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Belgian Tervuren

Also known as: Belgian Shepherd (Tervuren variety)

Breed origin: Belgium
Original purpose: Herding.

AKC recognized: 1959
AKC group: Herding

Size: Height: males 24 to 26 inches; females 22 to 24 inches
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Color: Body rich fawn to russet mahogany with black overlay, mask and ears, becoming darker with age. The tail typically has a darker or black tip.

Life span: 10 to 14 years.

General characteristics/temperament: Belgian Tevurens are strong, agile, well muscled, alert, courageous, intelligent, inquisitive, and full of life. As companions, they are gentle, affectionate, devoted, very possessive, and naturally protective of their masters and their property without being overly aggressive. They are watchful and attentive, and are observant and vigilant with strangers, but not apprehensive. They possess a strong desire to work and are most content when given a job to do. This breed is closely related to three other breeds: the Belgian Laekenois, the Belgian Malinois, and the Belgian Sheepdog. In fact, the only difference between these four breeds is their coat type, the Tervuren having the longer coat of the two breeds with the fawn-colored body with black overlay.

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Protective? Yes

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Intelligent? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Good jogging partner? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, obedience, Schutzhund, herding, sledding, tracking, search and rescue, therapy, guiding and assistance, police work

Known health problems: Cataracts, epilepsy, thyroid problems, progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, pannus.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Belgian Tervuren (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Robert Pollet Dr. and Muriel P. Lee
Published in 2007
155 pages

The Complete Belgian Tervuren
By Kay K. Maves
Published in 1990
245 pages

Belgian Tervuren
By Moira Allen
Published in 1993
192 pages

The Complete Belgian Shepherd Dog
By Deborah Fleming
Published in 2003
176 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
American Belgian Tervuren Club
Wikipedia breed information page
American Belgian Tervuren Club Rescue

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