Tervard:German Shepherd and Tervueren Mix

Hybrid Breed

German Shepherd + Tervueren


Origin and history

The Tervard is a cross between the German Shepherd and the Tervueren, a variant of the Belgian Shepherd. This mixed breed is a deliberate crossbreed that aims to combine the best characteristics of the two pedigree breeds. Countries of origin of the pedigree breeds are Germany and Belgium.

Suitability and use

The Tervard is characterized by its high intelligence and willingness to work. He is ideal for active people who enjoy challenging and encouraging a dog physically and mentally.

Due to his pedigree ancestors, he is ideal for various dog sports such as agility, obedience or rescue dog work. The Tervard also cuts a fine figure as a companion and family dog, provided he gets enough exercise.

Alternate Name -
Origin Germany - Belgium
Life expectancy 9 - 14 years
Care requirements low-maintenance - high-maintenance
Activity level high
FCI group not recognised
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

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Character and nature of the Tervard

Inherited traits from the German Shepherd and Tervueren make these dogs exceptionally intelligent, strong-willed, and loyal companions. Like their parents, Tervards can be trained enthusiastically and are remarkably adaptable, making them excellent working and service dogs.

  • Loyal: The Tervard is very loyal and people-oriented. He tends to form a close bond with his caregiver.
  • Intelligent: Both breeds are known to be quick learners. These mixed breeds are therefore quite easy to train.
  • Active: The Tervard needs plenty of exercise and physical activity. He is happiest when he has a job to do.
  • Playful: This mongrel breed shows its playful character especially when interacting with children.

Take into account that the Tervard, like any mixed breed dog, can have different characteristics of its parent breeds. It is important to consult information sources and dog trainers to gain a deeper understanding of this unique mix. It is also important to note that despite breed standards, each dog has an individual personality.

Living conditions and requirements

A Tervard needs plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to stay healthy and happy both physically and mentally. They are best suited for families who lead active lives and who are willing to put a lot of time and effort into their training and care.

Training and socialization should begin early to allow these dogs to reach their full potential. They are quick learners, obedient and dedicated, and often show amazing versatility in various categories of obedience, agility and work training.

Care of the Tervard

The Tervard has a dense, medium-length coat that requires regular grooming. Weekly grooming is necessary to prevent matting and keep the coat healthy. Especially during the shedding season, the coat should be well brushed. Care of the Tervard's ears, teeth and claws should not be neglected:

  • Ears: regular inspection and cleaning to prevent infections.
  • Teeth: should be regularly brushed and checked
  • Claws: Should be trimmed regularly and checked for cracks or splinters

Health of the Tervard

The health of the Tervard is generally considered robust, however, there could be genetic conditions that are typical of German Shepherds and Tervueren. These include hip and elbow dysplasia and various eye diseases. A good breeder will have his breeding stock tested for these diseases to minimize the risk of heritable diseases.

Breeding the Tervard

Responsible breeding of the Tervard requires deep knowledge of the genetic background and health profile of both breeds. Breeders should pay attention to good socialization of the puppies and ensure that they are in good health. In addition, potential owners should be thoroughly educated about the needs and requirements of this breed.

Appearance can vary greatly from dog to dog, but as a rule, the Tervard exhibits a strong and robust build. The size of an adult Tervard is, on average, within the limits of its parent breeds.

The coat of the Tervard is usually dense and of medium length with a thick undercoat, making it well suited to cold climates. Coat colors can vary, though black, brown and white are most commonly found.

Fur length long
Fur flat coated
Ear shape Standing Ears
Tail fanned out
Anatomy massive, strong, strong
Size ♀ 55 - 62 cm
Weight ♀ 20 - 32 kg
Size ♂ 60 - 66 cm
Weight ♂ 25 - 40 kg
Suitable For -
  • Tervards are intelligent, obedient, playful and loyal. They have a strong bond with their families and are extremely affectionate.

  • Yes, Tervards can be recommended for any size family.

  • Yes, as a hybrid of two active breeds, Tervuren-German Shepherd mixes need plenty of exercise and exercise.

  • Yes, these mixed breeds are easy to train and respond well to consistency and consistent training.

  • Yes, Tervards make enthusiastic companions and are very suitable as pets.

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