More on Belgian Sheepdog Temperament
I personally favor a Belgian that is social and enjoys interacting with people at shows and performance events but the Belgian Sheepdog is not a Golden or Lab, and shouldn’t be. They have been used for protecting home and farm as well as for police work and, if needed, have to be able to stand up to and back down unwilling livestock including intimidating cattle. This requires a dog with self confidence and the ability to react forcefully in the right situation.
It is the owner’s responsibility to make sure their Belgian puppy is exposed to enough situations and given the feedback, both negative and positive, to ensure their Belgian matures with the ability to discriminate between appropriate shows of aggression, for example someone is breaking into the house late at night or trying to assault you while out for a jog, and inappropriate aggression when on a busy walking path or when friends come to visit.