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Belgian tervuren

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The Belgian Tervuren is a type of Belgian Sheepdog (or Belgian Shepherd Dog), although some authorities consider it to be a separate breed by itself.

Sometimes known simply as the Tervuren, it is usually considered to be one of several variations of Belgian Sheepdogs, just like the Groenendael, Malinois, and Laekenois. The Belgian Tervuren dog is a medium sized, lean but muscular herding dog that originated in Belgium. The dog has an alert appearance, with small dark eyes, a sleek, tapering muzzle, and upright, triangular ears.

The dog typically has a thick mahogany double coat, with some amount of black overlay as well as a black muzzle. The tail is feathered and long, and often so are the flanks. There is often a ruff of fur around the neck, which is more prominent in male dogs.

Gray or black Belgian Tervurens also exist, although they may not be accepted by some show rings and registering associations. A Belgian Tervuren mix may also not be accepted, even if the mix is with another variation of Belgian Sheepdog.

The Belgian Tervuren is very popular as a working dog, especially as guard dogs, search and rescue dogs, and sniffer dogs. It also makes for an excellent pet, but this is not a dog for first time pet owners or for people who do not have the time, energy, or capacity to care for it properly. It requires a lot of patience, understanding, and consistency when training, without using force. The dog must also be socialized well, as it has a tendency to become possessive and territorial. While this does make it a good watchdog, the behavior can easily get out of hand. It is therefore important to introduce Belgian Tervuren puppies to other people, animals, objects, sounds, and experiences at an early age. The Belgian Tervuren temperament is strong and assertive, and it is important that the owner assumes the leadership role, or else the dog will step into this role naturally. These dogs are also very active and intelligent, and this part of their personality needs to be engaged to avoid behavioral problems. Exercise and other activities can ensure that the dog is happy and well adjusted.

Grooming is another consideration if you are planning to get a Belgian Tervuren, although this is not much more than it is for other similar breeds. The dog does shed considerably however, and regular brushing is necessary to get rid of loose fur from the undercoat.

  Submitted on October 7, 2009  

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