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Old 02-27-2013, 06:27 PM
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Default How often do you see Belgians

Not your own dogs, just out and about.

I seriously remember running into two the entire time I was in Texas. I remember because it was a big deal at the time. Both mals. One confo bred dog I was in a tricks class with and one working bred dog that went to the lake I would take the girls too.

Now, I see them often. Like... 4 days a week at least. Makes some sense because the head trainer at the agility place has one, many students have them, and one of the students breeds them. They must be one of the most popular breeds at this training club. I also found another breeder in the town. But they all breed tervs. I run into all 3 varieties now, although the black dogs the least and tervs the most.

I ask this because I went to petco and ran into a terv. Then driving back saw a malinois walking. I didn't know either of them.

Then again I ran into a briard at petco too once so...

Has the breed exploded in popularity recently?
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:30 PM
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every day lol. We have a belgian groenendael that comes to my work all the time.

Outside of him though.... I see them every so often... mostly malinois though.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:42 PM
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There are three of them (1 Mal, 1 Terv, 1 Groen) that frequent the dog park we go to, but other than those three dogs, I only ever see Belgians in different dog classes I take. They're either participating in class or are the trainer's dogs. And most of them are Tervs.

I'm glad I don't see more, cause everytime I see one and watch one I desperately want one. I don't know what's wrong with me haha.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:45 PM
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Never. I have never seen a Groen or a Terv in real life, and the only time I have seen a Mal is during police demonstrations. Not popular at all where I live.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:47 PM
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I see Mals fairly often - there are a couple local breeders that come to trials. I never see the fluffy Belgians outside of dog shows, though.
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I see Mals pretty often. They are the sport breed du jour so there are quite a few out and about in the dog world (training or agility classes).. I usually hear them before I see them
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I want one every time I see them too, lol. Maybe one day in the far future.
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I've known one Mal personally. I had a customer a few weeks ago with a Mal.

One of our regular customers has a Dutch shepherd (I know, not the same exact thing ) that is her service dog. Awesome, awesome dog.
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I've only seen 1 mal in real life and that was a few years. I have not seen any of the other varieties.
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In the last week I've seen 8 Groendaels, 2 Mals, and a Terv that I can think of off hand.

Then again I've also seen several Pyr Sheps and a Mudi so apparently my world is weird.
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