quickly turns into
are just a few of the questions most responsible breeders are likely to ask
prospective owners before they agree to part with one of their precious babies.
Are you willing to put up with a certain amount of chewing and destruction
whilst your puppy is small, and occasionally when he grows up and get bored?
Are you willing to be followed around the house, have a constant shadow,
even when you just want to go to the loo?
Are you willing to clean-up the spillage when your over exuberant Belgian
Shepherd upsets you cup of tea, coffee or glass of wine for the umpteenth time?
Do you mind assistance with everyday chores, even when that assistance is
not entirely welcome? Assistance comes in various forms such as unloading the
laundry basket, when you have just loaded it, or gardening, digging up and
returning to you the plants that you have just spent all day planting, or
guarding you from the monster that is your vacuum cleaner.
Are you willing to have toilet accidents for the first few weeks of your
puppy being in its new home? They are just like babies, without the luxury of
nappies!!! Fortunately they are toilet trained a lot quicker than their human
Are you willing to put up with a few sleepless nights when the puppy first
arrives, after all he has just left his litter mates and all safety he has ever
known behind ?
Do you have a garden? Are you willing to have your well cared for garden,
cared for by a Belgian Shepherd? I warn you we are not talking an Alan
Titchmarsh make over!
If you have young children are you prepared to teach them to respect your
dog? Leaving the puppy in peace when he needs to rest and allowing him to eat
quietly undisturbed own his own.
Are you willing to take walks in the rain and snow, because you Belgian
Shepherd will not understand the subtleties of the weather forecast?
Are you willing to enrol in training classes, the purpose of which is to
teach you responsible dog care and your puppy a few social skills?
Are you willing to put up with dog hairs, which not all the time, but
generally at the most inconvenient time, such as when you are entertaining non
doggy guests, seem to appear like magic from nowhere?
YOUR ANSWER TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS IS NO, THEN THE CHANCES ARE YOU SHOULD
THINK SERIOUSLY ABOUT OWNING ANY BREED OF DOG, AND A BELGIAN SHEPHERD IS
PROBABLY NOT A GOOD CHOICE FOR YOU