Training and Obedient
Thank you for your question about the differences between Belgians and Spoos.
I have very limited experience with Poodles and presently own one (1) Standard Poodle---compared to numerous years of owning Belgians.
Belgians and Poodles are completely and wonderfully different breeds.
But I would not recommend Belgians for everyone. They are herding dogs that need to work and require socialization [a lot!] from an early age. I took my last Belgian Shepherd to three puppy classes for exposure! We used to stand outside of Walmart and [hopefully] wait for someone to come up and want to pet and give a treat to my Belgian. Many people were afraid! Belgians can have separation anxiety issues and do not do well without their chosen person. Vacations can be extremely difficult. My Shepherd lived to work and excelled in obedience. He would have taken a bullet for me.
My Louie (first Spoo) loves to play and have fun. Everything is fun, especially when Louie is around. Even chores. And I laugh more now than I ever used to.
Ranch chores for my Belgian was serious business (more like a mission). He would "sit" behind the gate while I was checking the cows and calves and ten to fifteen minutes later, when I returned, my Belgian would still be sitting and waiting for me.
If people come on my property, my Spoo will bark and let me know someone is here---but my poodle will let the people into my house and bring them a toy. My Belgians would have never left my side and continued guarding me until the people left.
When I take my Spoo into stores---people say, "It's a Poodle!" and they leave whatever they are doing and come over to pet Louie. If that were my Belgian, unfortunately, they would give us lots of room and hardly ever want to touch him.
Poodles take a lot more grooming maintenance but do not shed. Belgians have beautiful long hair that you will find in the vacuum cleaner and you have to keep them brushed, but they are fairly easy to maintain.
Louie lives for Louie and to have fun! He loves attention and the limelight. My Belgian lived for me and did whatever I wanted, without question.
If I desired to do some serious obedience competition, I would get a working dog or a herding dog. Personally, I would get a puppy from a very well-known breeder with a super reputation! Any dog is a serious investment of time and money. For me, puppies are great because I can bond with them and imprint on them obedience commands without having to undo a lot of bad habits. Plus, some rescues can be fear bitters because they have been abused.