Belgian Tervuren

Breed Summary

Belgian Tervuren is a well-balanced, medium-size dog, elegant in appearance, standing squarely on all fours, with a proud carriage of head and neck. They are strong, agile, well-muscled, and alert. They provide the impression of depth and solidity without bulkiness. Their body is extensive and sloping gradually to the base of the tail. The Belgian Tervuren is an intelligent, alert, and obedient dog. The male has strong musculature and the female should have a feminine look.

Country of Origin: Belgium

AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 106 of 196

AKC Classification: Herding Group

UKC Classification: Herding dog

Exercise Requirements: >40 minutes/day

Height: Female: 22-24 inches; Male: 24-26 inches

Weight: Female: 45-60 lbs; Male: 55-75 lbs.

Physical traits: Well-balanced, Medium-sized, Strong

Coat: Length: Medium

Characteristics: Varies

Colors: Black, Brindle, Fawn & Black, Mahogany & Black, Black & Cream

Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate

Personality traits/Temperament: Courageous, Alert, Intelligent

Energy Level: Very energetic

Tendency to Drool: Low

Tendency to Snore: Low

Tendency to Bark: Moderate

Tendency to Dig: Low

Social/Attention Needs: Moderate

Life Expectancy: 12-14 years


The Belgian Tervuren is a healthy breed. The life expectancy is 12 to 14 years. Some dogs can develop itchy skin conditions where baths with a high-quality dog shampoo and conditioner is recommended. Flea control is also essential. An excellent breeder needs to screen breeding stock for several health conditions like hip dysplasia, a malformation of the hip joint; elbow dysplasia; progressive retinal atrophy, which causes vision loss and blindness; and epilepsy. As with all breeds, a Tervuren’s ears should be checked regularly for the signs of infection and build-up of wax. Their teeth should be brushed regularly to prevent dental diseases.


The Belgian Tervuren needs high-quality dog food to perform their regular activities. This diet can be commercially manufactured or home-prepared with the supervision of a veterinarian. Add a high-quality dog multivitamin to complete the nutritional circle. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Don’t provide human foods that are not safe for them. Consult with your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your dog’s condition.


Belgian Tervurens need socialization and obedience training during their early age. This will expose the puppy to a wide variety of people, places, and situations and help him develop a well-manner behavior. Tervuren is an intelligent and independent dog that may lead them into trouble if they’re not trained to channel their boundless energy into acceptable activities. They are watchful, attentive, and usually in motion when not under command.


This Belgian Tervuren breed is always in motion, seemingly never tiring. This breed needs a lot of exercises every day. Use paw balm daily to protect their feet. They love a lot of hard work and challenging play with his owner. This is not a breed for everyone, and a Terv owner should expect to spend a good amount of active quality time with his canine friend. Tervuren’s are likely to complete the dog agility trials, obedience, showmanship, flyball, Schutzhund, tracking, and herding events.

Interesting Fact

The First Ever AKC Herding Champion Was a Tervuren.


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