Double coat with long, abundant, well-fitting, straight guard hairs and very dense, woolly undercoat; very long and profuse hair around the neck, where it forms a collarette.
Rich fawn to russet mahogany, with black overlay.
Like the other varieties of Belgian Sheepdog, the elegant Belgian Tervuren is smart, self-assured, loyal and honest. Watchful and protective of his family, the Tervuren is happiest when he has a job to do. Tervurens are alert and form strong bonds with their owners. Intelligent and sensitive, they need socialization from puppyhood.
Tervurens can make great companions for anyone with an active outdoor lifestyle. Although city living is probably not ideal for them, with enough exercise, this versatile breed can live just about anywhere. They also require plenty of training and attention to bring them to their full potential. They must be with their family - this is not a breed that should be relegated to the backyard or a kennel. A fenced-in yard can help the Tervuren safely work off some of his energy.
The Belgian Tervuren excels in sports like agility, rally, flyball, obedience, tracking and herding.
All of the Belgian Sheepdogs need lots of exercise, and the Tervuren is no exception. Highly energetic and active, this breed likes to work hard and play hard - every day. Participating in organized sports can help keep him in shape and physically and mentally stimulated.
The active Tervuren needs a nutritious, high-quality diet.
All of the Belgian Sheepdogs thrive on training. Tervurens are eager to please and quick learners, which makes training them a joy. They require positive, reward-based training - harsh methods will cause this sensitive breed to shut down. Tervurens require early socialization.
The Tervuren is an excellent dog around children and is frequently protective of his "charges." He does well in multi-pet households and is usually gentle even with smaller dogs and cats.
The average life span of the Belgian Tervuren is 10 to 14 years. Breed health concerns may include allergies; cataracts; elbow dysplasia; epilepsy; hip dysplasia; hypothyroidism; and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).
The longhaired Tervuren's double coat requires regular attention. Brushing several times a week with a pin brush will take care of his grooming needs. He is a heavy seasonal shedder, and his fine fur will mat if neglected.
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