When the time comes that an individual decides to show their beloved Laekenois on the professional circuit, there are many things to be considered. Owners must be absolutely certain they have the passion, time and the capital it takes to invest in such a pursuit. To make the choice easier, one should first read up on the subject as much as possible. Attending dog shows and talking to others about not just the high points but the difficulties of showing dogs is a great way to get an insider's view. If there is still an interest, one should then join the official kennel club that recognizes the Laekenois. In this case, the United Kennel Club is the only formal organization that recognizes the Laekenois as a breed.
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Beginners should also opt for a mentor who can show them how to handle a dog in the ring and what a judge will be looking for in a Laekenois. A good mentor will be able to easily point out what it is in the Laekenois' medium size stature that makes a quality breed standard. It is important when choosing a dog for show that he or she be well proportioned, alert and in excellent health. Head carriage should be strong and proud; never cowering or suspicious. Though they are an excellent herding and guard dog, there is nothing about them that should be timid or aggressive when in the ring.
As an owner will learn, the head of the Laekenois must have clearly defined lines. If the medium sized skull is not in proportion to the medium sized tapered muzzle, this can be considered a fault. The same can be said for eyes that are not medium in size and slightly almond shaped. Ears will need to be stiffly erect and triangular to be considered standard. Judges will expect strong white teeth that meet together in a perfect scissor bite. The Laekenois' gait will also be evaluated as well. There should be a swiftness to their movement that is simple and even.
Since it is their most unique feature, owners should be sure that their Laekenois' coat is in the utmost pristine condition. The wiry coat will need to be rather stiff and dry but never curly. It should be of good length at approximately two and a half inches from head to tail. The tail itself is not to be plumed and the hair on the face should never conceal facial features such as the eyes or brow. Faults that are found in the Laekenois' coat generally have to do with a covering of fine hair that gives a fuller fluffier appearance. Reddish fawn with shadings of black are the acceptable colors of the Laekenois.
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