Belgian Shepherd Tervueren

Other names: Belgian Shepherd Tervueren, Tervurense

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The Belgian Shepherd Tervueren is one of the 4 varieties of Belgian Shepherd Dogs, along with the Malinois, the Groenendael and the Laekenois. Like the Groenendael, it has a long coat. The Belgian Shepherd Tervueren has strong bones and muscles. Of medium-line and harmonious construction, it gives off an impression of power and elegance. He is very attached to his master and will not hesitate to protect him as well as to give his life. Her education is simple and her maintenance, despite her long dress, is not very difficult either. He needs physical exercise and cannot be inactive for too long.



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Hair type Long
Origin Belgium
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 20 kg to 25 kg From 56 cm to 62 cm
Male From 25 kg to 30 kg From 60 cm to 66 cm
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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.

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Physical features

His 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: fawn   charcoal (hairs with a black end shading the base color), or even charcoal gray, with imperatively a very pronounced black mask and encompassing the lips and 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 high, well erected when the dog is attentive or in action.
His eyes: slightly almond-shaped, medium in size, brownish in color (as dark as possible), displaying an expression of intelligence, interest and liveliness.
His 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 and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Belgian Shepherd Tervueren is the versatile dog par excellence . He is at the same time gifted for herding , defense , protection , research and work in general. The Belgian Shepherd Tervueren is, moreover, a magnificent show dog thanks to his superb coat and his natural elegance. Active , vigilant , extremely intelligent , observant and loyal , he has all the qualities of the Belgian Shepherd Dog. At home, he is an excellent companion for the whole family , very attached to his master and patient with the children.

He is 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.

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

His master will have to show kindness to gain the trust of a canine who is not difficult to educate . You just need to have a little patience. The extreme intelligence of this dog is a tremendous asset. He will seek to please his master on the condition that he understands the exercises and finds an interest in them. Orders should not be repetitive so as not to tire him. He can be tempted to test the limits of his master because he is sometimes stubborn , in any case more than his cousins.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Belgian Shepherd Tervueren is aimed mainly at active people , able to offer him long outings and a lot of exercise on a daily basis. He can only adapt to living in an apartment under these conditions. It is best to let it roam freely in a large fenced garden . insi, 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.


Ease of gaining weight

The Belgian Shepherd Tervueren is a robust , resistant 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 (thyroid malfunction affecting hormone production), hip dysplasia and epilepsy .

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 6 and 10 puppies

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets advises you to take out insurance for Belgian Shepherd Tervueren dogs .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 12 years

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

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Belgian Shepherd Tervueren knows 2 moults per year during which he can lose a lot of hair . Outside of these periods, hair loss is not significant. He does not need to be groomed often , but regular brushing is necessary to maintain the beauty and cleanliness of his 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 should be given special attention to his ears and eyes to avoid unwanted infections appearing.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 600
1000 €

The purchase price of a Belgian Shepherd Tervueren is between 600 € and 1000 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 1300
€ 1350

The annual maintenance cost of a Belgian Shepherd Tervueren is between 1300 € and 1350 €.

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As long as his food is rich in quality proteins, the diet is perfect for this dog who tends to be very active. It may be prone to distortion of the stomach. In fact, it is advisable to give it 2 rations per day, one lighter in the morning and the other more generous in the evening. His diet must be based on high quality kibble that meets his needs. They are easily found in pet stores or specialty stores.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

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


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)

Recognized by FCI

Since 1956


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