The Belgian Shepherd Dog (also know as the Belgian Sheepdog or Chien de
Berger Belge) can refer to any of four breeds of dog: the Groenendael, the
Laekenois, the Tervueren, or the Malinois. In some regions, these are considered
four different varieties of a single breed; in other regions, they are
considered a single breed.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes only the Groenendael under the name "Belgian Sheepdog", but also recognizes the Tervueren (with the alternative spelling "Tervuren") and the Malinois as individual breeds. The Laekenois can be registered as part of the AKC foundation stock service and should eventually be recognised fully by the AKC.