Belgian Tervuren

Herding Group

Belgian Tervuren ( 6, 3 and 2 years old) in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 22-24 in, Males 24-26 in

Weight

Females 45-60 lbs, Males 55-75 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-14 yrs

History

The Belgian Tervuren gets its name from the village of Tervuren in Belgium where it originated in the 1800's. Belgian farmers sought a versatile herding and guarding breed that would also be an affectionate and protective companion. A breeder named M. F. Corbeel developed the perfect breed for the job by mating Tom and Poes, two fawn-colored dogs that were the foundation of the Belgian Tervuren. The Tervuren is one of four AKC-registered shepherd breeds from Belgium.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Belgian Tervuren share the exact same personality and temperament, there are certain generalizations that can be made about the breed. In addition to genetics, a dog’s environment, training, socialization, and many other factors all contribute to their personality and behavior.

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

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Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

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Intelligence

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Affection Towards Family

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Friendliness Towards Strangers

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Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

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Exercise Needs

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Energy Level


Sensitivity

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Noise Level

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Prey Drive

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Shedding

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Common Traits

Alert, brave, and protective

Intelligent and play-oriented, responding best to fun training

Shed year-round

Chasers that will go after anything that moves, including cars, bicycles, and joggers

Prone to separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time