Belgian Tervuren Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Tervuren, Chien de Berger Belge
  • Size:Large
  • Ease of Training:High
  • Grooming:High
  • Shedding:High
  • Exercise Needed:A walk and lots of running daily
  • Energy Level:Medium/High
  • Protection:Low
  • Good with Children:Yes, with older, more considerate children
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF
  • Weight:60-65 lbs
  • Height:Male: 24-26, Female: 22-24 inches
  • Coat Colour:rich fawn to russet mahogany with black overlay (becoming darker with maturity), black mask and ears

Belgian Tervuren Coat

The Belgian Tervuren has a double coat that makes them adaptable to extreme climate or temperature. The outer coat consists of long guard hair that is close fitting, abundant, and straight. It is of medium harshness. The under coat is soft and dense. The hair is profuse around the neck, tail, and backs of legs. The Belgian Tervuren's coat is generally a base color ranging from fawn to mahogany, while the guard hairs are tipped in black. This breed darkens as it gets older. They are constant light shedders. Females will shed heavily twice a year, while males shed heavily once a year.

Belgian Tervuren Character

Elegant in appearance, the Belgian Tervuren is well balanced and is of medium size. They are agile, alert, strong, and possess an inquisitive expression. This breed is graceful and lively in movement, and is capable of working in harsh weather or rough terrain. There are very few breeds that are more physically striking in appearance than the Belgian Tervuren.

Belgian Tervuren Temperament

Belgian Tervurens are exceedingly loyal and deeply devoted. They thrive on human companionship and need to be an integral part of the family. They must be given loving attention for if they are ignored they will become destructive. The Belgian Tervuren has strong protective and territorial instincts, and is watchful, serious, and smart. They may also be sensitive and shy. They are good with older considerate well-behaved children. Caution and care must be taken when introducing this breed to non-canine pets. They may attempt to dominate other dogs. The Belgian Tervuren generally forms a close attachment with one or two family members. This is a very impressive breed that requires an experienced owner.

Belgian Tervuren Care

The Belgian Tervuren requires daily brushing and combing to prevent tangles and mats. Bathing should be done once a month using a mild shampoo. They can be dry shampooed as necessary. Belgian Tervurens are prone to epilepsy, hip and elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, aggressiveness, and shyness.

Belgian Tervuren Activity

The Belgian Tervuren thrives on vigorous activity. They enjoy agility and play sessions with their family. They are not well suited for sedentary owners or apartment dwelling. Belgian Tervurens prefer a country setting with room to roam, or a home with a large securely fenced yard. They make terrific jogging and hiking companions as well as enthusiastic and trustworthy workers.

Belgian Tervuren Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Belgian Tervuren is 12-14 years. There are various health problems and issues that are associated with this breed, and this includes elbow dysplasia and HD, thyroid problems, cataracts, and epilepsy. You should ensure that the parents of your Belgian Tervuren puppy have OFA and CERF certificates.