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AKC Meet the Breeds: Belgian Tervuren

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

Intelligent, courageous and alert, the Belgian Tervuren is marked by its devotion to work and family. Elegant in appearance, the Belgian Tervuren's color is a rich fawn to russet mahogany with black overlay. The Terv owes its name to the Belgian village of Tervuren, the home of M.F. Corbeel, an early devotee of the breed. Excelling in obedience and agility competitions, this breed also makes an excellent therapy or guide dog for the disabled, as well as being outstanding at their original job of herding.

A Look Back

The Belgian Tervuren is known in its country of origin as the Chien de Berger Beige. Prior to the Industrial Age, the rural farmers of Belgium had a great need for a general purpose herding and guard dog. The protective instinct of these dogs provided security for the farm and the family, and their herding abilities assisted with the daily maintenance of the stock. With industrialization, the rural farm dog became less important, but the Terv continued to be cherished as a family companion.

Right Breed for You?

The Belgian Tervuren's thick coat requires brushing at least twice a week. The breed also enjoys having a job to do and needs daily exercise. As an intelligent, sensitive dog, the Belgian Tervuren makes a wonderful addition to any home, as long as training is provided.

  • Herding Group; AKC recognized in 1959.
  • Ranging in size from 22 to 26 inches tall at the shoulder.
  • Sheep herder.

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