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Belgian Shepherd Dog Tervuren

Belgian Shepherd Dog Tervuren

“In the late 19th century, shepherd-dog fanciers met to determine the type and character of the breed to be known as the Belgian Shepherd Dog Tervuren. Belgian breeders could agree on the conformation and talents required for a first-class herding dog but they differed on the proper coat. So we have a breed with four varieties of coat, each named for the area where that particular coat was favoured. Little was known of the Belgian Shepherd Dog in North America until after World War I when returning servicemen told stories of the breed’s records as messengers and Red Cross dogs.


Noted for his intelligence and alertness, this is a breed with a strong devotion to its owner. The Belgian should be observant and vigilant with strangers but not apprehensive, nor should he display viciousness, fear or shyness. With those he knows, the Belgian is affectionate and friendly. In addition to his aptitude for guarding flocks, he displays a certain protectiveness of his owner and his property.

Activity Level

The standard of the breed calls for a dog that is “always in motion when not under command.” The Belgian has a strong desire to work and does especially well in obedience. Consistent and regular exercise is needed and appreciated.


The average male will range from 24-26 in (61-66 cm) at the shoulder with females measuring 22-24 in (56-61 cm). A light-footed dog of elegant outline, the Belgian is neither bulky nor spindly but is well balanced throughout.


There are two long-haired varieties – the Tervuren and the Groenendael. The short-coated variety is known as the Malinois, while the rough-coated version is called the Laeken.


The long-haired Tervuren varies from rich fawn to russet mahogany to grey in colour with a black overlay. The coat is double-pigmented wherein the tip of each hair is darkened. ”
(Source-Canadian Kennel Club)