Bouvier des Flandres Information

The Bouvier des Flandres makes a great family pet for those who would like to have a watch dog and guard dog combination. She can be relatively inactive indoors and can be exercised via many walks. A better situation for her is a properly fenced in exercise area. She is good with other dogs and pets, especially if she has been socialized with them early on. She is generally good with children but may have a problem with their friends.

SPECIAL GOOD POINTS
• Very good watch dog.
• Very good guard dog.
• Generally will stay home, not roam.
• Good with children but maybe not their friends.
• Can tolerate cold.

SPECIAL BAD POINTS
• May be aggressive to other dogs.
• High pain threshold. Hard too tell if they are hurting.
• She needs an experienced owner.
• Slow to mature.
• May be suspicious of strangers.
Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Bouvier des Flandres is no exception. Be on the look out for bloat (Gastric Dilation-Volvulus, the second leading killer of dogs, can kill within the hour, this space is too limited for a complete explanation but you should read up on this). Feeding more then once a day and avoiding exercise right after meals may help guard against bloat.
Also be aware of canine hip dysplasia (genetic based looseness in the hip that can lead to arthritis pain and lameness), Laryngeal Paralysis (muscular narrowing of the airway especially during exercise) and eye problems. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.
She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.