Thinking about purchasing a Belgian Tervuren? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Belgian Tervuren breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Belgian Tervuren owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Belgian Tervuren and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Belgian Tervuren Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Belgian Tervuren and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Belgian Tervuren Breed Profile
The Belgian Tervuren is one of the four breeds of the Belgian Shepherds. They are identical to the Belgian Sheepdog (Groenendael), Belgian Malinois, as well as the Laekenois, except their coat is long, feathery and consists of shades of red, gray and black. All four dogs are spawned from the same breed, and closely resemble each other save for their coats. The Belgian Tervuren is a well balanced medium size dog, elegant in appearance, standing squarely on all fours. The appearance of the dog has earned itself a popular place among the Belgian Sheepdogs, and is known for its beautiful coat. The Belgian Tervuren is a picture of power and grace. Belgian Tervurens are intelligent, courageous, alert and devoted to their master. They excel in an active family environment, but are also wonderful working dogs whether in obedience, herding, agility or tracking. Tervurens do not tend to be friendly to anyone that walks by, as they have been used over the centuries as guard dogs and herders and tend to remain very reserved. The Tervuren will adapt to both urban or a country environment as long as they have space to exercise and a master to serve.
Other Names: Tervuren, Chien de Berger Belge
Type: Herding Dog
24 - 26 inches; Females: 22 - 24 inches
Colors: All shades
of red, fawn, gray, with black overlap. Faces and ears are black.
Tervurens are obedient, loyal, lively, reserved, protective, intelligent, attentive,
and very active. If not occupied for a long time, they may turn to mischief
for entertainment. The Tervuren, as well as the Groenendael and Laekenois tend
to be slightly more snappy than the Malinois. They tend to be one-person dogs,
and seem to greatly enjoy being with their owner.
Watch-dog: Very High, suspicious
of strangers. They are very alert and aware of their surroundings.
Belgian Tervuren Care and
Training: Weekly brushing, more during heavy shedding in the
spring and autumn. Vigorous daily exercise is required plus time in a wide-opened
fence run. Puppies need early socialization. Tervurens do well in obedience
or herding. The Belgian Tervuren is a working dog and needs a lot of exercise,
preferably off the leash as much as possible. But they should not be allowed
to chase cars, bikes, joggers, or children.
Activity: High. Tervurens
need lots of exercises for continual physical and mental development.
Belgian Tervuren Health Issues: The Belgian Sheepdogs are free from hereditary diseases a majority of the time, although problems such as epilepsy, hip and elbow dysplasia should be checked out. Possible health issues also include anesthesia sensitivity, cancer, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), thyroid problems, eye problems.
Life Span: 10 - 14 years
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
1912 (registered as the Belgian Sheepdog until 1959)
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