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The first impression of the Belgian Tervuren is that of a well-balanced, medium-size dog, elegant in appearance, standing squarely on all fours, with proud carriage of head and neck. He is strong, agile, well-muscled, alert and full of life. He gives the impression of depth and solidity without bulkiness.
Body rich fawn to russet mahogany with black overlay is ideal and preferred. The coat is characteristically double pigmented whereby the tips of fawn hairs are blackened. Belgian Tervuren characteristically become darker with age. On mature males, this blackening is especially pronounced on the shoulders, back and rib section. The tail typically has a darker or black tip.á Feet - The tips of the toes may be white.
In his relationship with humans he is observant and vigilant with strangers, but not apprehensive. He does not show fear or shyness. He must be approachable, standing his ground and showing confidence to meet overtures without himself making them. With those he knows well, he is most affectionate and friendly, zealous for their attention and very possessive.
The Belgian Tervuren is an old breed, originating in Belgium. They first were registered in the early 1800s, and quickly became popular with early farmers. Their loyalty to their family won the hearts of their owners. Belgian TervurenÆs first came to the United States in 1918, and they quickly became a popular breed among farmers.