The Belgian Tervuren's thick coat requires brushing at least twice a week.
The breed also enjoys having a job to do and needs daily exercise. As an intelligent, sensitive dog, the Belgian Tervuren makes a wonderful addition to any home, as long as training is provided.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Belgian Tervuren is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 15 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
They have a dense undercoat, depending on the climate they live in as well as harsh textured outer coat of long guard hairs. A pin brush and slicker brush are excellent choices for grooming tools. Their strong nails should be trimmed regularly with a trimmer or grinder to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their prick ears covered in hair should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
“Their intelligence and high activity level can be a challenge for the less creative individual who may not understand the breed’s need to work,” warns one longtime owner. Belgians take genuine delight in their ability to master any task, and owners say a mischievous sense of humor is at work whenever Tervs outsmart their beloved human.
Belgian Tervuren &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Belgian Tervuren are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Belgian Tervuren can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.