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• High energy level
• High exercise needs
• Very playful
• Friendly towards other dogs
• Friendly around other pets
• Shy around strangers
• Difficult to train
• Great watchdogs
• Very protective
• Moderate grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat and cold
The Belgian Tervuren is a beautiful breed, with a coat fawn or mahogany in color, and black overlay. These are courageous dogs, with a high level of devotion and protection to its family.
Because of the temperament and ability to be trained, they are often used as guide dogs for the blind or for therapy. Dependable and alert, they make great companions and do well as pets, competition show dogs, and for their original purpose of herding.
Well suited in families, they enjoy being a member of the household, but require regular exercise, not only for their health, but to keep them from becoming bored and hard to deal with in the home.
Like most herding breeds, the Belgian Tervuren requires regular daily exercise, whether it is a long walk, long play session or a jog beside its owner. Because they are social animals, they enjoy being part of a family, and are extremely fond of herding. They prefer to have access to both inside and outside the home.
Because of their longer coat they require brushing or combing twice a week and more often when they are shedding.
Named after the village Tervuren, this breed began along with another 3 Belgian shepherds, but was not as popular as many people did not find the coat as appealing as the colors of some other Belgian shepherds. This unpopularity caused the breed to disappear by the Great Depression, leaving them to be completely rebred by offspring of the Malinois breed.
In 1959 when the 4 shepherds were divided into 3 breeds, the Tervuren was distinguished on its own. Still not a highly popular dog, the Tervuren has become more widely known, but because it is more of a herding dog, it likely will never reach the popularity of the breeds used for security and protection.