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Belgian Tervuren - Dog Breeds - Facts Every Owner Ought To Know

Jul 19, 2008
To begin this article we will look at some of the key stats on this breed, then move onto the more serious aspects.

Breed group: Herding

Weight: Male: 65-75, Female: 60-70 lbs

Height: Male: 24-26, Female: 22-24 inches

Overview

This breed is originally from Belgium, and was bred to be guarding and herding dogs. Belgian Tervurens are one of four Belgian Shepherd dogs, but they are considered to be the more glamorous looking. These dogs were used as messengers, draft dogs and patrol dogs during the first and second World Wars. Today they are still used as farm dogs, police dogs and guide dogs.

Temperament

This dog is not ideal for the inexperienced dog owner. The Belgian Shepherd Tervuren is a very devoted dog that thrives on the company of humans. These dogs are very caring, and they tend to bond closely with one member of the family. They are also wary and cautious of strangers. This is a dog that will get along well with children they have been raised with, but might have issues with children they are not familiar with. It is advised that these dogs do not engage in games that involve chasing, tug-of-war or play in and around the house that is too rough. The Belgian Tervuren is not recommended for homes with animals other than dogs. This breed will also not do well when left alone for too long, as this might lead to destructive behaviour.

Care

Belgian Tervurens has a long, straight outer coat and a thick under coat. In order to keep these coats in a good condition, these dogs should be combed and brushed on a daily basis. Mats have a tendency to form in the ruff hair on their legs and should be clipped out. The hair between their toes and on the outer ears should also be clipped. These dogs are not heavy shedders, but they shed constantly. It is advised to brush them thoroughly once or twice during the week.

Training

Belgian Shepherd Tervurens is extremely intelligent and obedient dogs. They are however very challenging and dominant. It is important that they receive early, intense, and continuous socialization and obedience. This breed will dislike and not react positively to cruel or rough training methods. Training must be done with determination, fairness and patience. The training of these dogs should also be consistency, and have a reward.

Health problems

This tough and strong dog has no major health concerns, but they do have some minor problems potential owners should be aware of. They include epilepsy, skin allergies and eye problems - cases of hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia have also been reported. It is important to not over feed this breed, as they tend to become obese.
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