Species group: Herding Group dogs
Other name(s): Tervuren; Chien de Berger Belge
The Belgian Tervuren is one of four Belgian Shepherds, considered a breed of its own by the American Kennel Club and simply a variety of Belgian Shepherd by almost all other countries. Without getting involved in that debate, we'll just point out that this dog is a high energy, high intelligence working dog that craves both physical and mental exercise. For the best results with this animal, you will need to be a motivated, involved owner who gives your companion something involving to do. Their personality varies quite a bit, and you will need to bring your best dog psychology to training this dog to compete in agility or other competitions. You must be able to lead with kindness.
Appearance / health:
The Belgian Tervuren is a well-balanced medium-sized, strong, agile, and muscular dog. Their dark brown eyes are slightly almond-shaped. The nose is black. The ears are cupped and erect. The muzzle tapers without being too pointy. The shoulders form an angle with their long, muscular legs. The tail is long and feathered. It is set low at rest and curves a bit when the dog is moving. The feet are small and cat like.
They are light shedders with heavy shedding once or twice a year. Daily brushing and combing is necessary for this breed.
Belgian Tervurens require moderate amounts of exercise. A swim, short walk, or a jog is necessary for these dogs to stay happy and healthy and prevent obesity.
Belgian Tervurens are relatively a healthy breed and do not suffer from many ailments. Obesity is common. Other health issues affecting Tervurens are eye problems, thyroid issues, epilepsy, and bloat. Hip dysplasia, a condition characterized by badly formed hips, may occur.
Behavior / temperament:
Belgian Tervurens do not respond well to harshness and though they may forgive the owner, they do not forget easily and some may become uncooperative. Their herding instincts are strong so they may tend to nip people or animals at their heels. Always wary of strangers, they make good watchdogs because of their alertness without being too aggressive. Some dogs are extremely friendly, even with strangers. Full of energy, these dogs are always on the move and need to be busy and can be destructive.
They have a high learning rate and can be trained to do different things. They excel in obedience work. Early socialization and training is necessary to get the best out of these dogs.
They do not bark much though some may be spirited barkers.
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My first Tervuren was crate-trained in 2 weeks as a puppy. She was never destructive and paid close attention to my commands. At the age of 10 weeks, she carried in the newspaper, walked well on leash, sat and stayed on command for several minutes at a time. I found her to be high-energy, yet was happy staying quietly in my office with me during the day. Her coat required routine brushing and bathing, but no special clipping was necessary. She did have separation anxiety, and did not like thunderstorms. Her sense of duty and purpose was evident throughout her life. At the age of 12, she lost control of her back legs, and Xrays showed that she had several tumors on her spine and stomach. If you are considering a Tervuren as part of your family, understand that the breed requires exercise and attention, and the opportunity to bond with one member of the family over the others..
From ThreeWolves Oct 21 2014 6:07PM
50/50 on Effectiveness
Not only have I used this product for my own pets, but I see it leave the clinic I work in several times a day. My thoughts are always the same. How long will it be before that pet has a positive heartworm test at their routine annual exam?
Unfortunately, some products simply do not work well. Ivermectin, the main ingredient in Heartgard is simply a product that has become ineffective against heartworms. As fleas and ticks have become resistant over the years to specific products as do mosquitos.
I have noted on several occasions, but two very recently. One instance was dogs that shared the same pen both consistently on Heartgard Plus every 30 days year around. One dog was positive and the other was negative. Another instance, two female beagle littermates. Both on a very strict schedule of Heartgard as heartworm preventative. Both dogs were heartworm positive.
My dog became heartworm positive after being on Heartgard Plus and unfortunately many of the dogs that I will test at my clinic will be positive after being on Heartgard Plus every 30 days consistently year around. I do not recommend Heartgard anymore especially to those pets who spend a lot of time outside. .
From JMalone CVT 353 days ago
The younger, the better.
Dogs learn by repetition: PATIENCE.
Dogs can also be annoyed if we demand tricks or obedience all day long.
PATIENCE, PERSEVERANCE and FIRMNESS are key when it comes to educating our puppy.
Make allowances for the ill.
The wellbeing of the whole family, including the pet, will depend on educating at an early age, and that requires TIME. Do you have it?
From 8-12 weeks of age on, your pup should start learning the difference between what is right and what is wrong. Decide now what will be allowed at home: some people do not mind having the dog on furniture or beds; for others this is unpleasant; the same applies to beggin at the table, jumping over people, chewing on furniture, and any other unwanted behavior. If you want the dog to learn certain habits, make sure that your rules are obeyed from the beginning.
Use a firm voice and short simple commands such as: don't, stop, sit, stay.
Do not use long human phrases like: why are you doing this to me, what's wrong with you, Fido, sweet heart, didn't I tell you a thousand times not to pee on the carpet?! Your dog will probably not understand!
On the other hand, rewards and scoldings should always be given at the moment of the action, or they may not be associated with such actions.
Avoid physical abuse. Never use violence. You will only get a fearful -and perhaps- injured dog. Remember that a firm "no" works for him to realize that something is wrong with his behavior..
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