Belgian Tervuren


A medium to large sized Belgian Tervuren
Belgian Tervuren Quick Summary
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Height (at withers)22-26in (56-66cm)
Weight60-75lbs (27-34kg)
Hair Colour(s)Mahogany
Lifespan10-12 years
Energy LevelMedium
Litter size6-10
Barking TendencyMedium
Exercise requirementsHigh
Ease of trainingHigh
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityMedium
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if leftMedium

The Belgian Tervuren is an agile and alert dog. A Belgian Sheepdog, it is called the Tervuren to differentiate it from the other three Belgian Sheepdog varieties called the Groenendael, the Malinois and the Laekenois, to which it is very similar apart from the coat. The body is well muscled with a deep but not broad chest, well-sprung ribs, a level topline, strong and straight legs and a long, feathered tail. The head has a pointed muzzle, a black nose, upright triangular ears and small dark brown eyes. The double coat consists of a dense undercoat and a long, straight outercoat, and the colouring tends to be light mahogany, occasionally with grey flecks.


Belgian Tervurens are alert, graceful and obedient dogs. With high energy and an appetite for play, they are also affectionate and make devoted companions and family dogs when adequately exercised. Early socialisation and consistent training is recommended, and these sociable dogs do not like being left alone for long periods of time, which can lead to boredom and destructive behaviour such as diugging or chewing. They are very intelligent and determined, learn quickly and are generally obedient which can make training easy, but as they can have dominant and stubborn streaks and are also quite sensitive, they are best suited to those with some experience of dog ownership and training. Belgian Tervurens get along well with older, more considerate children they have been raised with, but may try tO herd them at times by nipping at their heels. They will need proper socialisation with other household pets and may tend to chase smaller animals and cats. As they have generous protective streaks they tend to be reserved and rather wary around strangers, and so make pretty good watchdogs.

History & Skills

Belgian Tervurens originate from Belgium, where they were originally bred in the late nineteenth century for herding sheep. One of the four Belgian Sheepdog varieties (the others being Groenendaels, Malinoises and Laekenoises), they were named after Tervuren, the Belgian village in which they were developed. In addition to herding, they have become useful to the police for drug detection, and also for gas and bomb detection and in search and rescue operations.

Breed Specific Ailments

Belgian Tervurens tend to live between 10-12 years and are considered to be quite a healthy breed. Some of the health problems that have been noted includes hip dysplasia, epilepsy, and skin allergies.


Belgian Tervurens are heavy shedders that also shed even more heavily on a seasonal basis, and so are probably unsuitable for those suffering with allergies. Their grooming requirements are not overly high, and the coat will need brushing twice a week, and more so during periods of heavier shedding, and the hair between the outer ears and toes, plus areas that tend to matt easily such as the ruff and legs, will need occasional trimming. It is important to clean and check the teeth regularly to avoid possible dental problems.

Exercise & Environment

Belgian Tervurens tend to live indoors and can even be suitable for small homes such as apartments, although they can also live outdoors in moderate conditions. They prefer cooler climates and will need time outdoors and plenty of exercise, which can be provided by having access to a secure yard or garden plus a long daily walk or jog.


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