Belgian Tervuren - Chien de Berger Belge

The Belgian Tervuren was developed in the country Belgium. It is a herding breed of dog, used for herding trials. The life span of the Belgian Tervuren is 10-12 years.  The other names used for this breed is Belgian Tervueren and Chien de Berger Belge.

Belgian Tervuren - Chien de Berger Belge

Origin / History:

  • The history is that the Belgian Tervuren were called as Continental Shepherd Dogs  during 1880s
  • In 1891 a club called the Club du Chein  de Berger Belge  (aka Belgian Shepherd Dog Club) was started to determine the  true shepherd dog belonging to Belgium 
  • The first Tervuren was imported in the US in 1953
  • The breed was acknowledge by the AKC in 1959
  • Today they are finally registered as a breed of their own 

Nature / qualities:
The Belgian Tervuren is an intelligent and alert dog.  They like to be entertained by the family and are wonderful pets.  They are very alert with strangers. They become your friend for life. They need to be socialized at very young age.  They are very protective and watchful of young children in the family.  The make a close bonding with their family members.  They have a demanding personality.

Physical Appearance:
The height of the Male Belgian Tervuren is 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) and weight is 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg). The height of the Female Belgian Tervuren is 22-24 inches (56-61 cm) and the weight is 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg). The Belgian Tervuren is a medium-size, slender and square shaped dog.  They have a solid muscular body. The eyes are almond shaped and dark brown in color. The nose is black in color. They have triangular shaped erect ears.  They have strong and straight legs that are parallel to the ground. The tail is long having abundant hair on it.  They have hairs on the body those fringes down the back and front legs. The color of the breed is shades of red or fawn with black tips.

Health Concerns:
The Belgian Tervuren is a hardy and healthy breed. But some of them have minor health problems such as epilepsy, skin allergies, eye problems, excessive shyness, excessive aggressiveness and occasionally seen hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. Do not over feed them as they soon become obese and lazy.

Weekly brushing is recommended.  They require lots of exercise.

The cost of purchasing this breed is $ 900 USD

  • They protect the home in the absence of the family members
  • They make a great playmate and watchdog for children

  • They should not be left alone with very small children
  • They have a demanding personality, so not recommended for a first time dog owner


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