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Belgian Shepherd Dog Tervueren

The Tervuren is a long-haired dog, medium sized and with an athletic build. Square in appearance with a sharply intelligent face, pricked ears and alert expression. Often confused for a long-haired German Shepherd Dog, the Tervuren is a much lighter, racier build with a more refined head.

12 – 14 years
27.5 – 28.5kg
Between 61 - 66cm for males, and 56 - 61ccm for females
Fawn, red or grey with black shading
Kennel Club Group
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Large dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left alone with training
Generally healthy breed

All varieties of the Belgian can suffer from: 
- Hip dysplasia 
- Hereditary cataracts which is a condition where the lens in the eye becomes cloudy and this can result in blindness. 
- Progressive retinal atrophy which is an inherited disorder where part of the eye degenerates and wastes away which can result in blindness. 

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- Hip dysplasia screening scheme 
- Eye screening scheme  


Clever, eager, intelligent and sensitive, the Tervuren is capable of achieving high levels of training with the right handler and home. Their abilities in herding, driving and guarding remain strong, but unlike other members of the Belgian Shepherd group, they are not so intense and possess the ability to switch off and relax. They are wary around strangers, but should be quick to warm up once someone is introduced as a friend. The Terv is good with respectful children of their own family and can make a great household companion in the right home.

Did You Know?

The Belgian Tervuren was, if you lived in the UK at least, on our screens most weeks for 14 years, as the dog who played Wellard in EastEnders was in fact a Belgian Tervuren. Wellard was played by three bitches; Zenna, her daughter Chancer and then Zenna’s granddaughter Kyte, who had the role for 7 years until Wellard’s on-screen death in 2008.

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