The Belgian Tervuren needs to be a close companion. He usually chooses one person to whom he will become most attached. These dogs need extensive socialization from an early age. Again, socialize, socialize, socialize right from birth.
The Tervuren reflects the qualities of intelligence, courage, alertness, and devotion to his master. A member of the Herding group, their most identifiable feature is their longhaired fawncoatwhich generally darkens as the dog gets older.
The dogs coat needs a good and thorough brushing at least once or twice a week. These dogs are constant light shedders, with males shedding heavily once a year and females blowing coat twice a year.
He is an active dog who needs daily exercise - and lots of it. Working Tervuren lines tend to have particularly high drive, just so you'll know. They have a lot of energy and need a job to do so be sure to pick the job for them.
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They make excellent family dogs, they have a high energy drive and they require a lot of exercise and coat care. They excel at certain dog sports such as: obedience, dog agility, and flyball.
Additionally, Tervurens are suited to many kinds of activities such as: obedience, search and rescue, police and military work, rally, agility, therapy and service work, and tracking.
In addition to his inherent ability as a herding dog, he protects his master's person and property without being overtly aggressive. He is watchful, attentive, and usually in motion when not under command. They are also a very smart and obedient dog.
The Tervuren is one of 4 types of Belgian sheep herding dogs registered in Belgium and France. The other varieties are the Groenendael (longhaired black), Laekenois (wirehaired), and Belgian Malinois (shorthaired fawn coat).
Country of origin: Belgium Lifespan: 12-14 years Colors: Rich fawn to russet mahogany with black overlay Known health problems: Epilepsy, skin allergies, hip and elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy Famous Belgian Tervurens: Wellard, from EastEnders
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