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December 9, 2022

#14. Belgian Tervuren

Belgian Tervuren
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Tervs were bred by Belgian farmers to be both a herding dog and guard dog. The Terv is happiest when he’s got a taxing job to do, and if you don’t have the means to keep him active and thinking every day, you might want to look elsewhere for a pet. Hunters, farmers, and people who live very active lifestyles will find the Terv best to their liking. Because of their need for a job to focus on, bored Tervs are smart enough to start looking for ways to amuse themselves, which will often mean finding ways to outsmart their human companions. But owners who can keep them engaged and learning will be rewarded to see the dog’s genuine delight when they master a new task or job.

Hypoallergenic: No

Life expectancy: 12 – 14 years

Colors: Black, Brindle, Fawn & Black, Mahogany & Black, Black & Cream, Fawn & Liver

Temperament: Energetic, Intelligent, Alert, Loyal, Attentive, Protective

Weight: Female: 20–25 kg, Male: 25–30 kg

Height: Female: 56–62 cm, Male: 60–66 cm

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