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Belgian Tervuren

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #1072015: #982014: #110
Name Belgian Tervuren
Other names Tervuren, Chien De Berger Belge
Origin Belgium
Breed Group Herding (AKC:1959 & UKC)
Size Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 10-12 years
Temperament AlertAttentiveEnergeticIntelligentLoyalProtective
Height Male: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)Female: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm)
Weight Male: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg)Female: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg)
Colors Fawn & BlackMahogany & Black
Litter Size 6-10 puppies
Puppy Price Average $1200 - $1500 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Apartment Friendly 3 starsThe Belgian Tervuren will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is moderately active indoors and will do best with at least an average-sized yard. This breed prefers cool climates, but adapts well to others. It can live outdoors but would much rather be with his people.
Barking Tendencies 5 starsFrequent
Cat Friendly 2 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 3 stars
Exercise Needs 4 starsThis is a working dog that is accustomed to an active outdoor life. As such it needs a lot of exercise, including a long daily walk. In addition, it will greatly benefit being off the leash as much as possible in a safe area.
Grooming 3 starsModerate Maintenance: Grooming should be performed regularly to keep its fur in good shape. Professional trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues 3 starsThis hardy, healthy breed has no major health concerns. Some minor concerns that have been seen are epilepsy, skin allergies, eye problems, excessive shyness, excessive aggressiveness and occasionally hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. Do not overfeed this breed, for it has a tendency to become obese and lazy.Hypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 5 starsRanking: #14. (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 5 stars
Shedding Level 5 starsConstant Shedding: Expect this dog to shed frequently. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
Stranger Friendly 2 stars
Trainability 5 starsEasy Training: Training will be enjoyable. This dog is inclined to listen to commands and obey its owner. This breed will require fewer repetitions to obey specific instructions, pleasing owners who like to see quick results.
Watchdog Ability 5 starsGreat Watchdog Ability: This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present. It exhibits very protective behavior, acts fearless toward any aggressor, and will do what it takes to guard and protect its family.
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Max Bella
02 Charlie Lucy
03 Buddy Daisy
04 Cooper Molly
05 Jack Lola
06 Rocco Ella
07 Toby Emma
08 Sam Maggie
09 Buster Coco
10 Teddy Millie
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This breed combines elegance and strength. It is square-proportioned and of medium bone. It is noteworthy for its exceedingly proud carriage. Its movement is lively, graceful and seemingly tireless, exhibiting an easy, effortless gait rather than a hard-driving action. It has a natural tendency to move in a circle rather than a straight line. It combines a dense undercoat with an outer coat consisting of abundant guard hairs that are long, well-fitting, straight and of medium harshness. Its expression is intelligent and questioning.

Alert, watchful and energetic, the Tervuren is an active and dependable companion that functions best when given daily mental and physical exercise. It enjoys playing and running outside, and can be a well-mannered companion inside as long as it is given sufficient exercise. It is smart and obedient, but independent. It is aloof with strangers and can be aggressive toward other dogs and animals. It may nip at the heels of children in an attempt to herd them.

There are four closely related breeds of Belgian Shepherd collectively referred to as ‘Chien de Berger Belge’, which were classified as independent breeds in 1891. All are herding and guard dogs, and are primarily distinguished by their appearances: the Malinois has short hair, the Laekenois (not currently recognized by the American Kennel Club) has wiry hair, the Groenendael (also known simply as the ‘Belgian Shepherd’) has long, black hair, and the Tervuren has long hair of any other color. The Tervuren was named after the Belgian city of Tervuren where it was developed. It was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1918, but nearly went extinct before World War II. Recently, it has enjoyed moderate popularity as a versatile breed and excellent herder.
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