Belgian Tervuren Training and Temperament
The Belgian Shepherd is an intelligent and obedient dog with strong protective and territorial instincts. Good for working and obedience trials. These dogs make excellent police and guard dogs.
This breed needs firm, but sensitive training. If you are over strict they will become uncooperative. As with all dogs, Belgian Tervuren training should be started as a puppy. To prevent behavioral problems later in life, training should follow a recognized training regime.
Either enroll in a certified local dog training school or read this.
Has a square muscular body.
The History Of The Belgian Tervuren
The Belgian Tervuren is also known as a Tervuren originated in Belgium during the 1200's.
There are four herding dogs known collectively as the Belgian Shepherds. They share the same standard and are identical except for coat and color.
The most popular is the long haired Tervuren which is a rich mahogany overlaid with sooty black. The Gronendael, which is solid black. The short-haired variety is the Malinois, which is a brown or tan color with black mask and ears and the Belgian Laekenois is the rarest of the four Belgian Sheepdogs.
Since 1959 in America the AKC has recognized the Groenendael, Malinois and Tervuren as separate breeds, but has not recognized the Laekenois.
Description Of The Belgian Tervuren
The medium length, bushy tail is carried low and never altered. Ears are erect and are not altered.
The breeds average height is dogs 24 - 26 inches and bitches 22-24 inches. Dogs weigh 65 - 75 pounds and bitches 60 - 70 pounds.
The elegant Tervuren is slender and solidly muscled. Small, dark, almond-shaped eyes have an alert, quizzical expression. Erect ears should be equilateral triangles. This breed was used as a war dog in World War I and II.
Coat & Grooming
The Belgian Tervuren has a long, straight, medium-length coat that requires daily combing and brushing. Clip out any mats that form, paying particular attention to the ruff and on the legs. Clip hair from between the toes and on the outer ears. This breed is a constant light shedder. Males shed heavily once a year and females twice.
Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span for a Belgian Tervuren is around 12-14 years.
This hardy and healthy breed has no major health concerns. Some reported ailments: epilepsy, skin allergies, eye problems, shyness, excessive aggressiveness and occasionally seen hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. Over feeding may cause the dog to become obese and lazy.
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Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
The Belgian Tervuren live happily in an apartment given sufficient regular exercise. It is active indoors and prefers an average-sized yard. This breed prefers cool climates but can adapts. It can live outdoors.
Needs a lot of exercise preferably off the leash in a safe area.
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This breed can be aggressive. It still has strong territorial protectiveness. One of the few breeds with a distinct color difference between the sexes. Males have much stronger soot markings than the females.
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