Belgian Tervuren Dog detailed characteristics

Full name: Belgian Tervuren Dog

Type: Medium Dogs

Alias: Tervuren, Chien de Berger Belge

Height :22-26 inches (56-66 cm)

English name: Belgian Tervuren

Country of Origin: Belgium

Weight :60-75 pounds (27-34 kg)

Hair length: Longhair

Function: Shepherds | Guard Dog | Police Dog

Life: About 12-14 years


The Belgian Tervuren was named for the Belgian village of Tervuren. It is one of the four varieties of the Belgian Sheepdogs, the Belgian Tervuren, Belgian Groenendael, Belgian Malinois, and the less popular Belgian Laekenois, which all share a common foundation. In most countries and breed clubs, all four dogs are considered the same breed with different varieties in coat types.

In addition to the Belgian Tervueren (long coat any color but black), the other Belgian sheepherding dogs include the Belgian sheepdog or groenendael (long black coat), the Belgian Malinois (short, smooth coat) and the Belgian Laekenois (wire coat). Of these, only the Laekenois is not recognized by the American Kennel Club.

The American Kennel Club recognized the four Belgian breeds in 1912 as sheepdogs in the herding group. In 1959, they were recognized by their breeds, except the Laekenois. The first Tervuren was registered with the AKC in 1918.

The Belgian Tervuren has a significant number of natural abilities and talents, including search & rescue, sledding, tracking, obedience, agility, and detection.


The Belgian Tervuren is a working dog that is highly intelligent and obedient. They have severe dispositions and strong natural protective and territorial instincts. Some Belgian Tervurens may be excessively shy or sensitive. As with all other breeds of Belgian Sheepdogs, the Belgian Tervuren needs firm, Patient, and understanding training from an early age. Improper socialization of this breed can result in the onset of destructive or anti-social behavior. When properly trained, the Belgian Tervuren makes an excellent family companion. They typically form strong bonding relationships with one or two people. This breed has a lot of energy and is happiest when it has a job to do. The Belgian Tervuren is loving, affectionate, and loyal, and he thrives on the affection he gets from his family.

Overall appearance

Belgian Tervuren gives the impression that a well-balanced medium-sized dog, gentle attitude, body proportions were square, head, and neck are very proud of the carriage. His strong, flexible, and muscular, always remain vigilant. It gives the impression that the overall structure of in-depth, reliable, but not clumsy. Undoubtedly, the male show is masculine, while the female was relatively soft, but the criteria are the same as the male. Belgian Tervuren is a natural dog; the game does not require deliberate pose. Belgian Tervuren’s quality shown is smart, brave, alert, and loving owner. In addition to herding sheep, but also protect the owner and the owner of the property, but not very aggressive. At the command, he alerts focused and put into action. Belgian Tervuren is a herding dog, impeding their ability to work any place (contrary to the characteristics described below), such as the wrong gait, bite, coat, temperament is a fault.

Body type

Ideal size Height: Male: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Female: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm) Weight: Male :65-75 pounds (29-34 kg) Female :60-70 pounds (27-32 kg)

Male less than 23 inches or more than 26.5 inches is a disqualification; females below 21 or above 24.5 inches is a disqualification.


Chiseled, skin-tight, the first minister, but not exaggerated. Expression: to be smart and confused, showing vigilance, attention, and ready for action. Eyes: Brown, medium size, slightly almond-shaped, not prominent. Light-colored, yellow, or round eyes are a disqualification. Ears: triangular, cup, firmly erect, height, and width equal to the ears. Ears on high, below the eyes and ears, not the root of the centerline. Ears were flapping like a hound that is a disqualification. Skull and muzzle: measured from the stop, the length of the head and muzzle are approximately equal. Overall size and body proportion. Head a little flat, not arched, approximately the same width and length, the width can not be greater than the length. Moderate stop. From the side, the tone of the outline of the contours of the skull parallel. Tone a little bit sharp, you can not look like a truncated or thick-skinned. Jaws strong and powerful. The nose is black, with no stains or fading. Nostrils clear. Lips: tight, black, mouth closed, from the outside can not see pink. Teeth: complete, strong white teeth, evenly distributed, a scissors bite or clamp-like bite. Overshot or undershot bite and bite and be penalized. Undershot bite, and if there are two or more of the two front teeth and lower front teeth can not touch, is a disqualification. If it is because the middle of the upper and lower incisors are short and can not reach, but other parts of the bite and the right not to be judged undershot bite. Tooth fracture, or discoloration should not be penalized. Missing teeth are defective.

