The club was formed in 1960 shortly after the AKC gave the Belgian Tervuren separate breed status from the Belgian Sheepdog. There were only 12 charter members.
Since that modest beginning, the club has grown to a membership of over 1,000 persons. Its name is the American Belgian Tervuren Club, Inc. (ABTC), and it has been granted formal recognition by the AKC as the parent club of the breed.
Today the breed is still relatively rare in the United States, but it is well-established. Tervuren may be found in the rings of many all-breed conformation shows, as well as obedience, tracking, agility and herding trials. Area clubs sponsor regional specialty shows, and the ABTC sponsors an annual national specialty show, which typically draws hundreds of entrants.
At the heart of these events, and behind the success of the Tervuren, are the breed fanciers. These dedicated folk own show dogs, obedience dogs, family dogs, and working dogs (sometimes these are combined in a single dog). They love the breed for its beauty, its versatility, and its excellence in all the areas of dog show competition.
This rare combination of virtues is the inspiration for the ABTC's motto:A well-balanced Tervuren has a CH (Championship) on one end and a UDT (Utility Dog Tracker) on the other.
There are three levels of Membership:
1. Associate Membership: Associate membership is open to all persons who are in good standing with the American Kennel Club and who subscribe to the purpose of the American Belgian Tervuren Club. As an Associate member, you shall have all the privileges of Regular members except that you may not hold office, chair a committee, vote, or sponsor an applicant for membership. After completion of a one-year Associate membership, you may apply for a Regular membership.
2. Regular Membership: After completion of your one-year Associate membership, you are eligible to apply for a Regular Membership. With a Regular membership, you will have the privileges enjoyed as an Associate member as well as being eligible to hold office, chair a committee, vote, and endorse an applicant for membership.
3. Junior Membership: Junior membership is open to all persons under 18 years of age who are in good standing with the American Kennel Club and who subscribe to the purpose of the American Belgian Tervuren Club. As a Junior member, you will have all the privileges of Regular members except that you many not hold office, chair a committee, vote, or sponsor an applicant for membership. At age 18, your membership will automatically convert to an Associate Membership the next full Club year.
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