Belgian Shepherd —Tervuren

As is typical of the Belgian Shepherd breed, the Tervuren is an affectionate and loyal companion, preferring to be by your side than cooped up in a kennel. They are protective and excellent guard dogs although this guarding behaviour should not be encouraged too much from a young age as the Tervuren may start to guard their owner in unnecessary situations. They tend to be "alpha" dogs and should be shown discipline and firm training from a young age.

 

 

Other Names
Chien de Berger Belge, Belgian Shepherd, Belgian Sheepdog
Country of Origin
Belgium
Colour
This breed comes in fawn, grey or red with black markings around the face, tail tip and ears. Some may feature white chest and toe markings.
Size
Large
Height / Weight
This dog typically measures from 56 – 66cms and weighs 27 – 29kgs.
Health
Prospective parents should ask for certification to ensure the puppy's parents are both eye tested and hip-scored. Epilepsy and skin conditions are also a risk with this breed.
Life Span
12-14 years
Intelligence
This intelligent and well humoured breed requires a gently yet persistent training method and if willing to learn and socialised from a young age, are quick to pick up on any cues. From 9 months of age they can appear to rebel but consistent basic training will ensure that by 18 months, your cheeky pooch is back to its diligent personality!
Exercise
High
Suitability (Children)
Low
Feeding

They may not have big appetites when young but the adult Tervuren has no problems with eating.

 

 

Feeding Cost
$15-$20 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
The Tervuren requires plenty of rigorous exercise and mental stimulation. They are not recommended for owners who are not home often.
Ailments
Prospective parents should ask for certification to ensure the puppy's parents are both eye tested and hip-scored. Epilepsy and skin conditions are also a risk with this breed.
Hair Shed
Moderate
Grooming

With a long, dense coat, the Tervuren requires frequent brushing. They will normally shed once or twice a year and can be professionally groomed to reduce hair matting.

 

Grooming Frequency
More than once a week
Trimming
None
The Belgian Shepherd dog is the only known breed that features four separate varieties. Named after the areas of Belgium in which they were bred, the different dogs are as follows: The black long-haired Groenendael, the fawn, red or grey long-haired Tervueren, the fawn, red or grey short-coated Malinois and the reddish fawn rough-coated Laekenois. Although known separately, the main difference between these breeds is their coat. The 1940s saw the Tervuren fall in popularity and almost become obsolete. They were re-discovered throughout the 1950s. In 1912, the Belgian Shepherd dog was officially recognised by the American Kennel Club.


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