Belgian Tervuren is a medium-sized dog breed that was used for herding livestock in Tervuren, Belgium. It is a very elegant and agile dog breed with a loyal, protective, and energetic temperament. This breed is only suitable for an active family that is involved in regular physical activities.

Belgian Tervuren can give birth to 6-7 puppies at a time which should be taken good care of. You will learn about the development stages of the puppies and their behavior in different months.


The newborn Belgian Tervuren is completely blind, deaf, and toothless. They fully rely on their mother for all their activities from defecating to body warmth. Keep a warm blanket for the mother and puppies so they do not get cold and die of hypothermia. The puppies are not able to produce their own body heat, so do not separate them from their mother.

The mother takes care of the puppies and provides them with everything they need. Leave the puppies with their mother for a few weeks and do not touch them with your bare hand often.

Neonatal Stage (0-2 Weeks)

The time where the puppies are at the most vulnerable stage is known as the neonatal stage. They cannot pee or defecate on their own so the mother licks their belly which stimulates them to defecate and pee. The puppies should only have the mother’s milk as it is rich in antibodies that protects them from any kind of serious health problem.

Newborn Belgian Tervuren puppy
Newborn Belgian Tervuren puppy.
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The Belgian Tervuren puppies should get enough sleep at this stage which is around 90% of the time. This way they have the proper development and growth of their mind and body. A few crawling provides them with enough exercise to form muscles.

Transitional Stage (2-4 Weeks)

The stage where the puppies get to see the new world is called the transitional stage. At this stage, their eyes and ears begin to open and they get familiar with the canine world. The eyes open when they are around 12 days old but they still have a vivid vision and the ears open around 18 days.

They start forming their own vocabulary by the time they reach 4 weeks and communicate with their littermates by yelping and whining. The puppies also start taking few steps and sampling food from their mother’s plate.

Socialization Stage (4-16 Weeks)

The stage where the puppies should be taken out for socializing with other human beings and canines is called the socialization stage. Leash train them before taking them out and as they get comfortable walking on the leash, slowly expose them to the outside world. Introduce them to different people and canines in the park. This way they do not become timid or aggressive when they are grown-ups.

Belgian Tervuren puppy on the field
Belgian Tervuren puppy on the field.
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It is also a time for vaccination against many diseases like distemper, DDHP, adenovirus, rabies, and medication for heartworm. Start basic obedience training at this age when they are eager to please their owner.

Juvenile Stage (3-6 Months)

At the juvenile stage, the puppy face that the Belgian Tervuren has, changes to more like an adult. They are very active and new behavior starts to develop at this age. They start teething and chewing anything they see. So, it is important if you provide them with a dog’s toy, so they do not chew on necessary things from the house. Continue their training and move to pre-agility.

Adolescence Stage (6-12 Months)

Cute Belgian Tervuren puppy
Cute Belgian Tervuren puppy.
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The stage where the Belgian Tervuren puppies have fully grown and are now an adult is called the adolescence stage. They and both physically and sexually mature. However, they should not be involved in mating and breeding because they are not fully mature and it might be bad for their health.

Switch their puppy food to good-quality adult dog food with complete balanced nutrition. Involve them in advance training for their physical and mental stimulation.

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