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Belgian Tervuren - Breed Profile:

Origin: Belgium
Colors:
Fawn-mahogany with a black overlay
Size:
Large
Type of Owner: Experienced
Exercise:
Daily
Grooming:
Daily grooming preferable
Trainability:
Very easy to train
Combativeness:
Can be slightly dog-aggressive
Dominance: Moderate
Noise: Average barker

Physical characteristics

The Belgian Tervuren is a well-muscled dog with square proportions. The chest does not look either broad or narrow, but it is pretty deep. The head is moderately long, with erect ears. The dark brown eyes are almond shaped. The front legs are very straight and have round, cat-like feet. The tail is rather long.
The height of Tervurens is 24-26 inches for males, and 22-24 inches for females. Males weigh 60 to 75 lbs, females - 40-55 lbs.

Temperament

Belgian Tervuren are very smart, agile, and serious dogs, but they do need a proper socialization from an early age. Without it, they may become territorial and aggressive towards other animals and pets, or - this is another extreme - may become too shy and timorous. However, if a Tervuren has been socialized well, it will be a lovely dog with a confident, proud, alert and protective character. No problems with other pets should be expected. This breed is not recommended for families with small children. Older and considerate children are better. The dog can live both indoors and outdoors, but it feels better with people. Also, make sure your dog gets a lot of daily exercise. Tervurens require it as much as other Shepherd dogs. Tervurens can bond very strongly to one or two people.

Coat and grooming

The Belgian Tervuren has a medium to long coat that consists of a thick undercoat and an abundant outer coat. The latter is pretty harsh and straight, with black tips.
The colour is fawn-mahogany (but can also have some shades of grey) with a black overlay and a typical black mask on the face. Belgian Tervurens tend to get darker with age, so an old dog may get additional black shades on the back, shoulders and ribs.
Daily grooming is preferable to keep the coat in a perfect state. If you cannot do it so often, thorough brushing once or twice a week should be fine too. Males shed heavily once a year, females shed twice a year.

Health

Tervurens are basically healthy, but some dogs can develop hip dysplasia and eye disorders.
The typical lifespan of these dogs is about 10-12 years.

Other interesting facts

Belgian Tervuren have a lot of natiral talents such as tracking, retrieving, herding, guarding, and performing tricks. Moreover, they are great watchdogs, perfect for police work, search & rescue. They are also excellent for competition obedience.

Read also: Belgian Sheepdog