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Bouvier des Flandres: A Loveable Family Dog

Skilled at herding, guarding and manual labor, the Bouvier des Flandres makes an equally compelling assistance or family dog. Historically bred for farmwork, this friendly breed does require vigorous exercise for small but consistent stints. Be prepared to clean up both this dog, and your house, from mud and debris that may come in after a romp in the yard.

Bouvier Des Flandres At a Glance

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Bouvier Des Flandres At a Glance

  • Size: 23"-27", 60-100 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Energy Level: high
  • Coat: Long and rough
  • Shedding: light
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Herding
  • Common Nicknames: Vuilbaard, Koehond, Tocheur de Boeuf, Bouvier

Bouvier des Flandres Breed Guide

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  • Temperament

    A guard dog at heart, the safety and happiness of its family is the major concern of a Bouvier des Flandres. Although they require socialization and obedience training like most breeds, they are amicable with children, other pets, and people in general.

  • Health

    The Bouvier des Flandres usually lives a healthy, condition-free life. However, the size of this breed makes it more susceptible to bloat and gastric dilatation. Other health conditions this breed can potentially have or develop include hip and elbow dysplasia, cataracts, myopathy, hypothyroidism, deafness, ectopic ureters, epilepsy, laryngeal paralysis, glaucoma, subaortic stenosis, megaesophagus, and portosystemic shunt.

  • Activity Level

    Besides having plenty of room to house this breed on a daily basis, you should also plan to exercise the workhorse of a dog that is the Bouvier des Flandres. Sports fans can plan to include this breed, as they are intelligent and quick to learn.

  • Grooming

    The Bouvier des Flandres needs a moderate amount of grooming and should be brushed 1 or 2 times each week. The long hair that hangs from this breed's muzzle will need brushed on a weekly basis as well. These dogs generally need their coats trimmed around once a month and only need bathed around 3 to 4 times a month.

  • Shedding

    The Bouvier des Flandres sheds moderately year-round and is not hypoallergenic. The less grooming this breed receives, the more they will shed.

  • Appearance

    A double-layered coat is composed of a rough, harsh exterior that houses a dense layer of fine hair underneath. Fawn and brindle are popular colors for this breed, with cropped ears giving a triangular shape. Their strong neck is muscular, and matches a powerful jaw.

  • History

    The Bouvier des Flandres was developed in Belgium as a cattle dog. It's origins dates back to medieval times when they were used not just for herding but also as watchdogs and cart-pullers. They almost went extinct during both World Wars but was saved as police K-9s.