Belgian Shepherd - Tervueren


Belgian Shepherd Tervueren Group I. - Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs, Section 1 - Sheepdogs with working trial. Recognized in 1891.

Only fawn with black overlay or grey with black overlay, with black mask.

General Appearance:

Belgian Shepherd Tervuren is characterized by cleverness, perseverance, diligence, docility, agility and alertness. They are calm, proud and courageous dogs without any signs of aggression or fear.

Temperament & Behaviour:

As well as other varieties of Belgian Shepherds it is not possible without proper early socialization, if owner´s attitude to this breed is nice with soft strictness there is no problem

It demands continuous training or training opportunities and free range on its private property and it needs regular daily long walks, fetch, brightened up, jumping over obstacles and, if possible, various mental activities, such as. Searching tracks, etc.

The dogs are coming back after calling back it can also be naturally released freely, they do not tend to move away from the owner. Thanks to their docility and smarts are suitable for almost all dog sports, but also have good use as working dogs, either as an avalanche, rescue or police dogs.

In the family they behave carefully and sensitively. But they are also a very good guards, so that if it is necessary, they are very tough, strong and uncompromising.


Belgian Shepherds are medium-sized dogs, shortly rectangular body frame. Males are about 62 cm and females about 58 cm (for both sexes, the tolerance of - 2 / + 4 cm). Weight of body -male 25-30 kg and for females 20 to 25 kg.

Head high, proudly carried, moderate length, straight outlines, as if carved dry. Skull should be appropriately broad width corresponding to the length of the head, almost as long as the muzzle. The forehead should be rather flat. Longitudinal front cutting little furrow is only slightly pronounced. The occipital protuberance is only slightly noticeable. The frontal slope is distinct, reasonably steep. Muzzle should be formed under the eyes, not hollowed and the overall shape of an elongated wedge. Cheeks are dry, really flat, but well-muscled.

The mouth is relatively large and broad. Lips may be narrow, tightly fitting to the jaws and teeth on the edges of fully pigmented. The teeth are large, pure white, regularly spaced and deeply rooted in strong jaws. It requires a scissor bite, but tolerates also pincer bite. Full dentition is requested, but may be missing two of the first premolars (P1) and molars 3 (M3) is not considered.

The eyes should be of medium size, slightly almond-shaped, slanted, brown colour. Dark-coloured iris preferred. The rims are black. The look is open, lively, bold, determined.

Erect ears to be rather small, set high, distinctly triangular shape, with solid tips. In action must be carried vertically, rather than spread out to the sides or tops leaning toward each other.

The neck is clearly indented from the head rather longer adequately muscled. The receptacle shall be without dewlap, nape slightly arched. Body with strong topline. The body is in the back and loins straight and tap must be distinctive, back firm, short and tightly muscled. The loin should be short, moderately broad and muscular. Croup is a little steep, fairly broad and well-muscled.

The tail should set in correct level, strong at the root, medium length. Reaching at least to hock joints. In rest hanging down, and its end is level with the hock slightly curved upwards. When moving carried clearly higher, but never above the topline of the body. The tip must not be formed i.e. - crochet.

The chest should not be too broad, but deep. The ribs are in their upper part more strongly curved than near the sternum. The abdomen is adequately rolled up. Forelegs must be boned, without coarse and should be properly muscled, vertical to ground. Shoulders should be long, oblique, close to the chest. Elbows should be strong forearms are long, flat, firm wrist, dry. Pasterns should be strong and short. Feet are round, "cat", toes arched and tight, padded rigid, but flexible claws solid, dark colour.

The hindquarters should be strong, vertical to ground. Thighs should be moderately long, broad and well-muscled. Your knees should be bent. Tibia must have adequate length, broad and muscular. Hocks to be low over the base, broad, moderately angulated. The hocks are strong, short. Persistent dewclaws are deemed undesirable. All kinds of movements are lively, open, parallel, balanced.

The hair is long, fitting, it is the longest on the neck, where is formed i.e. mane, and on the chest. Topcoat together with undercoat excellent protection against the weather. Tervueren colouring is beige to red with black or grey shading with black shading. Beige must be rich, not becoming whitish. In the face should be expressive dark, preferably black mask that extends to the whole muzzle and extends to the corners of the mouth, eyelids and ears. At least, it must be black earlobes, upper edges of the eyelids and lips. It must always be only a black tint must never occur black patches or dark break. Coat requires regular care. Coat must not be woolly, wavy, curly or too short.

The faults the standard requirements must be considered as defects and precisely evaluated by the degree of seriousness with regard to health and well-being. To negative defects include aggression or fearfulness, atypical overall appearance, overshot or undershot jaw, wry mouth, lack of one canine or P3, P4, M1, M2 or 3 or more teeth, extensive pigmentation of nose, eye rims and lips, earlobes suspended or modified by surgery , tail missing or shortened, carried too high, curled into a circle or twisted, any other colour of the coat than specified in the standard, large white shirt, white markings on the legs extending higher than the mid forelegs or white markings anywhere else on the body, absence of mask on the muzzle, shoulder height at withers different from standard.