The Belgian Tervuren: A Complete Guide

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When looking for the right dog breed to bring into your home, you will want to be sure that you are getting the best pet possible when it comes to your needs and those of your family.

There are thousands of breeds to choose from when selecting the ideal dog, so don’t worry, because I’m here to help you out.

Choosing the right breed of dog is more of a matter of being sufficiently informed about the differences between separate breeds.

When you know how to distinguish between kinds of dogs, it will become easier to choose one based on their looks or behavior, and it is for this reason that I will be examining the Belgian Tervuren.

Over the course of this guide, we’ll be taking a look at everything there is to know about the Belgian Tervuren, including how to find the best breeder, how they act, and what they eat.

Of course, if you are only interested in a particular quality of this breed, feel free to skip ahead to the section that concerns you.

Belgian Tervuren Puppies – Before You Buy…

Belgian Tervuren in snow
The Belgian Tervuren can run for many hours a day.

Of course, the best place to start when discussing any dog breed is to begin with the dogs when they are in their puppy phase.

There are some crucial things to know about any dog breed as puppies, and it has more to do with how you can find these dogs as opposed to how they will act.

What Price are Belgian Tervuren Puppies?

The first thing to know about any dog breed is the amount of money that you can expect to spend on a puppy when you are ready to bring one into your home.

Since you can expect to pay different amounts for different breeds, it helps to know right away whether or not a dog is within range of your budget.

While the Belgian Tervuren is not a very popular dog in America, it is not impossible to find a breeder, but you will likely end up paying a premium price for it.

Most of the time, a Belgian Tervuren will end up costing about as much a purebred Belgian Shepherd, which is around 1000 to 1500 dollars.

Where to Find Reputable Belgian Tervuren Breeders?

Once you have decided that the Belgian Tervuren is within your price range, you will want to be sure that you have found the best breeder available, and there are a few ways to make sure of this.

There are plenty of reasons to find out whether or not you have a trustworthy breeder, puppy mills being your primary issue.

First off, you should always insist on visiting your puppy breeder in person, as many shady ones will insist on “meeting” through Skype or some other form of video chat.

Once you get to see someone in person and how they interact with the animals under their care, you can get a better idea of their intentions.

3 Little-Known Facts About Belgian Tervuren Puppies

  1. There is some debate going on as to whether the Belgian Tervuren is a breed in its own right. Some will consider this breed as being a subcategory of Belgian Shepherd, and the resemblance is indeed there if you search for it. Others will argue that the Tervuren is different enough to be its breed.
  2. Since the Belgian Tervuren is a dog that has disputed heritage, you can expect to find this breed sporting a combination of different names. While we refer to it as the Belgian Tervuren, you will come across breeders who omit the “Belgian,” some will call it the Belgian Sheepdog, and more.
  3.  Due to their ease of training and their rich fur combined with their good looks, Belgian Tervurens are popular dogs on the big screen. This breed has been seen in a few different movies throughout the last couple of decades. The Belgian Tervuren’s ease of training also makes them successful show dogs.
    Belgian Tervuren laying with city behind
    The Belgian Tervuren cannot stay happy and healthy living in an apartment.

Physical Traits of the Belgian Tervuren

Of course, the most recognizable aspect of the Belgian Tervuren is that it highly resembles a Belgian Shepherd, but you will find a few differences, namely in their coat.

The Belgian Tervuren features a double coat that is thicker than the ones that you will see on most other dog breeds.

In addition to being thick, the coat is relatively long, making for a dog bred that will require more grooming than the usual pet.

If you don’t have any experience with a grooming brush, it may be challenging to own a Belgian Tervuren, but it won’t be too much of a challenge if you introduce your dog to grooming early on.

There are varying color standards for the Tervuren, so I’ll be going with the broadest accepted range to give you an idea of the variation possible with this breed.

Many of these dogs can be red, black, white, fawn, and many other colors that are less official. A black mask is also a common feature of this dog breed.

How Big is a Full-Grown Belgian Tervuren?

The Belgian Tervuren is very similar to the Belgian Shepherd in more than just looks, sharing a size that is also nearly identical to their cousin breed.

The Belgian Tervuren is a dog breed that is taller than it is heavy, with most male examples of this breed growing out to around 22 to 24 inches tall.

Most males of this breed will have a weight that ranges somewhere between 50 and 60 pounds, with the ideal number being right in between those two figures.

Since these dogs are so tall, they tend to look bigger than they are, but when Belgian Tervurens get closer, it becomes evident that they don’t have as much mass as expected.

What is the Belgian Tervuren’s Life Expectancy?

Being a larger dog breed, you can expect the Belgian Tervuren to live between 10 and 12 years, which is not out of the ordinary for dogs that are as tall as this type.

The more massive a dog gets, you will find that their health problems tend to become more common due to simple physiology.

If there are more cells in a bigger dog, it merely makes for more organisms in the body that can potentially go wrong, raising the chance of disease and other issues.

Of course, it is by no means guaranteed that your dog won’t live a longer or shorter life than you would assume based on their life expectancy.

Belgian Tervuren in grass with tongue out
The Belgian Tervuren has a unique set of characteristics.

Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Belgian Tervuren

As with any shepherd dog, there is a specific set of characteristics that you can expect to find in the Belgian Tervuren.

Seeing as these dogs are primarily meant for herding, you will find that they have much higher energy levels than other breeds, and they love going out for walks and runs.

Aside from their energy and will to work, Belgian Tervurens are also highly intelligent dogs, which is one of the qualities that makes these pets such good show animals.

If you start training a Belgian Tervuren from a young age, it will be much easier for you to make your dog show-ready.

If you aren’t interested in turning your pet into a show dog, you will be happy to learn that the Belgian Tervuren also makes for an excellent family pet.

While these dogs can sometimes be a little mischievous, especially when it comes to food, you will find that they are still loving and caring creatures.

The Belgian Tervuren’s Diet

Seeing as the Belgian Tervuren is a dog breed with massive energy levels, you will have to feed them as much as you would expect to feed a larger dog.

Most of these canines will need around 2.5 cups of food per day, which is a common daily intake for dogs that are 50% larger.

You will want to ensure that your pet is adequately fed to avoid any potential health issues, either physical or mental.

How Much Exercise Does the Belgian Tervuren Need?

Since the Belgian Tervuren has such massive energy reserves, it is only natural to expect to have to exercise these dogs relatively often.

You should typically take these dogs out for around one hour of exercise per day, varying it up between running, jogging, and walking.

Belgian Tervuren Health and Conditions

Of course, before purchasing any dog, it is good to know what you can expect to deal with when it comes to health problems.

Other than saving you a lot of potential heartache, having an idea of how healthy a breed is may also end up saving you a decent sum of money on veterinary bills.

Serious Issues

  • Bloat
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Eye diseases
  • Hypothyroidism

Minor Issues

My Final Thoughts on the Belgian TervurenBelgian Tervuren guide

If you want a unique shepherd breed, few can hope to match the Belgian Tervuren when it comes to energy levels and sheer intelligence.

I hope that this guide has given you all of the info that you were seeking for this dog breed, and I wish you good luck in finding the next dog to bring into your home.

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