Belgian Tervuren Breed Profile


The Belgian Tervuren is an energetic breed of dog. This breed of dog is serious and watchful. They make good guard dogs because they are extremely protective of property.

Family/Child Friendly

Belgians must be raised around children if they are to be used to children in any way shape or form. Use care when introducing stranger children to this breed.

Lifespan and Weight

The lifespan of the Belgian Tervuren is around 14 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 60 to 75 lbs.

Common Diseases

Fortunately this breed of dog has relatively few health problems to be concerned about. The only health problems prone to Belgians are epilepsy, hip and elbow dysplasia, skin allergies, and laziness and obesity if overfed.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking a Belgian is out of the question as this breed of dog loves the outdoors. A good compromise would be for them to be left outside for the day and to be brought in at night only when everyone is going to bed. This breed of dog is an average shedder, only requiring brushing every other day.

Best Owner Compatibility

This breed of dog is not for the apartment or condo dweller. They are out of the question for the frequent traveler as well. Best Owner has a yard to play in and lots of love and attention to give. If this breed of dog is ignored, they will entertain themselves often at the owners expense. Belgians need lots of exercise.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy a Belgian are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

Owning a Belgian does not come cheaply. The average cost for this breed of dog ranges from $750 to even higher. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

This breed of dog needs lots of socialization early on in life as they have a tendency towards excessive aggression problems.

Noise Factor

This breed of dog warns when strangers approach, thus making them excellent guard dogs.

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