Thinking about purchasing a Bouvier des Flandres? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Bouvier des Flandres breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Bouvier des Flandres owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Bouvier des Flandres and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Bouvier des Flandres Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Bouvier des Flandres and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Bouvier des Flandres Breed Profile
The Bouvier des Flandres is a powerfully built, compact, rough-coated dog of rugged appearance. They are agile, spirited and bold with a calm and steady manner. The Bouvier des Flandres is easy going but aloof, they can sometimes be serious or moody. Their herding instincts will keep them close to home. They are stocky, heavy boned and fierce when confronted with a threat. Bouviers are actually quite intelligent, as they can distinguish a fake or staged threat from a real one. They are gentle and mild with their families, and always faithful and protective. They have a sensible temperament, and are hardy and trustworthy. They are easily trained and love to work. Bouvier des Flandres were originally used to herd sheep and cattle, and to guard their property in Belgium. Used in police work and helping the blind, they love the company of people. Bouviers are quick to learn, are apt to obey, and have an air of dignity about their presence. Loyal and sturdy, the Bouvier des Flandres is one very respected dog.
Other Names: Belgian Cattle Dog, Koe Hond (Cow Dog), Toucheur de Boeuf (Cattle Drover), Vuilbaard (Dirty Beard), Vlaamse Koehond, Flanders Cattle Dog.
Type: Herding Dog, Guarding Dog
Males: 24.5 - 27.5 inches; Females:
23.5 - 26.5 inches.
Colors: The color may
be fawn, gray, brindle, salt and pepper, or black. Some have a white star on
their chest. Some shades of these colors can have a washed out look.
Temperament: Bouvier des
Flandres are alert, responsive, even tempered, and great guard dogs. They
are protective of their family and property, and will voraciously defend
them. But, they are gentle with the ones who care for them, courageous and
intelligent. Some Bouviers can actually distinguish imaginary threats from
real danger, which serves as an incredible advantage to their personalities.
Watch-dog: Very High.
Bouvier des Flandres Care and Training: Regular
attention should be given to the Bouvier des Flandres' teeth, nails and ears.
Weekly brushing is a must, their hard wiry coats also need scissoring and
shaping every three months. The Bouvier des Flandres needs plenty of exercise,
but be careful not to jog with them over long distances as they are heavy
in structure and are predisposed to hip problems. Ample space is necessary. Bouviers
need to be put to work and have their minds kept active with mental
stimulation. A vigorous play session will do fine for exercise.
Activity: Outdoors - High.
Bouviers were bred to herd sheep, cattle, and pull carts. They are active
dogs in their natural environment.
Indoors - Low.
Bouvier des Flandres Health Issues: Hip and elbow dysplasia, glaucoma. Other health concerns include autoimmune disorders, cancer, hypothyroidism, subaortic stenosis, and bloat. Bloat is a health issue to most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs other than cancer, but Bouvier des Flandres can be particularly susceptible to it because of their deep chests. Ears are often clipped to create a fiercer look.
Life Span: 10 - 12 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
Bouvier des Flandress
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