Belgian Tervuren Shepherd

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Dog Facts

Exercise Requirement:
Affection Level:
Very affectionate
Very protective
Grooming Maintenance:
Temperature Preference:
Typical Lifespan:
10-12 years

About the Belgian Tervuren

The Belgian Tervuren is biologically very similar to the Malinois, Laekenois, Groenendael, and although they look very different because of their coats, they can all be classed under the name "Belgian Sheepdog", but can also be judged as separate breeds.

Like the other Belgian Sheepdogs, the Tervuren has a solid, square build. It is mobile and agile enough to herd livestock with ease, and has a high enough stamina to keep going for hours. It has an effortless gait, strong and smooth. Bred for herding, it has a tendency to run not in straight lines, but in long arcs, as this is helpful when keeping livestock in line.

The Tervuren is similar to the Groenendael in coat shape and length, but it is usually more colourful. It can be red, fawn, grey and black, or any mix of those colours and more. It does tend to have a black face, however. It has pointy, triangular ears that stick up, longer hair around its face and throat, and shorter hair on its body.

Having been bred to work all day herding, all of the Belgian sheepdogs are about action. The Tervuren enjoys running about and has a very high energy level. Therefore, it requires a lot of exercise, both physically and mentally. A daily walk probably will not be enough to satisfy its active attitude. It will greatly benefit from exertive training in such things as fly ball, agility and obedience. The Tervuren is more than able to work for long hours, which helps to make it a good, natural guard dog. It can become very protective of the family it lives with, as well as the home, its territory. As a result, it may be suspicious of other dogs, and can adopt a domineering attitude towards them in order to protect the family by keeping the other animals in line.