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 will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★☆


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Noise Level

★★


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆

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