Belgian Tervuren Dog Breed Information


Belgian Tervuren Quick Facts
Belgian Tervuren
Breed Group: Herding
Origen: Belgium
Nickname: Chien de Berger Belge
Weight: 60-65 lbs
Height: 22-26 inches
Color(s): Rich fawn to russet mahogany with black overlay (becoming darker with maturity), black mask and ears


Belgian Tervuren Appearance

The Belgian Tervuren is a medium-sized, slender dog, with a smart and inquiring expression. They are often classified as a Belgian Shepherd dog. They are strong, well-balanced, alert, active and full of life. The entire body is solid and muscular without looking bulky, but rather elegant. The chest is deep reaching the elbows. The eyes are dark brown and almond-shaped. The ears are erect, stiff and triangular in shape. The tail is strong at the base with the bone reaching to the hock and is raised with slight curve when he is moving and is held low when at rest. Its movement is lively, graceful and tireless. It has a natural tendency to move in circle rather than straight line.

The Belgian Tervuren has a dense undercoat with an outer coat that is straight with black tips. The texture of the hair is very course and straight and not at all wavy. The most common colors are rich fawn to russet mahogany with black overlay (becoming darker with maturity), black mask and ears. The weight of the Belgian Tervuren is around 60-65 pounds and the height is around 22-26 inches.

Belgian Tervuren Temperament

The Belgian Tervuren is alert, watchful, and energetic. He is active, smart, loyal companion, obedient and very independent. They are determined and observant with strong protective and territorial instincts, for that reason it should be trained and socialized very well from an early age to avoid misbehaviors. The Belgian Tervuren is good and protective with children although they may try to herd them. He is a very gentle dog with his family members and people he knows well, but more guarded with strangers. They can be rather dominant toward other dogs but are generally fine with cats and other house pets if they are properly socialized.

Is Belgian Tervuren the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Belgian Tervuren will do okay in an apartment if enough exercise is provided but will do best as a house dog with access to at least an average-sized yard. This is an active and energetic breed that needs a good workout everyday. His need could be met on a long walk on leash, a vigorous game or a run in a safe area. The Belgian Tervuren could live outside in temperate climates as long as they have access to house to spend some time inside with the family. The Belgian Tervuren is high energetic breed, with a high mental capacity, and is quick to comprehend. They are happiest when they are working with the owner and had a job to do, specially herding.

Belgian Tervuren Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Belgian Tervuren is around 10-12 years.

Belgian Tervuren Health problems

The Belgian Tervuren is a relatively healthy breed. The major concern associate with them is Epilepsy. They could also be prone to cardiac problems, hypothyroidism, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia and skin allergies. As with all breeds the Belgian Tervuren will need regular vaccinations, worming, flea and tick treatment to keep him healthy.

Belgian Tervuren Care and Grooming

The coat of the Belgian Tervuren requires a regular grooming. Its double coat needs brushing and combing twice a week, more often when shedding. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. Over bathing or frequent bathing your dog will strip the oils from the coat and may cause severe skin irritations and possible allergy type reactions. You should take great care to ensure that you do not over feed your Belgian Tervuren as they have the tendency to get obese and lazy.

Belgian Tervuren Shedding

The Belgian Tervuren is a heavy shedder; you'll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home, therefore is not best suited for those with allergies.