Belgian Tervuren

History/Evolution:

One of the four Belgian shepherd breeds, the Belgian Tervuren’s protective instincts and herding abilities made it an ideal dog for rural farmers in Belgium. The dogs continued as beloved companions even after machines gradually took over the breed’s farm duties. A drop in numbers nearly caused the Belgian Tervuren to disappear by 1930, but fanciers have rescued the breed to its current moderate popularity.


Size:

Medium to large; females 22 to 24 inches, 45 to 60 pounds; males 24 to 26 inches, 65 to 80 pounds.

Color:

Fawn to mahogany, with black overlay.

Temperament:

Alert and energetic; affectionate and possessive with family, but observant and aloof with strangers. Given exercise and challenges, can be well-mannered companion. May nip at children’s heels.

Energy level:

High.

Best owner:

Active, confident owner who has time for training.

Needs:

Strenuous daily activity (jogging, serious play or working session) and mental challenges of obedience, agility, tracking; regular brushing and interaction; fenced yard.

Life expectancy:

10 to 14 years.