Created in Belgium in the late 19th century, the Belgian Tervuren dog breed is often considered to be the most elegant of the four Belgian sheepdogs.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Belgian Tervuren.
The Belgian Tervuren was originally developed as a versatile farm dog that could herd livestock and guard the animals and the property. The Tervuren is actually one of four types of Belgian sheepdogs (the other three being the Belgian Malinois, the Groenendael, and the Laekenois), which all served as herders and guard dogs.
The Tervuren was named for his place of origin. Tervuren is a Belgian village that was home to a man named M.F. Corbeel, who owned the two dogs that would become the breed's foundation couple.
The Belgian Tervuren is known for its intelligence and biddability, as well as a clever sense of humor. As a herding breed, the Tervuren was bred to work around the farm. Although the average Tervuren today does not live on a farm, his heritage makes him a very active dog that requires daily exercise and mental stimulation. The Tervuren is a dog that needs a job, whether that is biking, jogging, or kayaking with his owner or training in any number of dog sports. A bored Tervuren that does not get enough exercise is likely to take matters into his own paws, and, as a medium-size dog, he can do a lot of damage.
4) Other Belgian Breeds
The American Kennel Club separated the Belgian Sheepdogs into three distinct breeds, the Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdog (the Groenendael), and the Belgian Tervuren (the Laekenois was not recognized) in 1959. But in many other countries, the Belgian Tervuren is still counted as one breed with the other three types of Belgian sheepdogs. Having the same size and build, the breeds are only distinguished by their coats. The Tervuren is unique because of his long, sleek fur.
5) Around Kids and Pets
The Tervuren can be good with children and small animals such as cats if they are raised together, but it is important to remember that he is a high-energy herding dog. Nips and roughhousing should not be tolerated. It is important to educate children about how to properly behave around your dog — he is likely to nip if his tail or ears are pulled. The Tervuren is best with older children that understand dogs and treat them with respect. The Tervuren is generally fine with cats in a controlled setting, but if the cat takes off running, all bets are off.
6) Elegant Dog
When you look at a Belgian Tervuren, your first impression is one of elegance. This is a medium-size dog with a square build, a wedge-shaped head carried proudly, dark-brown eyes that are slightly almond-shaped, prick ears, and an intelligent, questioning expression that indicates he's always ready for action.
The Belgian Tervuren has a double coat that is short on the head and the front of the legs. The opening of the ear is protected by tufts of hair. A collarette of longer hair surrounds the neck and is especially abundant on males. Other areas where the hair is longer are the back of the legs and the tail.
The Belgian Tervuren’s harshdouble coat sheds dirt, but he will need a thorough brushing once or twice a week to remove dead hair. This will take about 15 to 20 minutes. Have grooming tools such as a medium-size pin brush, slicker brush, undercoat rake, and a mat comb on hand. He sheds heavily once or twice a year and will need more frequent brushing during those times to control the amount of loose hair floating around. There will be lots of it!
9) Health Problems
Health conditions that have been seen in the Terv include epilepsy, osteochondritis dissecans, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, an eye condition called pannus, and allergies. It's also quite common for healthy Tervurens to have a white blood cell count that is below normal.
10) AKC Herding Champion
Industrialization reduced the need for herding dogs, but Belgian Tervuren still retain their natural herding ability. The first recorded champion of the AKC herding championship was a Tervuren.