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.
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.