Silhouette counts. The first thing a judge should consider is whether the dog has the look which is unmistakably Tervuren. It is not a good Tervuren if it does not have correct silhouette, no matter how nice it may look or move..
The Tervuren stands naturally with proud carriage of head and neck over a balanced, square body having medium bone and balanced angulation front to rear. The slightly long, arched neck gives the head a most elegant carriage. Its straight, dense, natural falling coat should not obscure the outline. Faced with a black muzzle, alert high set ears and intelligent expression, the entire picture should say Belgian.
"The first impression of the Belgian Tervuren is that of a well-balanced, medium size dog, elegant in appearance, standing squarely on all fours, with proud carriage of head and neck. He is strong, agile, well-muscled, alert and full of life. He gives the impression of depth and solidity without bulkiness. The male should appear unquestionable masculine; the female should have a distinctly feminine look and be judged equally with the male. The Belgian Tervuren is a natural dog and there is no need for excessive posing in the show ring."
--- From the AKC Belgian Teruven standard
Let's compare the outlines of 3 breeds.These 3 herding breeds are shown as comparison because they all have the same ideal size (dogs 24-26 inches; bitches 22-24 inches) and they were all bred for similar purposes. Note the distinct difference in the overall general appearance and outlines
|Belgian Tervuren||Collie||German Shepherd Dog|
Adult males are distinctly masculine, and females are likewise feminine. A judge should be able to distinguish a male from a female with ease. Our standard instructs the judge to judge a female equally with the male. A judge should consider each sex based on its unique qualities, and reward the best.