We're not saying this breed defies the laws of physics—but doggone, does this breed ever get tired? Belgian Tervuren (or “Tervs”) are indefatigable working dogs and affectionate, funny companions. When you combine this much get-up-and-go with a wicked-in-the-best-way sense of humor, you have to get up pretty early in the morning to outsmart this pup. But let's face it: your Terv would have gotten you up early anyway. Isn't it time for a jog?
Originally from the town of Tervuren in Belgium (thus the name), these medium-sized, high-energy dogs can grow to between 45-75 pounds and live an average of 12-14 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Herding group.
|Breed's original pastime||Herding|
|Average lifespan||12-14 years|
|Date of origin||1800s|
|Original function||Stock herding|
|Today's function||Herding trials, schutzhund|
|Average size of male||Height: 24-26 Weight: 55-65|
|Average size of female||Height: 22-24 Weight: 40-50|
|Energy level||High energy|
|Affection level||Very affectionate|
|Friendliness toward other dogs||Friendly|
|Friendliness toward other pets||Friendly|
|Friendliness toward strangers||Shy|
|Ease of training||Hard to train|
|Protection ability||Very protective|
|Grooming needs||Moderate maintenance|
|Cold tolerance||Medium tolerance|
|Heat tolerance||Medium tolerance|
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS A BELGIAN TERVUREN'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Belgian Tervurens are the workaholics of the canine world. This dog needs a job, and you'll be much happier if you channel her boundless canine energy in constructive directions.
This is a very intelligent, very playful, courageous, and alert breed. They are often friendly toward other dogs and pets but can be suspicious of strangers. Belgian Tervurens do best when socialized early and supervised while playing with children.
WHAT IS BELGIAN TERVUREN BEHAVIOR LIKE?
This breed is loving toward and possessive of its chosen pack. They make for self-assured, vigilant, and motivated watchdogs and can be somewhat prone to barking.
This dog needs a job or it's likely to go looking for trouble. A bored Terv can do a fair amount of damage to your home or yard. As with many smart and high energy dogs, a rigorous daily exercise routine goes a long way toward calming their busy brains and active bodies.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A BELGIAN TERVUREN?
Belgian Tervurens are bright and biddable dogs who revel in their own ability to learn and obey. Start early to discourage chasing and nipping behaviors—particularly toward children—that can be common in herding breeds. They are sensitive to your moods and tone of voice so be gentle with them. Use play, praise, and food to reward your Terv for learning new skills.
Consider enrolling your Terv in dog sports like obedience, tracking, herding, agility, or even musical freestyle. These dogs love to learn and are eager to impress you.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO BELGIAN TERVURENS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Tervs have a harsh, thick, long-haired double coat. These dogs are seasonal shedders who require weekly grooming and multiple brushings every week. Their coats slough off dirt, so your Belgian Tervuren shouldn't need frequent baths. Warm baths followed by blow outs may help manage dead hair while they're shedding, however.
Your furry friend will shed once or twice a year. Be sure to brush more frequently during sheds to manage the literal bags worth of loose hair.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO BELGIAN TERVURENS HAVE?
Most Belgian Tervurens are relatively healthy. Some have been known to develop eye ailments, epilepsy, and allergies.