Many consider the breed to be relatively healthy. On average, the Belgian Tervuren can live between 12 to 14 years.
To ensure that you have a healthy dog, you should only deal with a reputable breeder. Also, the breed should provide the proper documents and health clearances. Couple that with regular visits at the veterinarian and your dog will have the best chance living a long and meaningful life.
Large breeds like the Alaskan Malamute typically have their fair share of issues with Hip Dysplasia; a condition from a malformation of the hip joint. When the joint is loose, your dog’s leg bone will put more stress as it moves around too much causing wear and tear. Pain and discomfort results as well. This condition can be found in Tervs and breeds like Labrador Retriever.
Tervs may encounter troubles with their eyes as well. Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Cataracts have been found with this breed. Each condition can be quite expensive to correct. If you ignore the issues, your Belgian Tervuren may go partially or completely blind.
Tervs along with Mastiffs, Weimaraner, and Siberian Husky are prone to suffer Hypothyroidism. This is a condition, in which there is a lack of thyroid hormonal production of the thyroid gland. This will cause a dog’s metabolism to slow resulting in weight gain, infertility and many other effects. There is treatment and tests for Hypothyroidism. This condition occurs most commonly in dogs between the ages of 4 and 6, as well as medium and large breeds.
Other issues to watch out for are Elbow Dysplasia, Seizures and Allergies.