Neck, Topline, Body

Neck: round, muscular, long and elegant, slightly arched, the head from the body to taper. Skintight, no slack. Withers prominent. Topline: flat, straight, and solid. Hip medium length, sloping gradually to the root of the tail. Chest: not wide, but not particularly narrow, bottomless, the depth extends to the elbow to form a graceful curve that extends smoothly to the abdomen. Abdomen: moderately developed, not to mention too much on, and no belly. Ribs well sprung, but the side of the flat. Waist, from the top, appears short, wide, and strong, smooth integration with the back. Tail: strong root of the tail bone reaching to the hock. At rest, the tail drooping, terminal near the hock. Motion, the tail roll to the back of the line-height, slightly bent, but not like a hook. Tail can not be held higher than the backline, nor torsional either side. Tail is a disqualification.


Shoulder: shoulder-length, to 45 degrees backward tilt, flat relying on body, and upper arm form a right angle. Shoulder blade about two finger widths from the top. The activities of the upper arm with the axis of the body in the same direction. Forearm length and muscular. Forelimb: straight, parallel to each other, perpendicular to the ground. Bone oval rather than round. Pasterns are short, strong, and very slightly sloping. The dewclaws may be removed. Feet: Round, catlike, turning neither in nor out. Toes curved close. Pads are thick, strong nails.


Hind legs: strong but not heavy, as in front of the specimen. Bone oval rather than round. Broad and very muscular thighs. Clear after the knee, upper thigh, and lower leg at right angles. Hock: moderately inclined, metatarsus short, viewed from behind, perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. Wolf claws are removed. Feet: Slightly longer, toes close, curved, padded, strong nails.


Belgian Tervuren on extreme weather and temperature has a unique adaptability. The outer coat must be long, fit, straight, and abundant. Hair texture is medium-coarse, not silky, or wiry should be presented. Wavy or curly hair does not meet the requirements. The undercoat is solid, able to adapt to various climatic conditions. Head, ears, lateral, lower legs, hair is shorter, tufted ears open for protection. Feathering: the more extended, more abundant hair composition, such as the collar around the neck; forearm behind tufts; thigh and “pants” part of the long tufts; tail long, heavy, and abundant hair. Females as males rarely have that kind of plume. This distinction must be considered when the female judge.


For a variety of body color brown or light tan to mahogany red color. The coat color is unique two-pigment: the tip of each camel hair will turn black. Belgian Tervuren features that increase with age; the color becomes deep. Adult male, in the shoulder, back and rib section, hair, blacktip would be particularly obvious. Only a small fragment of black tipping is undesirable. While allowing the lack of female and juvenile male black-tipped, but the absence of adult male black tipping is a serious flaw. Fading, such as cream or gray dominate, is a severe flaw.

Chest: usually black, but allows for the mixture of black and gray. To allow white chest markings, but can not extend to the neck and under the chest. Black facial mask, ears usually black. No blackface is a serious flaw. Cream or white in color tone or the chin is normal. The lower body, tail, and “pants” part is cream, gray, or light beige — dark or black tail tip.

Feet: toes may be white, the color of toenail different both from black to transparent. Pure black, pure liver color, in addition to the chest, muzzle, chin, toes pointed portion other than white, is a disqualification.


Lively and beautiful, big stride without effort. Always active, never tired look, action, great flexibility is more important than the driver. When running in the fast, Belgian Tervuren footprint as a single track, fore and hind limbs are due to gravity and gather under the centerline of the body. From the side, fore and hind limbs can be fully extended, and solid backline level, and exercise the same direction, this species should be better than a straight line running around the circular running. Stiff gait, horse, interleaving step, crab-shaped and similar gait are to be faulted, and the ability to work according to their degree of influence on the points.


The Belgian Tervuren is a highly active dog and requires regular vigorous exercise. Allow your Tervuren to run free in a park or field, including a long daily walk. The Belgian Tervuren has a long, straight, medium-length, heavy outer coat and a dense undercoat that requires regular combing and brushing. Clip out mats that form, particularly in the ruff and on the legs, and clip hair from between the toes and the outer ears. This breed is a constant light shedder, with males shedding heavily once a year and females twice a year. The coat needs a good thorough brushing once or twice a week. Health concerns of note include seizures, canine hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, allergies, hypothyroidism, and progressive retinal atrophy.

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