The Belgian Laekenois, also sometimes called the Belgian Shepherd Dog, the Lakenois, the Laekense, the Laken or the Chien de Berger Belge, was developed in Belgium to herd and guard livestock and fields of flax. Its name is pronounced “Lack-In-Wah.” This is one of four native Belgian breeds; the others are the Belgian Malinois, the Belgian Shepherd and the Belgian Tervuren. Although similar in body and temperament to the other Belgian sheepdogs, the Laekenois differs in coat texture, color and length. It also originated in a different part of the country. These are large, rough-coated brown dogs that look distinctively disheveled and rather scruffy. The Laekenois gets its name from the Chateau de Lacken, which was one of Queen Marie Henriette’s royal castles. Laekinois are strong, smart, agile animals that are full of life, easy to train and built to work. They are extremely versatile and have a tremendous amount of energy, which makes them perfect for military service, police work and home protection. With proper training and socialization, they can make affectionate, reliable family companions.