Tervoodle

45-50 lbs
22-24"
Unknown
Belgian Tervuren
Poodle
The Tervoodle is a hybrid dog. His parent breeds are the Belgian Tervuren and the Poodle.He is a highly intelligent dog. Always alert, he makes a great watchdog. He is easy to train, and he consistently watches his human for signals or commands. He is also highly active, so he is happiest with a family who will involve him in their lifestyle. He will need a moderate amount of maintenance including daily brushing. He will be a large dog; at maturity, he will weigh roughly sixty pounds. Typically a working dog, you may see the Tervoodle participating in police work or as a therapy dog.
Purpose
Companionship, Watchdog, Therapy Dog
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Belgian Tervuren, Poodle

Tervoodle Health

Average Size
Male Tervoodle size stats
Height: 24-26 inches Weight: 55-60 lbs
Female Tervoodle size stats
Height: 22-24 inches Weight: 45-50 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Addison's Disease
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Cushing's Disease
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Hypothyroidism
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Blood Tests
  • Full Body Physical Examination especially of the joints
  • DNA for VWD

Tervoodle Breed History

The Tervoodle is a fairly rare hybrid breed. In order to learn more about his origins, we must study the history of his parent breeds. The Belgian Tervuren hails from Europe; it is believed the breed was developed during the late 1800s. He is one of four shepherd-type dogs developed in the area at the time. The first standard for the Belgian Tervuren was written in 1892 by a Professor Reul. The Tervuren was given his name due to the Belgian village from which experts believe they originate. In Tervuren, breeder M.F. Corbeel raised the foundation dogs for the breed, Tom and Poes. The Tervuren made the transition from sheep herding dog to guard dog, and he has done a great deal of police work as well. During World War I, the Tervuren became a military dog. He served by carrying messages, as ambulance cart dogs, and as Red Cross dogs.  At the conclusion of WWI, some Belgian Tervuren had been imported to the United States, but those died out. In 1953, several Tervuren were imported for breeding purposes. The first Turvuren was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1959. Although many believe the Poodle originated in France, the breed is actually German. However, he became very popular in France and was further developed into the modern Poodle there. It is believed that he was bred to hunt waterfowl, and that several European water dogs were interbred to create the Poodle we know today. It is also possible that the Barbet, now extinct, was also part of the bloodline. The Poodle is a very old breed of dog; his likeness has been found on Roman artifacts and in the tombs of the Egyptians as well. The Standard Poodle was used for duck hunting. Highly intelligent and easily trained, the Poodle also became a main attraction for travelling circuses. At this time, their owners began clipping the curly coat of the Poodle into fanciful shapes, a tradition we still see show Poodles continue today. Some owners even dyed the hair of their Poodles to imitate the circus Poodles they had observed. While it is not know exactly how the Poodle came to America, we do know that the first Poodle was registered with the American Kennel Club in 1886. For many years, the Poodle was rare in America, but, after World War II, the Poodle became immensely popular. 

Tervoodle Breed Appearance

The Tervoodle is a large dog. He will be roughly two feet in height (at the shoulder), and he may weigh up to sixty pounds at maturity. His coat is a double coat, and the undercoat is dense and woolly. The outer coat will be long and straight. His exact coloring is dependent upon the dominant parent breed. Generally, however, the Tervoodle will be fawn, mahogany, red, or gray. This "base" coat color will often be accompanied by a black overlay, almost like a saddle. The Tervoodle will often have erect ears, and average snout, and brown eyes. He may have a black muzzle as well. He may appear to be lean, but he is very muscular under the long topcoat. His tail is long and slightly curved at the tip. His tail may also have this black overlay effect as well. The hair on his tail will be of medium length. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Tervoodle eyes
Brown
amber Tervoodle eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Tervoodle nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Tervoodle coat
Fawn
brown Tervoodle coat
Brown
black Tervoodle coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Tervoodle straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Tervoodle Breed Maintenance

The Tervoodle will need a moderate amount of maintenance. In fact, you will need to ensure that his woolly undercoat is properly brushed through several times a week so that matting does not occur. Bathe him when necessary. Choose an all-natural shampoo that will not irritate his skin. Brush his teeth every two or three days if you wish to prevent bad breath and the build-up of tartar. However, to prevent tooth decay, brush his teeth daily. Trim his nails every two weeks unless he naturally wears them down. While the Tervoodle is a large dog, he is meant to live indoors. Also, because the Tervuren parent breed is known to be sensitive to touch, it is a good idea to begin a grooming regimen when he is small so that he becomes accustomed to the routine.
Brushes for Tervoodle
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Tervoodle requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Tervoodle Temperament

The Tervoodle is a sweet dog; however, he may somewhat aloof around strangers. He will need to check them out for himself before making friends. This trait makes him a great watchdog, however. He will alert you to anything amiss in his territory and his size and his resemblance to some police dogs may intimidate would-be intruders. He is highly intelligent, and he is easy to train. However, he has an independent streak, which can also hamper training. Always use positive reinforcement - praise and treats - to reward good behavior. You will need to be firm at all times; any wavering in discipline will be perceived as a weakness, and the Tervoodle may have a tendency to become the "Alpha" of the relationships if he believes his handler is not worthy of being followed. Overall, the Tervoodle is good with all members of the family. He will need early socialization in order to know how to get along with other dogs. Obedience classes are also a good idea for the Tervoodle. He might not be the best dog for novice owners as well. However, he enjoys being a part of an active family of dog lovers.

Tervoodle Activity Requirements

The Tervoodle is a highly active dog. Again, he is meant to live indoors with his family, but he needs a great deal of time outside working off the high energy he is bound to have. He will enjoy walks through the neighborhood with you, but he will also hike right alongside you through the outdoors. He will also enjoy accompanying you on biking excursions. He will enjoy a fenced-in area for play time; however, keep in mind that he can scale a shorter fence. A fence at least six feet in height is necessary for the Tervoodle. He may also be prone to digging if he becomes bored, so make sure the fence posts are anchored far enough in the ground that he cannot dig out. He will also enjoy trips to the dog park, but only take him off his leash once you are confident he will not run off and refuse to return. Also, provide him with toys that stimulate physical activity as well as mental activity.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Tervoodle Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Tervoodle Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Tervoodle size stats at six months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 27 lbs
Female Tervoodle size stats at six months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 17 lbs
12 Months
Male Tervoodle size stats at 12 months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Female Tervoodle size stats at 12 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 32 lbs
18 Months
Male Tervoodle size stats at 18 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 52 lbs
Female Tervoodle size stats at 18 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 40 lbs

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