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Belgian Tervuren: Breed Personality, Fitness & Care

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About Belgian Tervuren

Country of Origin, History of Belgian Tervurens

Belgium is the country of origin of the Belgian Tervuren. The name of the breed comes from the Belgian village of Tervuren. The founder of the Tervuren breed was Brewer M. Corbeel a resident of Tervuren. It was his fawn dog that was bred with a black longhaired dog of M. Donhieux to give rise to the dog that became the prototype for the Tervuren standard.

Since 1959 the Tervuren has been recognized as a breed distinct from Groenendael and Malinois (the other Belgian Sheepdogs). Its popularity as a companion dog is rising though its similarity in appearance to the German Shepherd Dog has hindered its prospects of being regarded as a top-ranking dog.

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Description of the Breed

The Belgian Tervuren like other Belgian Sheepdogs is a medium sized and square proportioned dog.

The dog’s hindquarters are muscular but not look very heavy. Its fore legs are straight and parallel to each other and have round cat-feet. The dewclaws ought to be removed from the back legs and may also be removed from the front legs. The skull is flat and is parallel to the plane of the tapering muzzle. The dog is black-nosed and has tight lips. The lips enclose teeth that meet in a scissors bite.


It has got a characteristic thick double coat that has a mahogany color with varying degrees of black overlay, including a black mask. There may be a small patch of white on the chest and white tips on toes. Sable or gray colored Tervuren may also be available.


Dogs have heights ranging between 24'' and 26''
Bitches have heights ranging between 22'' and 24''


Dogs weigh 65-75 pounds
Bitches weigh 60-70 pounds.

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Belgian Tervuren Personality Traits

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The Spanish Water Dog is an extremely intelligent, fearless, ever-active, strong, attentive, happy and well balanced versatile working dog with strong herding, hunting and guardian instincts. It is a devoted companion. It is reserved, not shy, with strangers. They can be protective and territorial.

Are they suited to families with kids?

Most of them are good with children and other animals if properly socialized.


The thick double coat of the dog that is constantly shed throughout the year requires considerable grooming. The coat is shed lightly throughout the year in all dogs and males shed heavily once a year while females shed heavily twice a year. A good thorough brushing of the coat once or twice a week is a must apart from a daily combing/brushing ritual. The mats that form especially in the ruff and on the legs are to be clipped out. Similarly hairs that form between the toes and on the outer ears are also to be clipped occasionally.

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Health and Care

By and large this is a healthy and hardy breed. There are no major health concerns associated with the breed. However, there are some minor health problems of the breed that have been observed- epilepsy, skin allergies, eye problems. Hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia are also occasionally seen. Some dogs show excessive shyness and some show excessive aggressiveness. This can be considered as a health problem too. The dog also has a tendency to become lazy and obese. So, it should not be overfed.

Life Expectancy: 12-14 years.

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Group: Herding Group

AKC Popularity Ranking: 106

Also Known As: Chien de Berger Belge, Tervuren, Belgian Shepherd Dog (Tervuren).

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