The Belgian Tervuren is a light-boned, elegant, square-built dog covered in a long, straight coat that comes in a range of colors from fawn to mahogany. It has a powerful, flat-topped head with a sharp muzzle, black nose and triangle-shaped ears that point straight up. Its dark brown eyes have a keen expression. The Tervuren has a thick neck, level back and a low-hanging tail. Overall, the Belgian Tervuren has a lightweight but powerful look.
Around the house and on the job, the Belgian Tervuren is a loyal, friendly and affectionate companion. In spite of its strong working-dog genes, itcraves companionship and family time above everything else. Highly protective of its family, property and territory, it is a passionate but calm watchdog. An alert and watchful companion to children, the Belgian Tervuren really flourishes when given a steady dose of good-natured play, cuddling and attention.
The Belgian Tervuren can live as long as 14 years. A relatively healthy breed, some can develop skin allergies, eye problems and hip dysplasia. Its long, straight coat needs a good, daily brushing. It likes to be busy. From an early age, keep it active and socially challenged.
One of Belgium’s four sheepdog varieties (the Groenendael, the Laekenois, the Tervuren and the Malinois), the Belgian Tervuren was named for the Belgian city of the same name and developed by the breeder Brewer M. Corbeel. A dependable herder and farm dog, it is also valued for its versatility as a working dog, police dog and household companion.