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Older Children


Ease Of Training

Novice Owners

Breed Popularity

Breed Health




Other Dogs

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 Younger Children


Active Lifestyle


Apartment Living

Cats Or Small Pets

How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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Belgian Tervuren Temperament And dog Breed Information

 Exercise Belgian Tervurens are a very active energetic dog and because of this, they require lots of exercise. They need to be outdoors working or with plenty of  space to run and play off the leash. The kind of exercise a dog gets walking on a leash won't satisfy his desire for releasing energy.

Tervuren personality thrives on attention and praise and love to play. Failure to give them all the attention and exercise they require may result in the manifestation of various dog behavioral problems such as chewing or barking.

Because they are such energetic dogs, they do need a yard that they can run around in and play. If they are going to spend any measurable amount of time outdoors, they will need some running room.


The Belgian Tervuren doesn't have any real major Health concerns out of the ordinary for dogs of this breed or type. Some problems that have been seen are::

• Hip dysplasia

• skin allergies

• epilepsy

Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

  Ideal Belgian Tervuren Owners are

Experienced strong willed, and active. Who can provide an intelligent dog with a job to do along with plenty of play and socialisation

Not recommended for the inexperienced or stay at home owner. small children, the overly house proud or fastidious.

 As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club


Belgian Tervuren Temperament

The Tervuren temperament  is alert and intelligent, A loving dog that makes a wonderful pet .

This is a breed  that needs a job or task to perform and if you don’t provide him with one he will go and find one on his own  (and you may not like what he decides to do!).

The Belgian Tervuren temperament means they are very protective of their family and home and on meeting strangers  will be alert and on guard, but not aggressive.

If you become his friend, you are his friend for life.

Considering they have such strong protective instincts it is vital that your Belgian Tervuren is socialized around other dogs and people from a very young age. Proper socializing from a puppy will help to prevent over aggressiveness in adulthood.

Training The Belgian Tervuren has a very high intelligence, is easy to train, and is known for having a great sense of fun.

They participate in many AKC events revolving around tracking, herding, agility and obedience. Due to their intelligence, trainability and loyalty, they are used for search and rescue, guard and protection dogs for the military and police, therapy dogs, pulling sleds and fly ball competitions.

Children and Animals. If Tervurens are properly socialized with cats and other animals, they seem to get along great with them ,although they have a tendency to be dominant with other dogs.

If raised around young children, they will  make a great playmate and watchdog, but Because of their large size and energetic personality, shouldn't be left alone with smaller children as they may unintentionally hurt them by being over boisterous.

Having said that you can rest assured that he will do his utmost to protect your children from any harmful outsiders should the need arise.

Protection Belgian Tervuren dogs have a very loyal, bond to their family members, and are always watchful of them. They are quick to pick up on any strange situations in their surroundings. They are not quick to make friends with strangers, preferring the company of  family and friends they already know.

Grooming The Tervuren has a long, straight heavy outer coat of medium length and another dense coat underneath that needs to be brushed and combed daily, if possible. With such a large amount of thick hair, it easily is matted if it's neglected and not brushed with any regularity.  Due to the heavy shedding, you may not want them spending every minute of the day in the house.

The Belgian Turvuren is one of four breeds recognised in the U.S  that comes under the heading of Belgian Shepherd Dogs and were developed as herding or guardian dogs in Belgium during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, the others being the Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdog or Groenendael  and Belgian Laekenois respectively.  Every where else apart from the US, these breeds are considered to be one breed with four variations and each of the four breeds are named after the villages of their origin.The breeds were seperated by the AKC in 1959 and this one is named after a Belgian village of the same name.

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