Belgian Tervuren

Other names

Belgian Shepherd Dog

Life expectancy

12 years

Age adult

24 months

Height (Shoulder height)

60 cm


30 kg

Coat texture

long-haired / smooth / undercoat / flat / short straight hair on the face / ears feathered / tail feathered / trouser like

Coat color

grey-black clouded, falb color-black clouded, black, reddish brown, mahogany & black, with mask

Common illnesses

dysplasia of the hip joint / elbow dysplasia / idiopathic epilepsy

Food expenses per month in €

about € 68

Suitable for children

Rather not

Needs a garden

Rather not

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather yes

First dog suitable

Rather not

Allergy friendly

Rather not


Very atletic


Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Low grooming effort

Eager to learn



Needs a lot of exercise


active / intelligent / likes learning / loyal / nervous / likes to work

Bred for

assistant in water (catch fish, cast out and take in of fishnets; diving and retreiving objects), save shipwrecked people, work or hunt in water / watchdog

Common illnesses

dysplasia of the hip joint / elbow dysplasia / idiopathic epilepsy

Dog type according to FCI

sheepdogs and cattledogs (exept swiss cattledogs)

FCI description

Shepherd dogs have the task to defend their herd from bear and wolf attacks. They are usually suspicious of strangers. Especially at dusk, when people go to rest, their instincts of defense and guarding become active. They are often insecure outside their territory. These animals need a task as working dogs. Shepherd dogs are not dependent on humans, because they must react independently and quickly to danger.

Cattledogs drive the cattle of the traders with a lot of barking, sometimes over long distances, to the market. They protect it from thieves and make sure that none escapes. These powerful, robust dogs have great assertiveness, because in certain situations they have to decide for themselves what to do.

Shepherd dogs emerged as agriculture grew and wolves were largely extinct. No longer protecting the independent, but keeping and driving the herd animals together without much barking became their tasks. They work together with the shepherd, have to react to his instructions as quick as lightning, but are also able to make their own decisions. They are fast, intelligent, agile, persevering and want to work.

Undemanded dogs in this group tend to have behavioural problems. Their instinct to keep the herd together is innate. For example, it happens that fast-moving children are tweaked into change. They need a clear, loving education, a task or a substitute task and are to be inspired for sporty activities.

Also, these animals must learn to come to rest. The active part is no problem for them, but if they are overstrained and do not come to rest, this can also lead to behavior problems.

Short description

The Belgian Tervuren belongs to the Belgian Shepherds and is more delicate and sensitive than the German Shepherd, although they were bred for the same purposes. Nowadays, they are used in many different domains, like their German relatives. The long-haired Belgians are athletic and loving family-dogs. A well socialized Tervuere from reliable breeders is a wonderful family-dog, that accompanies his owners through thick and thin and is moreover, a good guard dog. If his training is not species-appropriate he can turn out to be very stubborn and unpredictable.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.