Belgian Tervuren

Belgian Tervuren are one of four Belgian herders so similar that once they were recognized as a single breed, the big difference being coat type: Tervs (longhaired, “blackened” fawn or red), Belgian Sheepdogs (longhaired, black), Malinois (shorthaired), and Laekenois (wirehaired). The four Belgians are characterized by an elegant but muscular frame, a proudly carried head, an alert and intelligent demeanor, and an insatiable work drive. The Belgian Tervuren's coat furnishings, like the sporty “collarette” around the neck, are more profuse on males, who run larger than females.


  • Personality: Smart, self-assured, very trainable; affectionate and possessive with loved ones
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Lots of hard work and challenging play is a Terv’s idea of heaven
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 24-26 inches (male), 22-24 inches (female)
  • Weight: 55-75 pounds (male), 45-60 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

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The Terv is known in Belgium as the Chien de Berger Belge.


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  • General Appearance

    The first impression of the Belgian Tervuren is that of a well-balanced, medium-size dog, elegant in appearance, standing squarely on all fours, with proud carriage of head and neck. He is strong, agile, well-muscled, alert and full of life. He gives the impression of depth and solidity without bulkiness. The male should appear unquestionably masculine; the female should have a distinctly feminine look and be judged equally with the male.  The Belgian Tervuren is a natural dog and there is no need for excessive posing in the show ring. The Belgian Tervuren reflects the qualities of intelligence, courage, alertness and devotion to master. In addition to his inherent ability as a herding dog, he protects his master's person and property without being overtly aggressive. He is watchful, attentive, and usually in motion when not under command. The Belgian Tervuren is a herding dog and versatile worker. The highest value is to be placed on qualities that maintain these abilities, specifically, correct temperament, gait, bite and coat.

  • Head

    Well-chiseled, skin taut, long without exaggeration. Expression intelligent and questioning, indicating alertness, attention and readiness for action. Eyes dark brown, medium-size, slightly almond shape, not protruding. Light, yellow or round eyes are a fault. Ears triangular in shape, well-cupped, stiff, erect; height equal to width at base. Set high, the base of the ear does not come below the center of the eye. Hanging ears, as on a hound, are a disqualification. 

  • Neck, Topline, Body

    Neck round, muscular, rather long and elegant, slightly arched and tapered from head to body. Skin well-fitting with no loose folds. Withersaccentuated. Topline level, straight and firm from withers to croup. Body - Croupmedium long, sloping gradually to the base of the tail.  Chest not broad without being narrow, but deep; the lowest point of the brisket reaching the elbow, forming a smooth ascendant curve to the abdomen.  Abdomenmoderately developed, neither tucked up nor paunchy. Ribs well-sprung but flat on the sides. Loin sectionviewed from above is relatively short, broad and strong, but blending smoothly into the back. 

  • Forequarters

    Shoulderslong, laid back 45 degrees, flat against the body, forming a right angle with the upper arm. Top of the shoulder blades roughly two thumbs width apart. Upper armsshould move in a direction exactly parallel to the longitudinal axis of the body. Forearmslong and well-muscled.  Legsstraight and parallel, perpendicular to the ground. Bone oval rather than round. Pasternsshort and strong, slightly sloped. Dewclaws may be removed.  Feetrounded, cat footed, turning neither in nor out, toes curved close together, well-padded, strong nails.

  • Hindquarters

    Legspowerful without heaviness, moving in the same pattern as the limbs of the forequarters. Bone oval rather than round. Thighs broad and heavily muscled. Stifles clearly defined, with upper shank at right angles to hip bones. Hocks moderately bent. Metatarsi short, perpendicular to the ground, parallel to each other when viewed from the rear. Dewclaws are removed. Feet slightly elongated, toes curved close together, heavily padded, strong nails.

  • Coat

    The Belgian Tervuren is particularly adaptable to extremes of temperature or climate. The guard hairs of the coat must be long, close-fitting, straight and abundant. The texture is of medium harshness, not silky or wiry. Wavy or curly hair is a fault. The undercoat is very dense, commensurate, however, with climatic conditions. The hair is short on the head, outside the ears, and on the front part of the legs. The opening of the ear is protected by tufts of hair. 

 

 

 

 

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