belgian Sheepdog.

With proper care, exercise and good food, you can ensure that your pet lives long and also serve you better. However, it is important to take out Belgian Sheepdogs pet insurance. With the right pet insurance, you can cover pet-related medical expenses for your furry friend. The coverage may include routine veterinary procedures, accidents, illness, diagnostic tests, emergency care, surgery, hospitalization, injuries and so on.

Some pet insurance coverages may not necessarily have the features you desire. The coverage’s exclusions, stipulations, limits and waiting period may differ. This is why you should shop around and compare policy options before you take out Belgian Sheepdogs pet insurance. With the right pet insurance, you will not just cover pet-related medical expenses but you will also protect your finances.

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Why Belgian Sheepdogs Pet Insurance Is Important

Like most dog breeds, Belgian Sheepdogs may be susceptible to certain health problems. Health problems common to the breed include epilepsy, hip dysplasia, gastric torsion, and so on.

Just like most large dogs, this breed is prone to musculoskeletal issues. A condition like hip dysplasia may cost up to $5,000 in veterinary care and treatment. For conditions requiring multiple surgeries, you might even spend over $10,000 to treat your pet.

Rather than spending such an amount of money out of pocket, you could take out Belgian Sheepdogs pet insurance. If you take out Belgian Sheepdogs pet insurance, you will be required to pay monthly premiums. Monthly premiums for pet insurance could range from $10 to $100. While this may be high, it is nothing when compared to the cost of veterinary treatments for major accident, illness or surgery.

Here is a list of common sicknesses Belgian Sheepdogs might develop:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Cancer
  • Anesthesia sensitivity
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Gastric torsion or bloat, etc.

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Belgian Sheepdogs Pet Insurance Statistics

Origin: Belgium

Average height: 24 – 26 inches (male), 22 – 24 inches (female)

Average weight: 55 – 75 pounds (male), 45 – 60 pounds (female)

Life expectancy: 12 – 14 years

Dog Breed Group: Herding Group

Exercise Requirements: More than 40 minutes per day

Colors: Black, Black & White

Health: They are healthy overall but prone to conditions like hypothyroidism, gastric torsion, hip and elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, epilepsy, cancer, anesthesia sensitivity, etc.

Energy level: Very energetic

Tendency to Bark: Moderate

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Belgian Sheepdogs Pet Insurance News

A dog expert for the police German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Gunther Bonke, said that the German Shepherd is slowly being replaced by the Belgian Shepherd. Belgian Shepherd is considered to be more dependable and robust than German Shepherd, Bonke said.

While only 26 German Shepherd dogs still work with the NRW police, 281 Belgian Shepherds work with the police, Bonke said. Some German states do not breed their own dogs, so when bought in bulk, the Belgian shepherd is not just cheaper but more attractive.

Since 1988, NRW, which borders Belgium, has been breeding Belgian Shepherd. Over the years, the police found out that the dogs were more courageous and healthier than the German shepherd. Unlike German shepherds which are very limited to security purposes, Belgian Shepherds can also be used as sniffer dogs.

Even Germany’s federal police have started shifting towards Belgian shepherds but they still keep other breeds like the Alsatian. A federal police spokesman said: “we are not planning exclusively with these dogs in the future”.

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Belgian Sheepdogs Pet Insurance FAQ


Are Belgian Sheepdogs prone to separation anxiety?

Like most dog breeds, Belgian Shepherds are prone to separation anxiety. When distressed, the dog can behave in an unexpected way.

Are Belgian Sheepdogs protective and aggressive?

Belgian Shepherds have a strong protective instinct and so they should be well exercised and trained from an early age. They may also be aggressive towards other animals who are not part of their family.

How soon does pet insurance take effect?

In the event that your pet is diagnosed with a medical condition, you may have to wait for some days, usually around 14 days for illness, before you can process your claim. The waiting period may be shorter for accidents, usually 48 hours.

Can you get pet insurance after diagnosis?

If your Belgian Shepherd is diagnosed with a medical condition before your pet insurance coverage becomes effective, the medical condition will be excluded from the Belgian Sheepdogs pet insurance. This means that you will not be able to access coverage from any Canadian insurer for that medical condition but you can still access coverage for other conditions.

What medical conditions are common with Belgian Sheepdogs?

Several medical conditions are common with Belgian Sheepdogs. Examples include hypothyroidism, gastric torsion, hip and elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, epilepsy, cancer, anesthesia sensitivity, etc.

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