Belgian Tervuren

Overview

This strain combines strength and elegance. It’s square-proportioned and of moderate bone. It’s notable because of its exceptionally proud carriage. Its motion is more lively, graceful and apparently tireless, demonstrating an easy, effortless gait instead of a hard-driving activity. It’s a natural propensity to move into a circle instead of a straight line. It unites a dense undercoat having an outer coating composed of abundant guard hairs which are lengthy, well-fitting, straight and of medium harshness. Its expression is both intelligent and questioning.
Alert, attentive and lively, the Tervuren is a lively and reliable companion which works best when given daily physical and mental exercise. It enjoys running and playing outside, and may be quite a well-mannered companion indoors as long as it’s given adequate exercise. It’s smart and obedient, but separate. It’s aloof with strangers and may be aggressive toward other animals and dogs. It could nip at the heels of kids in an effort to herd them.

AKC RANKING 108
FAMILY livestock, herding
AREA OF ORIGIN Belgium
DATE OF ORIGIN 1800s
ORIGINAL FUNCTION stock herding
TODAY’S FUNCTION herding trials, schutzhund
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 24-26 Weight: 55-65
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 22-24 Weight: 40-50
OTHER NAME Tervuren, chien de berger Belge
The Tervuren requires strenuous action, either a long walk or run or a invigorating play or work session daily. It particularly enjoys herding, that’s the perfect exercise. It can live outside in temperate to cool climates, but it does best when allowed access to the a home and lawn. Its double coat requires cleaning and cleaning twice per week, more frequently when shedding.
  • Energy levelHigh energy
  • Exercise needsHigh
  • PlayfullnessVery playful
  • Affection levelVery affectionate
  • Friendliness toward other dogsFriendly
  • Friendliness toward other petsFriendly
  • Friendliness toward strangersShy
  • Ease of trainingHard to train
  • Watchdog abilityHigh
  • Protection abilityVery protective
  • Grooming needsModerate maintenance
  • Cold toleranceMedium tolerance
  • Heat toleranceMedium tolerance
• Major concerns: none
• Minor concerns: epilepsy, skin allergies
• Occasionally seen: CHD
• Suggested tests: none
• Life span: 10 – 12 years
The Belgian Tervuren is among four Belgian shepherd breeds, all sharing the exact roots but distinguished by distinct coat types and colours. They’re the wire-haired Laekenois, the shorthaired Malinois, the extended black-haired Groenendael along with the extended anything-but-black-haired Tervuren. These herding — shield breeds were interbred before and following their recognition as a single strain (the Belgian, or Continental, shepherd) in 1891. The Tervuren was called after the village of Tervuren, where among the breed’s oldest proponents lived. The Tervuren lagged behind another shepherd strains in popularity, possibly hindered by its less flashy color and arguments over exactly what colours were desired. The very first Tervuren was enrolled in the us in 1918, however, the breed’s numbers stayed so low that these dogs expired by the melancholy. The Tervuren needed to be nearly re-created after World War II by longhaired offspring of Malinois parents. In 1959 the Belgian shepherd has been split into three strains, and also the Tervuren was alone. The Tervuren has since caught the eye of several fanciers since it’s by far the most elegant of the three strains. It currently enjoys moderate popularity. The Belgian Tervuren is a flexible puppy and can be used less in shield work, however much more in herding, than are its own Belgian shepherd counterparts.

 

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