Belgian Tervuren

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Belgian Tervuren History

The Belgian Tervuren is a working and herding dog, and a member of the Herding Group. The Belgian Tervuren is a medium-sized, square, well-balanced, ruggedly built, and agile terrier, with a harsh, wiry, weather-resistant double coat. The roots of the Tervuren descend from two types of dogs, the Briard (French: ) and the Berger Picard (French: ). The origin of its name comes from two places, one in Belgium and the other in Flanders, Belgium. The Belgian Tervuren was originally used to hunt foxes using packs of hounds. The popularity of fox-hunting began to dwindle in the 1800s, and the Belgian farmers began to use the dogs to herd sheep, cattle, and chickens. The breed was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1966.

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Belgian Tervuren Physical Characteristics

The Belgian Tervuren is a medium-sized, active, and athletic breed. They stand between 19 and 22 inches at the shoulders and weigh between 50 and 70 pounds. They have an athletic, muscular build with a short, close, and smooth coat of any color. Their long head, rectangular muzzle, and almond-shaped eyes give them a distinctive look. They are a very intelligent, courageous, and alert breed.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 24 – 26 inches

Female Height Range: 22 – 24 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 55 – 75 lbs

Female Weight Range: 40 – 60 lbs

Belgian Tervuren Health

Description of breed health.


10-12 yrs

Belgian Tervuren Health Concerns

Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Hip Dysplasia, Bloat, Thyroid, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Degenerative Myelopathy, Elbow Dysplasia, Sebaceous Adenitis, Skin Allergies, Dental Disease, Osteochondritis Dissecans

Belgian Tervuren Temperament and Behaviour

The Belgian Tervuren is an alert, confident, and intelligent dog that makes a great companion and watchdog. They are obedient and eager to please, but are also independent thinkers. They are relatively calm, but can make a great guard dog.

Belgian Tervuren Activity Requirements

The Belgian Tervuren is a highly intelligent dog that was developed to be a versatile working dog. They are strong, confident, and eager to please. While the Belgian Tervuren can run, they are more suited for activities such as obedience and herding. If you are looking for a jogging partner, this may not be the breed for you. They do, however, require a great deal of exercise and mental stimulation. While the Belgian Tervuren can excel at a variety of sports, they generally prefer activities that keep them close to their family. If you are looking for a running partner, you may want to try a different breed.

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Daily Food

2.5 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Belgian Tervuren is part of the Herding group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Belgian Tervuren is part of the Pastoral group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Belgian Tervuren is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Belgian Tervuren is part of the Unclassified group.

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