Itza Rion Kennels

Orlando, Florida   USA
Due to my deteriorating health,
Itza Rion is no longer an active kennel of breeding and stud service.
I do still offer dog training advice.

Belgian Sheepdogs
as they are known as in the USA, are known as Belgian Shepherds in Europe.
It is the same breed of dog.

CH DarkWinds Believe N Miracles
shown being handled by the talented young Junior Handler, Catie Gamble.
Windi took back to back Best of Breed against heavier coated dogs
in Florida to win her Championship points.
Windi is the mother of Dakota.

CH Darq Winds Can You Find Me? CD, HIC
pictured here winning Best of Breed and handled by Mary Gamble.
Chewy is the father of Dakota.

Dark Wind Dakota That's Enough
(nicknamed "DaKatie" after my best girl friend)
Dakota close-up

Dakota is 4 yrs. old.
Phlebitis pictures

Windi .. who does NOT like her picture taken!

What? You want to see my ears too? Uh .. how about just one ear?
Ok .. two ears ..sheesh.
Windi is 6 yrs. old.

Belgian Shepherds
The first impression of the Belgian is that of a well balanced medium size dog, elegant in appearance, standing squarely on all fours, with proud carriage of head and neck. He is strong, agile, well muscled, alert and full of life. He gives the impression of depth and solidity without bulkiness. The male should appear unquestionably masculine; the female should have a distinctly feminine look and be judged equally with the male.

The Belgian is a natural dog and there is no need for excessive posing in the show ring. The Belgian reflects the qualities of intelligence, courage, alertness and devotion to master. In addition to his inherent ability as a herding dog, he protects his master's person and property without being overtly aggressive. He is watchful, attentive, and usually in motion when not under command. The Belgian is a herding dog, and faults which affect his ability to herd under all conditions, such as poor gait, bite, coat or temperament should be particularly penalized.

There are four coat varieties of Belgian Shepherds. Coat being the only difference, all varieties should be judged on having the same type of body style.

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The coat must be black. May be completely black, or may be black with white, limited as follows: Small to moderate patch or strip on forechest. Between pads of feet. On tips of hind toes. On chin and muzzle (frost may be white or gray). On tips of front toes -- allowable, but a fault.

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The Belgian Tervurens is particularly adaptable to extremes of temperature or climate. The guard hairs of the coat must be long, close fitting, straight and abundant. The texture is of medium harshness, not silky or wiry. Body rich fawn to russet mahogany with black overlay with the chest being black. The coat is characteristically double pigmented wherein the tip of each fawn hair is blackened.

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The coat should be comparatively short, straight, hard enough to be weather resistant, with dense undercoat. It should be very short on the head, ears, and lower legs. The hair is somewhat longer around the neck where it forms a collarette, and on the tail and backs of the thighs. The coat should conform to the body without standing out or hanging down.

The basic coloring is a rich fawn to mahogany, with black tips on the hairs giving an overlay appearance. The mask and ears are black. The under parts of the body, tail and breeches are lighter fawn, but washed-out fawn color on the body is a fault. Color should be considered a finishing point, not to take precedence over structure or temperament. The tips of the toes may be white, and a small white spot on the breastbone/prosternum is permitted, not to extend to the neck. White markings, except as noted, are faulted.

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The coat must have a texture which is rough and coarse giving a disorderly, tousled look. The coat should be severely penalized if silky or soft or lacking a double coat. The length of the hair should be approximately 2 1/2 inches over the body. A beard must be present on the muzzle and hair on the head should not be in excess so as to hide the eyes nor the lines of the head and skull and make the head appear square or heavy. The tail should not form a plume.

All shades of red or fawn to grayish tones are acceptable with traces of black appearing principally on the muzzle and tail. The degree of blackening varies considerably from dog to dog with all variations being equally acceptable. A small to moderate white patch is permitted on the chest and the tips of the toes may be white. White or gray frosting on the chin and muzzle is normal and acceptable.

Itza Rion Kennels German Shepherd Dogs

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 The American Search and Rescue Association

Training Methods

Thinking Like a Dog

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Descriptions of Belgian Shepherds were found at
The American Kennel Club
American Belgian Laekenois Association

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