Understanding the personality of the Belgian Sheepdog is of the utmost importance in appreciating the breed. The standard calls for a dog that has a proper balance of temperament, which allows the Belgian Sheepdog to be a devoted companion as well as a trained guardian of his family and property.
The Belgian Sheepdog should be a stable, intelligent dog. They should never appear listless or unintelligent. They should be attentive and aware, never shy, cowardly or fearful. Aggressiveness or viciousness should not be tolerated. The aloofness that is described in the standard should not be misinterpreted to condone shyness, over awareness or nervousness, which are all undesirable qualities.
The strength of the Belgian Sheepdog’s affection and loyalty to loved ones must be stressed. Combined with a sound, stable temperament and keen intelligence, the Belgian Sheepdog displays happy devotion when performing a task and makes for an easily trainable dog.