Basics of Dog Breed : Belgian Shepherd Tervuren

Posted on September 25 2018

Basics of Dog Breed : Belgian Shepherd Tervuren

The Belgian Shepherd Tervuren is one of four varieties of Belgian Shepherd Dogs, with Malinois, Groenendael and Laekenois. Like the Groenendael, it has a long hair. The Belgian Shepherd Tervueren has a strong frame and musculature. Medioline and harmonious construction, it gives off an impression of power and elegance.

Breed Information:

Other names: Belgian Shepherd Tervuren, Tervurense
Origin:  Belgium
FCI Group: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)
FCI number: 15
Hair type: Long
Shape of the head: Long

Race history

The Belgian Shepherd Tervuren owes its name to its village of origin, Tervuren , currently located in the province of Flemish Brabant in Belgium . It appeared in the 19th century, most likely following a cross between a tawny shepherd dog and a black Grœnendael. The Belgian Shepherd Tervueren was first used for the protection and care of herds , before showing off its skills in many other areas: safety, research, exhibition, etc. The Belgian Shepherd Dog breed, including the Tervueren variety, was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale on 1st January 1956.

Physical characteristics

His hair: long and plentiful around the neck, on the chest, the back of the thighs and the tail. Shorter on the head, the outer side of the ears and the lower limbs. Dense, tight, good texture, lined with a woolly undercoat, all giving the dog a good protection. 
Its color: tawny  charcoal (hairs with black tip shading the base color), or gray charcoal, with imperatively a black mask very pronounced and encompassing the chops and eyelids. 
His head: long, straight, dry, carried high, with the snout slightly longer than the skull. The forehead is flatter than round, the stop is moderate, the truffle is black and the cheeks are dry and flat while being muscular. 
His ears :triangular shaped, ending in pointed, small, tied high, well erect when the dog is attentive or in action. 
His eyes: slightly almond, medium size, brownish (as dark as possible), displaying an expression of intelligence, interest and liveliness. 
His body: writable in a square, having a powerful appearance, but not heavy. The line of the back and the kidney is straight, the tourniquet is accentuated, the back firm and well muscled, the kidney solid and broad, the rump very slightly inclined, the breast well down and the belly slightly raised. 
Its tail: medium length (reaching or exceeding the hock), thick at its attachment, hanging at rest, more raised when the dog is in action.

Weight and size

Weight Cut
Female Between 20 kg and 25 kg Between 56 cm and 62 cm
Male Between 25 kg and 30 kg Between 60 cm and 66 cm

A Belgian Shepherd dog Tervuren is classified as a large dog .

Behavior and character

The Belgian Shepherd Tervuren is the versatile dog par excellence . He is good at keeping cattle , defense, protection , research and work in general. The Belgian Shepherd Tervueren is, in addition, a beautiful show dog with its beautiful dress and natural elegance. Active , vigilant , extremely intelligent , observant and loyal , he possesses all the qualities of the Belgian Sheepdog. At home he is a great companion for the whole family, very attached to his teacher and patient with the children. He is also very comfortable in the agility trials. It's one of the best watchdogs for a house and can be aggressive with intruders.


Naturally focused on action and work , the Belgian Shepherd Tervueren only asks to learn and to please his master . He must educate it in a firm and gentle way, while ensuring to bring him early socialization and quality . He does not like brutality at all, because he is a very sensitive dog.


The Belgian Shepherd Tervueren is a sturdy dog , resistant , tolerating the cold and bad weather thanks to the protection offered by the dress provided. But the breed of Belgian Shepherd Tervueren presents predispositions to certain diseases, including hypothyroidism (thyroid dysfunction affecting the production of hormones), hip dysplasia and epilepsy .

Maintenance & Hygiene


The Belgian Shepherd Tervuren knows 2 moults a year during which he can lose a lot of hair . Outside these periods, hair loss is not important. It does not need to be groomed often , but regular brushing is necessary to maintain the beauty and cleanliness of the dress.


It is recommended to  brush the dog with a rake comb  during moults and with a card outside these periods. The Belgian Shepherd Tervueren should  not be washed too frequently  to avoid altering the protective layer of sebum.

Physical activity

The Belgian Shepherd Tervuren  needs a lot of activity . He is always  demanding exercises  and shows himself particularly to his advantage during agility tests. He will gladly accompany his master during his jogging, for example. It is made for work and action.

Living conditions

The Belgian Shepherd Tervuren  is mainly aimed at active people , able to offer long trips and lots of exercise daily. He can adapt to living in an apartment only under these conditions. It is best to let it evolve freely in a large fenced garden .

Price and budget

Minimum Maximum
Buying price 600 € 1000 €

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