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60-65 lbs
Belgian Tervuren
German Shepherd
The Tervard is a hybrid dog. His parent breeds are the Belgian Tervuren and the German Shepherd. Generally used for working purposes, the Tervard is alert and watchful. He is highly intelligent and easily trained. He is a large dog, and often resembles a German Shepherd with longer hair. He may be a bit stubborn at times, so consistency is key when working with the Tervard. He is great with children and other members of the family. He will need to be socialized, however, to accept other dogs and pets. He is happiest in a home with a fenced-in yard, although he will need to live primarily indoors.
Companion, Watchdog, Police Work
Date of Origin
Belgian Tervuren, German Shepherd

Tervard Health

Average Size
Male Tervard size stats
Height: 22-24 inches Weight: 75-80 lbs
Female Tervard size stats
Height: 22-24 inches Weight: 60-65 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • Epilepsy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Full Body Physical Examination especially of the joints

Tervard Breed History

There is not a great deal of information regarding the origins of the Tervard. In order to understand the origins of the Tervard, it is important to study the history of his parent breeds. In 1899,  a Captain Max von Stephanitz began to develop a distinct breed using the various sheep herding dogs native to Germany. The Captain studied a number of dogs competing in dog shows in addition to learning about various breeding techniques. When Stephanitz happened upon a wolfish-looking dog, he realized this was the perfect dog for his purposes. He interbred this dog with the various sheep herding dogs of Germany in the hopes of creating a new type of herding dog. Although sheep herding was going out of fashion in Germany, Stephanitz found ways to promote his new breed. He introduced his dog to those in the military and policemen. The German government saw potential in the dog, and put the dog to work with military servicemen. During World War II, many Allied soldiers observed the positive work ethic of the dog and procured puppies to bring back to America. The German Shepherd participates in police work to this day. He also serves as a service dog. Many Americans have a German Shepherd simply for companionship and his ability as a watchdog. The Tervuren hails from Belgium, hence his name. He was one of four Belgian shepherd-type dogs from the area. In 1892, a Professor Adolphe Reul wrote the standard for the four Belgian shepherds based on his studies of the various herding dogs of the area. It was not until 1901 when the four distinct shepherd breeds would become recognized as definitive breeds. It was at this point that the four distinct breeds were given separate names. The Tervuren takes its name from the village in which they are thought to come from. It was here that a Mr. M.F. Corbeel developed Tom and Poes, the two parents thought to be the foundation dogs of the breed. Much like the German Shepherd, the Belgian Tervuren has been traditionally used in police work. He was also used as a military dog during the first world war. Shortly after World War I, a few Belgian Tervuren made it to America (likely with soldiers returning home), but these few Tervurens died out before the breed became widely popular. In 1953, more Belgian Tervurens were imported for breeding purposes, and this time, more people saw the value of the breed. In 1959, the American Kennel Club recognized the breed. The Tervard is recognized by the Designer Breed Registry. 

Tervard Breed Appearance

The Tervard generally looks like a German Shepherd with longer hair. He will have erect ears, a long muzzle, and his face may often appear to have a black overlay. He is often a rust or mahogany color with what could be described as a black saddle overlay on his back. His hair will be longer than the German Shepherd parent breed's typical coat, however. He may also have what is described as a "collarette," a trait he will inherit from the Belgian Tervuren parent breed. In males, this will be more pronounced than in females. His tail will be long and may be slightly curved at the tip. The fur on his tail may be described as "fuzzy." He may appear lean, but he has quite the athletic build under that fur. He generally has a pleasant look on his face that could almost be described as a smile.
Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Tervard eyes
brown Tervard eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Tervard nose
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Tervard coat
brown Tervard coat
black Tervard coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Tervard straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Tervard Breed Maintenance

The Tervard will need a moderate amount of maintenance to keep him looking clean and healthy. He will, unfortunately, shed moderately throughout the year. However, if you brush him weekly, you can avoid a great deal of dead hair on your clothing and furniture. Note: The German Shepherd parent breed can be sensitive to touch. This means that you should begin a grooming regimen with your Tervard when he is a puppy. That way, as he grows older, he will become accustomed to the routine. Bathe him only when necessary. If you do choose to bathe him, use an all-natural shampoo that won't irritate his skin. Brush his teeth or three times a week to prevent bad breath and tartar build-up. To prevent tooth decay, brush his teeth daily. Trim his nails every two weeks. A good rule of thumb is if you can hear the nails clicking on a tile floor, it is time to cut his nails.
Brushes for Tervard
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Tervard requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Tervard Temperament

The Tervard can be a very serious, studious dog. He observes people, and he watches his territory closely. He loves to have "work" to do, and he enjoys assisting his people. He is highly intelligent and very easy to train. However, he may have a stubborn streak. When dealing with this part of his personality, you will need to remain consistent at all times. The Tervard could easily become the alpha, so he must know that his human is in control at all times. It is also recommended that the Tervard attend obedience classes. He is good with children, but he will need early socialization to become accustomed to other dogs. He may accept other animals (pets) if he is exposed to them at an early age. Although he may be somewhat standoffish at times, particularly with strangers, he is a loyal companion. He is protective of his family, and intruders rarely test his ability to defend family or property.

Tervard Activity Requirements

The Tervard is a fairly active dog. He will enjoy short walks through the neighborhood with you, but he will also enjoy hiking the trails with you. He will enjoy trips to the dog park; however, be sure that he is fully trained before taking him to an off-leash area for play. He is a herding dog, after all, and he might try to herd the other dogs. He will also enjoy accompanying you on various outdoor adventures. While you may want to invest in a fenced-in area for the Tervard to play, you must also remember that he is not meant to live outdoors. He will need to be supervised while spending time outdoors. He may scale a fenced shorter than six feet in height. He will enjoy games such as tug-of-war, and he will appreciate toys which provide mental stimulation as well as physical activity.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Tervard Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

Tervard Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Tervard size stats at six months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 32 lbs
Female Tervard size stats at six months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 22 lbs
12 Months
Male Tervard size stats at 12 months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 47 lbs
Female Tervard size stats at 12 months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 42 lbs
18 Months
Male Tervard size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 62 lbs
Female Tervard size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 52 lbs

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