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Belgian Tervuren

Tags: herding, Large-sized, Adaptable to apartment life, Kid-friendly

Checking out the various breeds of Belgian sheepdogs is like taking a tour of Belgium -- because all four kinds are named for the towns where we were concentrated in the late 1800s, after crosses that began way back in the Middle Ages. Thus, the Malinois are from the Malines area of Belgium, the Laekenois from Laeken, the Groenendael (a.k.a. Belgian Sheepdog) from Groenendael. And we Tervs are from Tervuren. If you see us all together in a Brussels dog park, Tervuren are the ones with the long, dense coats in a rich fawn or russet mahogany color with black overlay. The Belgian Tervuren was recognized by the AKC in 1959 and placed in the Herding Group.

Rave review

  • Adaptable to apartment life -- with ample exercise
  • Affectionate, devoted family friend
  • Agile and active
  • Born to run, happy to walk
  • Busy is better than bored
  • Confident and self-assured
  • Courageous canine
  • Energizer doggie
  • Even-tempered, good-natured

Report card

  • Independent thinker
  • Intelligent and ready to learn
  • Lives to work
  • Loves kids and vice versa
  • Outdoors enthusiast
  • Pleased to please
  • Caters to the country, tolerates town
  • Ready to romp
  • Socialization and training must start early

What to expect

Please start my training and socialization early -- and don't give up if I seem to forget what I've learned in my Awful Adolescence phase, around 9 months. Firm but gentle and consistent training -- again and again until I mature a bit -- will make us trusted friends for life. I'm a willing and able worker, so please find activities to keep me occupied and well exercised.

Watch for

Some possibility of hip dysplasia, epilepsy, juvenile cataracts, and hypothyroidism.

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