Belgian Shepherd Tervueren: Dog Breed Profile

Belgian Shepherd Tervueren

The Belgian Shepherd Tervueren is one of the 4 varieties of Belgian Shepherd Dogs, with the  Malinois , the Groenendael, and the Laekenois. Like the Groenendael, it has a long coat.

The Belgian Shepherd Tervueren has strong bones and musculature. Of medium-line and harmonious construction, it gives off an impression of power and elegance.

It’s very attached to his master and will not hesitate to protect It as well as to give Its life.

Its education is simple and her maintenance, despite her long dress, is not very difficult either.

It needs physical exercise and cannot be inactive for too long.

History of the breed

The Belgian Shepherd Tervueren owes its name to its village of origin, Tervueren, currently located in the province of Flemish Brabant in Belgium.

It appeared in the 19th century, most likely as a result of a cross between a fawn-colored sheepdog and a black Grœnendael.

The Belgian Shepherd Tervueren was first used for the protection and guarding of herds, before showing off his skills in many other areas: security, research, exhibition, etc.

The Belgian Shepherd Dog breed, including the Tervueren variety, was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale on January 1, 1956.

Physical features

  • Its hair: long and abundant around the neck, on the chest, the back of the thighs, and the tail. Shorter on the head, the outer surface of the ears, and the lower part of the limbs. Dense, tight, of good texture, lined with a woolly undercoat, the whole giving the dog good protection.
  • Its color:  charred fawn (hairs with a black end shading the base color), even charred gray, with imperatively a very pronounced black mask and including the lips and the eyelids.
  • Its head: long, straight, lean, carried high, with the muzzle very slightly longer than the skull. The forehead is flatter than round, the stop is moderate, the nose is black and the cheeks are dry and very flat while being muscular.
  • Its ears: triangular in shape, ending in points, small in size, set on high, well erected when the dog is attentive or in action.
  • Its eyes: slightly almond-shaped, medium in size, brownish in color (as dark as possible), displaying an expression of intelligence, interest, and liveliness.
  • Its body: writable in a square, having a powerful aspect, but not heavy. The line of the back and the kidney is straight, the withers are accentuated, the back firm and well-muscled, the loins solid and broad, the croup very slightly inclined, the chest well let down and the belly slightly raised.
  • Its tail: of medium length (reaching or exceeding the hock), thick at its attachment, hanging at rest, more raised when the dog is in action.

Behavior With Others

The Belgian Shepherd Tervueren is the versatile dog par excellence. It’s gifted at the same time for herdingdefenseprotectionresearch, and work in general.

The Belgian Shepherd Tervueren is, moreover, a magnificent show dog thanks to Its superb coat and Its natural elegance. Activevigilantextremely intelligentobservant, and loyal, It has all the qualities of the Belgian Shepherd Dog.

At home, It’s an excellent companion for the whole family, very attached to Its master and patient with the children.

It’s also very comfortable in agility events. They are one of the best guard dogs for a house and they can be aggressive with intruders.

The Tervueren is perhaps more in demand of cuddles and cuddles than its fellow Belgian Shepherds. Indeed, he can also be possessive.


Naturally focused on action and work, the Belgian Shepherd Tervueren asks only to learn and to please Its master. The master must educate It in a way that is both firm and gentle while taking care to provide It with early and quality socialization. It doesn’t like brutality at all, because It’s a very sensitive dog.

Its owner will have to show kindness to gain the confidence of a canine who is not difficult to educate.

It just takes a little patience. The extreme intelligence of this dog is a tremendous asset. It will try to please Its master on condition that It understands the exercises and finds an interest in them.

Orders should not be repetitive to not tire It. It can be tempted to test the limits of Its master because It’s sometimes stubborn.

Living Conditions

The Belgian Shepherd Tervueren is aimed mainly at active people, able to offer It long outings and a lot of daily exercise. It can only adapt to living in an apartment under these conditions.

It is best to let it roam freely in a large fenced garden. A  house with a garden is the best compromise, even if life in an apartment is fine. The important thing is that it benefits from fairly long or frequent daily outings.

Health & Maintenance

The Belgian Shepherd Tervueren is a robustresistant dog, tolerating cold and bad weather quite well thanks to the protection offered by its provided coat. But the Belgian Shepherd Tervueren breed has a predisposition to certain diseases, including hypothyroidism (a malfunction of the thyroid that affects the production of hormones), hip dysplasia, and epilepsy.

The life expectancy of a Belgian Shepherd Tervueren is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.

The Belgian Shepherd Tervueren knows 2 moults per year during which It can lose a lot of hair. Outside of these periods, hair loss is not significant. It doesn’t need to be groomed often, but regular brushing is necessary to maintain the beauty and cleanliness of Its coat.

It is recommended to brush the dog with a rake comb during molts and with a card outside of these periods. The Belgian Shepherd Tervueren should not be washed too frequently so as not to alter its protective layer of sebum. The Tervueren must be given special attention to Its ears and eyes to avoid unwanted infections.

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About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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