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Belgian Tervuren
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Belgian Tervuren

Facts about Belgian Tervuren

Has intelligence, courage, alertness and devotion to master. Watchful, attentive, and usually in motion when not under command. Vigilant with strangers.

The Tervuren, is named after a town outside Belgium. Its classification varies, being includedunder some breed standards as a breed in its own right, and in others as one of several acceptable variations of the Belgian Shepherd Dog.


The Belgian Tervuren has a square shaped body. When seen from the side, the top of its pointed muzzle is parallel to the top of its skull. The chest is deep reaching around the elbows. The teeth meet in a scissors or level bite. The tail is strong at the base. The double coat is resistant to most weather conditions, with long, abundant, close-fitting guard hairs. The overall length of the harsh coat is medium to long with the hair on the head, legs and outer area of the ears being shorter. The undercoat is dense and the outer coat is straight with black ends. Males have a mane of hair around the neck that isn’t as prominent in females.


They are moderately affectionate. They are not very adaptable to apartment environments. They will bark a lot. They are not very cat friendly. They have very few health issues. They are extremely intelligent and playful. They are very territorial and would be very good watchdog material. They shed excessively and should be groomed often.




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