Pastor Belga Tervueren
Of the four varieties of the Belgian Shepherd, only the Belgian Shepherd Tervueren and the Belgian Shepherd Groenendael have long hair. Therefore, it is the two varieties that have achieved more popularity as pets, at the very beginning of history. However, despite its beauty and elegance, the Belgian Shepherd Tervueren is first and foremost a working dog . Your square, muscular, lightweight body provides you with the agility and strength you need to succeed in almost any job. Like the other Belgian Shepherds, the Tervueren is a very agile and very active dog, and it is also very good in terms of protection and surveillance.
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In this YourCatCareguide breed card we will tell you everything you need to know about the Belgian Shepherd Tervueren to adopt one.
- Grupo I
- More than 80
Origin of the Belgian Shepherd Tervueren
The Belgian Shepherd Tervueren owes its name to the Belgian village of Tervueren . This cute dog was not always very popular. After two eras in which this race was almost disappearing, the Tervueren gained popularity in 1945.
Although each Belgian Shepherd variety has a particular history, the history of the Tervueren is part of the breed’s history, the variety resulting from the cross between the Belgian Shepherd Groenendael and the long-haired Collie.
Characteristics of Belgian Shepherd Tervueren
The height at the withers for males ranges from 60 to 66 centimeters. For females, the height at the withers is between 56 and 62 centimeters. The weight of the males should be between 25 and 30 kilos. The females should be between 20 and 25 pounds.
The triangular ears and tipped ends are small and of high insertion in a wide head, straight and thin. The dark, almond-shaped eyes give Belgian Shepherd Tervueren an expression between arrogant and melancholy. The powerful teeth of the Tervueren close in scissors and are arranged in a muzzle that is wider at its base than at the end. The muzzle should never be pointed. The front ends are straight and parallel to each other. The posterior extremities are powerful but without giving the appearance of being weighed, having a normal angulation.
The hair of this Belgian Shepherd is short on the head, the outside of the ears and the lower part of the paws (except for the posterior side of the forearm showing fringes). The rest of the body is covered for long, though not as long as in other Shepherd breeds such as the Bobtail. The smooth, long hair is more abundant in the neck and before the chest, where it draws a beautiful necklace that gives the Tervueren a royal appearance. The hair is also very abundant in the tail. The colors accepted for the Belgian Shepherd Tervueren are the frizzy embossed and the gray imbued, always with black mask. The embroided is the color resulting from hairs that have the black extreme, so the base color darkens a bit. The tail is of medium length and with abundant hair, should reach at least until the hock.
Character of the Belgian Shepherd Tervueren
Vigilant, active and of great vitality, the Tervueren is an excellent guard dog and protector of his human family. Since his instincts of protection and territoriality are very developed, it is necessary to socialize him since he was a puppy . Tervueren has as much energy as any other Belgian Shepherd, so he needs some daily occupation to keep himself distracted and burn all his energy. Lack of physical and mental exercise can cause you behavior problems.
Care of the Belgian Shepherd Tervueren
Although Belgian Shepherd Tervueren can adapt to living in an apartment, he needs a lot of exercise . So it is best if you have a garden or a patio. Regardless if living in an apartment or in a house, the long daily rides are imperative for this dog. In addition to exercise this dog needs constant companionship as there is a dog to leave in the garden or patio most of the day.
Belgian Shepherd Tervueren regularly loses all year round. In addition, males lose at least once a year. Females lose abundantly twice a year. Regular brushing is necessary to keep the Tervueren’s hair in good condition. If you can not properly care for your dog’s hair, it is essential that you go to the veterinarian or the canine hairdresser.
Education of Belgian Shepherd Tervueren
This dog is easy to train if proper methods are used. Hard methods of education can destroy the character of the Tervueren or lead to confrontation. It is preferable to use methods of dog training that are based on cooperation rather than domination.
Belgian Shepherd Tervueren needs an experienced owner. If given the right conditions, this dog can become a great watchdog, a great shepherd dog or a great pet. It all depends on the correct education and training.
Health of the Belgian Shepherd Tervueren
Like the other varieties of the Belgian Shepherd, the Tervueren is a tough dog that has few health problems. However, veterinary care and proper administration of vaccines are always necessary, so one should choose a veterinarian with solid knowledge and experience.
It is not very common for this breed to be affected by the disease of hip dysplasia , but it is still important to watch it only to prevent it. What is known in this breed are cases of epilepsy, thyroid secretion and pancreatic problems.