Belgian Tervuren

Dog Breed Profile
Belgian Tervuren

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• High energy level
• High exercise needs
• Very playful
• VeryAffectionate
• Friendly towards other dogs
• Friendly around other pets
• Shy around strangers
• Difficult to train
• Great watchdogs
• Very protective
• Moderate grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat and cold


The Belgian Tervuren is a beautiful breed, with a coat fawn or mahogany in color, and black overlay. These are courageous dogs, with a high level of devotion and protection to its family.

Because of the temperament and ability to be trained, they are often used as guide dogs for the blind or for therapy. Dependable and alert, they make great companions and do well as pets, competition show dogs, and for their original purpose of herding.

Well suited in families, they enjoy being a member of the household, but require regular exercise, not only for their health, but to keep them from becoming bored and hard to deal with in the home.

  • Best suited to dividing time between outside and inside the home
  • No major health concerns or testing
  • Grooming needs include twice a week brushing or combing, more when shedding.
  • Once trained has a great relationship with family members, young and old, and make great watchdogs
  • They can get along with other family pets but do not take kindly to strange dogs and people they are unfamiliar with
  • The average size of a male is 55 to 65lbs and 24 to 26 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 40 to 50lbs and 22 to 24 inches tall

Care & Health:

Like most herding breeds, the Belgian Tervuren requires regular daily exercise, whether it is a long walk, long play session or a jog beside its owner. Because they are social animals, they enjoy being part of a family, and are extremely fond of herding. They prefer to have access to both inside and outside the home.

Because of their longer coat they require brushing or combing twice a week and more often when they are shedding.

Major Health Concerns:


Minor Health Concerns:

–epilepsy and skin allergies and occasionally CHD (Canine Hip Displasia),

Test for:


Life Span:

– 10 to 12 years

Breed History:

Named after the village Tervuren, this breed began along with another 3 Belgian shepherds, but was not as popular as many people did not find the coat as appealing as the colors of some other Belgian shepherds. This unpopularity caused the breed to disappear by the Great Depression, leaving them to be completely rebred by offspring of the Malinois breed.

In 1959 when the 4 shepherds were divided into 3 breeds, the Tervuren was distinguished on its own. Still not a highly popular dog, the Tervuren has become more widely known, but because it is more of a herding dog, it likely will never reach the popularity of the breeds used for security and protection.

  • Family history is herding and livestock
  • Originally from Belgium
  • Origin in the 1800’s
  • Original purpose was stock herding
  • Today they are used as herding trials, schutzhund, therapy and guide dogs
  • Also known as Tervuren, chien de bergerBelge