News Flash!!!

August 2021
     *Shine (Classic Musicals) finished his OFP agility title and earned a leg toward an XFP title.

July 2021
     *Maizie (Dance litter) finished her RE rally title.
     *Fizz (Soda Pop) finished her NW2 nosework title.
     *Shine (Classic Musicals) earned a leg toward an AXP agility title.

June 2021
     *Finn (Blessings litter) finished his RATCHx6 and CZ8P3S barn hunt titles with high in class.
     *River (Blessings litter) finished her RI rally title.

May 2021
     *Sparkle (Soda Pop) earned a leg toward an OFP agility title and legs toward the SBNE and SIM scent work titles.
     *Cimer (Musical Instruments) earned a leg toward an MFP agility title.
     *Victor (Blessings litter) made both cuts in the Best of Breed lineup at the National specialty and also took second place in the Stud Dog class.
     *Shine (Classic Musicals) finished his OAP and OJP agility titles.

April 2021
     *Finn (Blessing Litter) earned a leg toward an ASCA CD obedience title.
     *Shine (Classic Musicals) earned a leg toward an SIA scent work title.

March 2021
     *Finn (Blessings Litter) earned points toward an FCAT coursing ability title. He also earned legs toward a RATCHX6 barn hunt title with several high in class awards and finished his CZ8P3B title.
     *Victor (Blessings litter) was invited to compete at the AKC National Agility Championship, where he earned Q’s in the premier, JWW and Hybrid classes.
     *Shine (Classic Musicals) earned legs toward a RATCH barn hunt title and finished his CZ8G title.

February 2021
     *Finn (Blessings Litter) finished his NTD and NTD-M trick dog titles through the Do More With Your Dog organization.  He also earned points toward an FCAT coursing ability title.
     *River (Blessings Litter) earned her CGCU good citizen certificate.
     *Shine (Classic Musicals) finished his TDCH trick dog title through the Do More With Your Dog organization and earned a leg toward an OAP agility title.  He also earned points toward a DCAT coursing ability title.

January 2021
     *Finn (Blessings Litter) finished his DCAT coursing ability title.
     *Shine (Classic Musicals) earned a leg toward a CDX obedience title. He also finished his NTD-M, ITD-M, and ATD-M trick dog titles through the Do More With Your Dog organization.

I began in Belgian Tervuren in the early 1970's, when there were only a few in Arizona.

We obtained a female puppy and she became the love of my life and very soon,  I became hooked on obedience training, showing in conformation and the whole dog show atmosphere. I loved the look of the breed and what they had to offer.

As time went on, we acquired more and more dogs and became very interested in this beautiful and versatile breed and met so many wonderful people along the way.

I believe that the Belgian Tervuren has the ability to do  whatever you want them to do. They have an inherent desire to work with their humans; they like to stay busy and also enjoy learning.

As the years have passed, I've noticed some changes in our breed - some exciting and some that concern me. Our breed standard calls for a moderate dog, and many of the more European dogs are showing up with extreme heads that sometimes are quite lovely; however the part that really bothers me the most is the structure and what is lost when you move away from moderate to extreme. I always keep in mind that if the BT cannot herd sheep all day long, then it is not put together properly.

It is of utmost importance to me to keep Form & Function at the forefront of my breeding program, so my goals are to produce healthy Belgian Tervuren who are structurally sound, could do the work they were intended to do if asked, and to have sound temperaments so that they can move around in public places with the confidence of an animal who is aware of his surroundings, but not over vigilant to the extent that they draw attention to themselves.

Jo Fain

Phoenix, AZ