Dog breeds: Belgian Tervuren dog temperament and personality

Dog breeds: Belgian Tervuren dog, Origins and Personality

Belgian Tervuren dog

If you feel that you are up to the challenge of providing enough time and energy, then the Belgian Tervuren dog is the one for you. This highly energetic herd dog was developed in Belgium in the 19th century. His name comes after a village in Belgium. Considered by many to be the most elegant of the four Belgian sheepdogs, this breed is athletic, intelligent, and takes part in all kinds of work and sports activities.


The Belgian Tervuren is one of the four varieties of sheepdog developed in Belgium in the late 1800s. The other three were Malinois, the Laekenois, and the Groenendae (Belgian Sheepdog). The name comes from a village where M. F Corbeel, a lover of the breed, lived. The original couple of dogs bred by Corbeel were the fawn-colored “Tom” and “Poes“. This cross delivered the also fawn-colored “Miss“, who was crossed with the black “Duc de Groenendael” to make “Milsart“, the first Tervuren champion in 1907.

Some Belgian Tervuren dogs arrived in the United States but did not do well. They had disappeared by 1930. In 1953, mover Tervurens were imported for American breeding programs.

Physical characteristics

The Belgian Tervuren dog is a medium-sized, strongly-built, square-proportioned dog. A male can be 23 to 27 inches tall while the female stands at 21 to 25 inches. The male weighs 55 to 70 pounds and the female weighs 40 to 55 pounds.


This is an excellent watchdog due to his vigilant and alert personality. They are kind and affectionate with his family. He does not like to be left alone and enjoys spending time with his loved ones. A trustworthy protector of his people and property, the Belgian Tervuren dog will not attack without a cause.

Caring for a Belgian Tervuren dog

This dog was designed for hard work, therefore, a one-hour walk at least is what this dog needs. This is an indoor/outdoor pet. Keep him inside but also provide him with a fenced backyard.


The Belgian Tervuren dog is fairly easy to train. Be firm and consistent and provide a firm and steady hand. Always use positive reinforcement to cement a behavior.

Fun facts

  • These dogs shed all year long.
  • They will chase joggers, bicyclists, and cars, so make sure the fence is secure.
  • Not recommended for first-time users.