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Belgian Tervuren: Breed Personality, Fitness & Care
AKC Ranking: 107
Also Known As: Chien
de Berger Belge, Tervuren, Belgian Shepherd Dog
About Belgian Tervuren
Country of Origin, History of the breed
Belgium is the country of
origin of the Belgian Tervuren. The name of
the breed comes from the Belgian village of
Tervuren. The founder of the Tervuren breed
was Brewer M. Corbeel a resident of Tervuren.
It was his fawn dog that was bred with a black
longhaired dog of M. Donhieux to give rise
to the dog that became the prototype for the
Since 1959 the Tervuren has
been recognized as a breed distinct from Groenendael
and Malinois (the other Belgian Sheepdogs).
Its popularity as a companion dog is rising
though its similarity in appearance to the
German Shepherd Dog has hindered its prospects
of being regarded as a top-ranking dog.
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Description of the Breed
The Belgian Tervuren like other
Belgian Sheepdogs is a medium sized and square proportioned
The dog’s hindquarters are
muscular but not look very heavy. Its fore legs
are straight and parallel to each other and have
round cat-feet. The dewclaws ought to be removed
from the back legs and may also be removed from
the front legs. The skull is flat and is parallel
to the plane of the tapering muzzle. The dog is
black-nosed and has tight lips. The lips enclose
teeth that meet in a scissors bite.
It has got a characteristic thick
double coat that has a mahogany color with varying
degrees of black overlay, including a black mask.
There may be a small patch of white on the chest
and white tips on toes. Sable or gray colored Tervuren
may also be available.
Dogs have heights ranging between
24'' and 26''
Bitches have heights ranging between 22'' and 24''
Dogs weigh 65-75 pounds
Bitches weigh 60-70 pounds.
Temperament of the Breed
These are energetic and intelligent
dogs. Bring working/herding dogs they need a job
to keep themselves occupied. Herding, obedience,
agility, flyball, tracking, protection and search
and rescue work can keep them well occupied.
The dogs have a territorial and
protective instinct. They need to be trained and
socialized well from early age so as to ensure that
they can get along fine with children, other dogs
and other pets of the family. The dogs best respond
to a training procedure that is firm but not harsh.
The dogs make loyal companions
that bond wonderfully with the family. However,
they stay aloof from strangers. They just hate being
locked up in kennels and enjoy being with members
of the owners’ family. They make great watchdogs.
The Belgian Shepherd Dogs are however not recommended
for everyone because their maintenance level is
pretty high and only experienced dog owners/trainers
can best handle them. Owners need make the dogs
a part of themselves if they wish to keep the dog
happy and make them properly trained.
They can stay fine in homes/apartments
provided they get adequate exercise. The dog stays
only moderately active indoors. Hence, it is advisable
to provide a yard of at least of average size for
the dog to play/run around to its heart’s
The dog prefers cooler climates.
However, it can adapt well to other climates too.
It prefers staying with people though it can live
outdoors all by itself too.
An active outdoor life is what
the dog is best suited for. Hence, it needs to be
given lot of exercises. A long daily walk is important
for the dog apart from other exercises. Letting
the dogs off-leash in some safe area and allowing
it to play and run can go a long way to keep the
dog happy and fit in both mind and body.
The thick double coat of the dog
that is constantly shed throughout the year requires
considerable grooming. The coat is shed lightly
throughout the year in all dogs and males shed heavily
once a year while females shed heavily twice a year.
A good thorough brushing of the coat once or twice
a week is a must apart from a daily combing/brushing
ritual. The mats that form especially in the ruff
and on the legs are to be clipped out. Similarly
hairs that form between the toes and on the outer
ears are also to be clipped occasionally.
By and large this is a healthy
and hardy breed. There are no major health concerns
associated with the breed. However, there are some
minor health problems of the breed that have been
observed- epilepsy, skin allergies, eye problems.
Hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia are also occasionally
seen. Some dogs show excessive shyness and some
show excessive aggressiveness. This can be considered
as a health problem too. The dog also has a tendency
to become lazy and obese. So, it should not be overfed.
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