Bouvier Des Flandres

Bouvier Des Flandres has bushy eyebrows, walrus-like mustache, and a full beard. He is smart and happiest when he has a job to do.

Bouvier Des Flandres
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Overall Status

Height 23.5 to 27.5 inches at the shoulder
Temperament Affectionate, Courageous, Strong-Willed
Weight 70 to 110 pounds
Life Expectancy 10 to 15 years
Coat Color Black, Brindle, Fawn, Gray
Barking Level Frequent

Quick Factors

Playfulness
Dog Friendly
Exercise Need
Grooming Needs
Strangers Friendly
Family Affectionate
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Daily Care

Grooming Tips Exercise Tips Feeding Tips Health Tips Trainability

The Bouvier’s coat needsbrushingonce or twice a week. A good slicker brush or pin brush and large comb will work for this. The beard may need cleaning at the same time, and the dog’stoenailsshould be trimmed every week or two.

Bouviers are athletes so they do need quite a bit of heavy exercise each and every day. Even if they appear to be in a lazy mood, you will need to get him up off the couch, out into the yard and playing.

Without sufficient exercise, the Bouvier des Flandres can become destructive. Inside of a few hours, you could come home to a house that looked like a hurricane hit it! Vigorous and prudent exercise is a must for this breed. Of course, he should only be exercised on a leash or inside a secure area.

The sheer size and energy level of the Bouvier required him to be fed a large amount of high-quality dry kibble. Because of his activity level, the Bouvier des Flandres should be fed twice daily instead of one large meal. This will help to prevent a condition known as gastric torsion or more commonly, bloat. This is a life-threatening problem so it is better to err on the side of caution.

Bouviers are generally healthy dogs, andresponsible breederswill screen their stock for health conditions such as Bouvier des Flandres myopathy, cataracts, deafness, ectopic ureters, epilepsy, glaucoma, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, laryngeal paralysis, megaesophagus, elbow dysplasia, portosystemic shunt, and subaortic stenosis.

Like all large and deep-chested breeds, theBouvier can experience gastric dilatation andbloat.Owners should learn how to identify this potentially life-threatening condition and learn what emergency steps to take to address it.

The Bouvier is happiest when he has a job to do, whether that job is babysitting, herding, obedience, or guard dog or rescue work. Bouviers are easily trained to do almost any type of dog sport or activity, and they usually excel at it.

They have a strong prey drive so they should be well socialized from the start. They are consummate showmen and enjoy working or competing with their owners at their side.

Extremely eager to please, once they know what you want them to do, they will do their best to satisfy you. This breed is well suited for search and rescue work and adapts to the training easily.

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History

The Bouvier was bred as a farm dog in Flanders, an area located in present-day Belgium. He drove cattle to market and worked as a butcher’s dog, often pulling a cart. In 1910, the homely dog was recognized as a specific breed at the International Dog Show in Brussels. During a meeting of Bouvier breeders in 1912, a breed standard was formally written.

World War I nearly put an end to the breed — only a few dogs survived the war — but a dedicated group of breeders managed to replenish Bouvier numbers. The American Kennel Club recognized the Bouvier in 1929, and a number of Bouviers were imported to the United States in the decade that followed. In 1963, the American Bouvier des Flandres Club was formed. Today, the breed ranks 85th among thedogsregistered by the AKC.

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