Like all Belgian Shepherds, the Belgian Tervuren is a medium-sized and square-proportioned dog in the sheepdog family. The Tervuren has a long mahogany coat with black overlay. It has black erect ears and a black muzzle. It has a square build in comparison to the German shepherd. They are grey and oker dogs too, but this will be penalized in contests and is not the preferred color.
Tervuren dogs are about 24–26 in (61–66 cm), while bitches are about 22–24 in (56–61 cm) at the withers. Bitches are said to average 25–30 kg (55–65 lb), while sires are heavier at 29–34 kg (65–75 lb).
The other varieties of Belgian Shepherd are distinguished by their coats and colors: the Malinois is the same color as the Tervuren with short hair, the Laekenois is the same color, only it may lack the black mask and ears, and has wirehair, the Groenendael has long hair and is solid black. All the Belgian Shepherds share the same physical qualities, but the Malinois is the outstanding working dog. There are however very good Tervuerens as well who can and will compete at the highest Ring or IPO level. However this breed bred for beauty and not for working. Check the Belgian tervuren breeders before you decide on your purchase of your puppie.
And that brings us to your second consideration. Will you take a real working dog or a Tervuren that has been bred for beauty? Even though both will have this sharpness and assertivity that is so typical for this dog breed, the one born to work will always excel in this. On the other hand, the dog breed for beauty will win every beauty contest from a real working dog. It is pivotal that you decide what your style is.
Well-raised and trained Tervurens are usually very active, friendly, protective and hard working. Many have excessively high prey drive. Some may be excessively exuberant or playful, especially when young. They can be destructive or develop neurotic behaviors if not provided enough stimulation and exercise. These are large, strong dogs that require consistent obedience training, and Tervuerens enjoy being challenged with new tasks. The belgian tervuren breeders make sure that the dog will have an enjoyable but strong character that suits your needs.
I include a few links of good tervuren breeders. Important is that you take a dog with a good pedigree and no diseases in his family http://www.thereddragon.be/
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