The Belgian Tervuren, also sometimes called Tervuren or Chien de Berger Belge, is a relatively large dog with it’s origins in (as the name implies) Belgium. The breed was registered with the AKF back in 1912, but it was first in 1959 that it was titled as Belgian Tervuren. Tervuren stands for shepherd, so it’s also commonly titled Belgian Shepherd Dog. This title is different according to different clubs, in America it is titled as Tervuren, in Canada it is titled as Shepherd Dog, and other countries follow various standards. Before the year 2005 they were known as Sheep Dogs instead of Shepherd Dogs, which isn’t much of a difference in my opinion.
The Belgian Tervuren is a very agile and beautiful dog breed, with a long smooth coat of fur most commonly in sable grey or mahogany with strands of black. Small patches of white may also appear. They are in average 20 to 28 inches long and weigh an average of 45 to 80 pounds. They do not shed much, but shed most during spring or autumn. Daily grooming is required during the times it sheds more than usual.
It moves gracefully and enjoys running, have a great amount of stored energy, and accordingly requires a good daily dose of exercise to remain healthy. They can work as show dogs, and are very capable of learning quickly. They are intelligent and devoted, and have good patience as well. They do however require much attention and activity, both mental and physical, since they will easily get bored if not enough time is spent with it. Since they were originally bred for herding their instincts for this remain, and they will likely nibble and try to circle in guests or strangers, especially children who move around a lot. It will however do fine with children it has grown up with or grown used to. The Belgian Tervuren is also very alert and suspicious, and will make an excellent guard dog.
The Belgian Tervuren is not a dog breed recommended for beginners, as it requires lots of training and time. They can also be stubborn and challenging, but make great companions for those who know how to handle them. The average lifespan for this breed is 12 to14 years. Some health issues include elbow dysplasia and HD, cataracts, thyroid problems and epilepsy. It is also important that the parents of your Belgian Tervuren puppy have both OFA and CERF certificates.