History and Origins
Country of Origin: Belgium
One of four varieties of Belgian Shepherd (the others being the Malinois, the Groenendael and the Laekenois), the Tervuren is more closely related to the Groenendael than to the other two. Where the Groenendael is always black the Tervuren comes in a range of shades of red, fawn and grey with black shading to the hair, and is thought that at one point these were one and the same breed, with the solid blacks that became the Groenendael being split out and bred only to one another, leaving the Tervueren as its own breed. Used as sheep herding and driving dogs, with a secondary role as watch and guard dogs, they are an intelligent breed, keen to work with their people but also capable of making independent decision where there is no instruction from an owner or handler.