The Belgian Tervuren is a herding and guard dog
which is one of the four Belgian shepherd breeds
- Malinois, Laekenois and Groenendael. The Belgian
Tervuren is also known as Chien de Berger Beige
in its homeland of Belgium
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It is believed the name of this breed comes from
the village of Tervuren which is where the early
founder - M. F. Corbeel resided. It has been said
Corbeel bred the fawn colored 'Tom' and 'Poes' which
produced the fawn colored 'Miss'. 'Miss' was then
bred with the black 'Duc de Groenendael which resulted
in producing 'Milsart'. In 1907, 'Milsart' became
the first Tervuren champion.
The Belgian Tervuren was brought to the United States
in 1918, but the breed wasn't popular and by the
time of the Depression, it had had just about disappeared.
But In 1953, Belgian Tervurens were once again imported
and they have remained moderately popular ever since.
Before the Tervuren was recognized as a distinct
breed by the AKC in 1959, they were shown as Belgian
These medium-sized, balanced dogs are known for
their grace, intelligence and for being alert and
energetic. While Belgian Tervurens were primarily
used by rural Belgium farmers in the past for herding
and protection, today they are most commonly used
in police work, search & rescue (SAR) as well
as in the military and as therapy dogs. Belgian
Tervuren s make wonderful, loving companions.
Height: The height
for a Belgian Tervuren dog is 24-26 inches (61-66
cm) and for females: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm)
Weight: The weight
of a Belgian Tervuren dog is 65-75 pounds (29-34
kg) and for a female 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg)
Coat Type: The
Belgian Tervuren has a double-coat. The outer coat
is long, straight and abundant and the undercoat
is dense with fine, black hairs. The Belgian Tervuren's
coat enables this breed to adapt to extreme temperatures
or climate. Daily brushing and combing recommended
-or- at least two or three times a week. The Belgian
Tervuren is a constant light shedder and males shed
heavily once a year while the females twice a year.
Color: The color
of the Belgian Tervuren 's coat can be all shades
of red, fawn, gray, with black overlap. The Belgian
Tervuren's face and ears are black.
Belgian Tervuren is very affectionate and friendly
with those he knows well and they can also be possessive.
This breed is intelligent, protective and loyal.
Belgian Tervurens are suspicious of strangers, they
do not show fear or shyness, and they are not aggressive
or vicious. As long as the he Belgian Tervuren is
well socialized, they are good with children. They
are energetic, therefore need daily exercise. Belgian
Tervurens should not be left alone for long periods.
Belgian Tervurens are generally considered a healthy
and hardy breed. Diseases which may affect this
breed include epilepsy and hip and elbow dysplasia.
Other health issues also include anesthesia sensitivity,
cancer, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), thyroid
problems and eye problems.
Interest: The impressive appearance
of the Belgian Tervuren prompted dog portrait artist
Alexandre Clarys to create a famous painting. Prints
of the image are still sold to collectors and dog
AKC: Herding Group Group 7
ANKC: Working Dogs Group 5
CKC: Herding Group 7
FCI: Group 1 Section 1 Sheepdogs