Belgian Shepherd Dog (Tervuren)
The Tervuren belongs to the Belgian Shepherd family of dogs, named after a place in Belgium. Its type division varies, being categorized under some breed criterions as a breed in its own right. It is usually enumerated within breed standards under one or other, or a mixture, of these names. Since 1960, In the United States, the American Kennel Club recognizes it by the name Belgian Tervuren. Prior to that, all recognized diversities of the Belgians were baptisedas Belgian Sheepdog.
The Canadian Kennel Club in Canada recognizes the Tervuren as a diversity of the Belgian Shepherd.
Similar to all the four Belgian Shepherds, the Tervuren is a average-sized, angular-proportioned dog in the Herding doggroup. Males height lies between 24 and 26 inches, and they weigh roughly 65 lb. Females are much smaller. It is known by its thick dual layered coat, generally mahogany with fluctuating grades of black edge, together with a black mask. A small covering of white on the upper body is allowed, as well as white tips on toes. The Tervuren may also be grey or sable, but this may be punished in the show ring in some nations according to the standard of the registering figure. While the FCI permits any type of red coat counting pale yellow (sand color) and grey the AKC has severer rules regarding shade.The FCI states that fawn/mahogany is to be favoured, grey colour is considered to be a fault under AKC rules.
Tervurens are highly energetic, intelligent dogs who require a job to keep them engaged. This can beobedience, agility herding, flyball, tracking, or protection work. They are also found working as Search and Rescue dogs, finding missing people and slide victims. Tervurens that are not kept sufficiently busy can become restless or damaging.
As pet animals, Tervurens are loyal and form strong bonds with their intimate people, leading some to be shy around outsiders. They are good being watch dogs, as they are very observant and alert to the slightest change in their surroundings. Some can be panicky, depending on breeding and initial experiences, so care must be taken to sufficientlymingle Tervuren puppies to a wide variability of people and circumstances.
Tervurens are not usuallysuggested as a first-time dog to thelandlords due to their high care level.
This breed can contend in flyball, obedience,dog agility trials, showmanship, tracking, Schutzhund, and herding events. Trainabilityand herding instincts and can be examined at non-competitive herding tests. Belgian Shepherds showingsimple herding instincts can be trained to participate in herding trials.
The breed is found to be generally healthy, but it can have a vulnerability to hip dysplasia, gastric problems (counting bloats and torsions) ,epilepsy, and some eye and coating problems.
The Tervuren in a natural state is seen with minimal trimming and beautifying products. Bathing, brushing, and trimming the fur on the feet with scissors is done by people to emphasize their close-fitting, cat-footed shape. it is the extent of most exhibitors’ training routines.
The Tervuren has a dense, dual coat comparable to the Groenendael. Consistent brushing is essential to eliminate loose under coat, but overall, the fur is not disposed to floorcovering but seldom, they can catch hairballs. Anappropriately textured Tervuren coat is somewhat hard, lying flat beside the body. It certainly sheds dirt and remains, but burrs and seeds may cling to the feathers on the feet.