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Bouvier des Flandres Puppies
Description: 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
Height: 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.
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.
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 Flandres
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