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American Belgian Laekenois Association
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Welcome to the official website of the American Belgian Laekenois Association.  Welcome to the official website of the American Belgian Laekenois Association.Welcome to the official website of the American Belgian Laekenois Association.

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 Four Belgian Varieties Blanket
to be raffled off at the


8th ABLA National
Specialty Show
in Greeley, CO



For Raffle tickets contact:


Sonja J. Ostrom
Show Chair



Need not be present to win!

So get your tickets NOW!


First Belgian Laekenois
Certificate of Merit in 2013

ABLA Specialty 2013 Best of Breed

AKC/Eukanuba National Championship 2013 Best of Breed

Winjammer's Electric Power CM,
owned and handled
by Craig Kossuth.

First Belgian Laekenois

MACH Zarko Satchmo Van Morton
owned and handled
Andera Morton.  

:: AKC Miscellaneous Class :Trooper, First Herding Titled Laekenois

:: ABLA 2014 National Specialty

Information on showing in the Miscellaneous Class:

The regular Miscellaneous Classes for each breed shall be Puppy and Open. These classes shall be divided by sex. All class winners within a breed shall compete for Best of Breed and Best of Opposite Sex to Best of Breed.

Each of the Miscellaneous Class Best of Breed winners shall be eligible to compete for Best in Miscellaneous Class. All entries for Best in Miscellaneous Class shall be made after judging of the individual Miscellaneous breed classes and no entry fee shall be charged.

In the event that the owner of a dog designated Best of Breed shall not exhibit the dog in the Best of Miscellaneous Class Competition, no other dog of the same breed shall be allowed to compete. There shall be no further competition for dogs entered in the Miscellaneous Class.  Dogs will not participate in regular AKC groups.

Winners of the Best of Breed and Best of Opposite Sex to Best of Breed in each of the individual miscellaneous breeds will be awarded points towards the Certificate of Merit (CM) title based on the number of dogs competing. Upon completion of the CM title a dog may continue to compete in the Miscellaneous class so long as they are of an eligible breed.

The CM suffix title is an introductory title to AKC conformation events and will be superseded by the CH title when earned.

The Certificate of Merit requires 15 points (no majors) awarded in accordance with the following point structure:

Dogs Competing     Points

        2                        1        

        4                        2

        8                        3

       12                       4

       16                       5


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Belgian Laekenois

Herding Statistics


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Herding Statistics




Wandryln Roguish Reeler

owned by
Diane Koontz Bresee

First AKC herding titles
for the breed -
HSAs and HSAd

In 2010 when our Belgian Laekenois was 7 months old, we gave herding a try at an area workshop.  I became hooked on herding instantly when my puppy, "Trooper", instinctively gathered and brought the sheep back to me.  It was thrilling and inspiring to watching our smart Laekenois do what our breed was bred to do.  As someone who had been an exhibitor/ breeder/judge of a different breed for several decades, herding in comparison was far more challenging, rewarding and meaningful to me.

We train for and compete in arena herding trials in American Kennel Club, American Herding Breeds Association and Australian Shepherd Club of America venues. The AKC has confirmed Trooper is the first Belgian Laekenois to earn the Herding Started A Course on sheep and ducks, and Herding Intermediate A Course title on sheep and ducks titles.  Currently he is shy his third leg of completing his AKC Advanced A Course duck title and needs one leg to finish AKC Started B Course ducks.  We have also trialed on cattle in ASCA and have earned the Started B Course on cattle title and one leg of the Open B cattle title.  Trooper is officially Wandrlyn Roguish Reeler HRD I-s HTAD I-s RN HSAsd HIAds STDsdc RLF I-s OFTDd HTD II-s  HTAD II-d.

Herding is one, if not the most difficult, of all canine performance sports.  The sport is based on the real life chores of farmers, ranchers and stockmen. The goal for the team in arena trials is to move the stock on a predetermined course with different handler lines for the class level as efficiently as possible and without unduly stressing the stock.  Not only does herding call upon the handler and dog to work together every second of the trial run to control and direct the stock, the additional layer of difficulty is in the stock being an unknown factor subject to many influences, heat, wind, hunger, thirst  etc.  The team requires much training and skill to "read" the stock and react quickly to the situation.

I sincerely hope all Belgian Laekenois owners will give herding a try.  It's the most fun and most vexing activity you'll ever enjoy with your dog!

Diane Koontz Bresee

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The breed's name is pronounced

The Belgian Laekenois is in
Miscellaneous Group as of
June 30, 2011

The Belgian Laekenois has been
assigned to the
Herding Group designation.

The Belgian Laekenois
is also knows as
Laekense and
Chien de Berger Belge.

The Belgian Laekenois
has been recorded in the
Foundation Stock Service
since 1998

The American Belgian Laekenois Association (ABLA) was
founded in 1995.

ABLA National Specialty 2014 Information

The ABLA 8th Annual
National Specialty
will be held at
Island Grove Park,
Greeley, Colorado

October 23-26, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Herding Trial/Test
Judging Program


Herding Trial/Test

Closes Wednesday 6:00 P.M. (MDT)
October 8, 2014

Valdemar Farm in
Fort Lupton, CO

Motel 6, Fort Lupton: 
(303) 857-1800

Friday, October 24, 2014 --
(late afternoon, evening)
8th ABLA National
Specialty Show,
Regular Conformation
and Sweepstakes

Open Show Premium

Closes  12:00 Noon (MDT)
October 8, 2014

Regular Conformation Classes:  
   Tami Worley, Newberg, OR

Sweepstakes and Jr Showmanship:
Cynthia Hutt, Denver, CO

Friday, October 24, 2014
Continental  Divide Herding Association
Herding Group AKC Conformation Show
Island Grove Park, Greeley, CO
(Miscellaneous Group offered)

Saturday and Sunday,
October 25 & 26, 2014
Buckhorn Valley Kennel Club
All-Breed Conformation Shows,
Obedience and Rally Trials.
(Miscellaneous Group offered)

Judging Program

Saturday, October 25, 2014
ABLA Annual Meeting
& Awards Banquet.

We plan on some fun and exciting silent auctions and raffles so get those
wonderful auction and raffle items
on their way to Colorado. 
Also we need your trophy donations too,
so be sure to fill out the
Tropy Donation/Raffle/ Auction form
in this Laekenwire and send to
Sheila Walker, Treasurer soon. 

Make your travel plans now,
as everyone and every
will want to be
Ruffin’ it in the Rockies!

Hotel Accomodations

Sonja J. Ostrom
Show Chair

Ruffin' It In the Rockies

Merchandise is now available!

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enjoy your items!

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National Specialty
Trophy Donation Form