Hard-working Bouvier des Flandres

Originally the Bouvier breed was bred to be a hard-working farm dog and helped in a multitude of tasks including guarding, pulling carts and herding livestock. Although the intelligent Bouvier des Flandres is still an ideal farm dog, it is also very popular to be used in guard dogs, law enforcement and other capable assistance environments. Nowadays it is the Bouvier breed’s great compatibility to humans and serving as family companions that suit them very well. A well cared for Bouvier will thrive when loved by a family and they are incredibly patient with children. He is a protective breed and families with children especially will make no mistake getting a Bouvier des Flandres.
They are confident and fearless dogs with strong personalities and a natural athlete loving the outdoors and to run, but also very happy to hang around indoors. They can despite their large frame comfortably stay inside in a small apartment or condo and thrive, but then owners must take care to give them regular and vigorous exercise as by nature they are not highly active.
Their high intelligence makes them to learn quickly and trains very well, but they do have a personality of sometimes being stubborn and strong-willed and a timid owner may find it difficult to teach the dog or get it to listen. Owners who prefer a dog which are not messy or shed hair should not get a Bouvier breed.
They have this amazing shaggy coat and needs a lot of grooming. The coat is like a magnet for dirt, debris and more and the dog will track dirt throughout the house with its large hairy paws and coat leaving the mess inside. The Bouvier is a great choice for owners who have the time to groom their dog often and handle their strong personality.

Bouvier Breed

What a beautiful creature! The Bouvier breed is indeed a rugged-looking and powerful dog and everything seems to be in proportion as its head is unlike some dog breeds in proportion to its body. The firm level top line of the Bouvier breed’s back, which appear to be short, is broad. The soulful dark brown eyes of Bouvier des Flandres are oval and the rims are black, with bushy eyebrows. Straight front legs and powerful muscled hind legs add to the impressive look of the Bouvier breed.
The Bouvier has a double weather resistant coat and the outer hairs are rough and harsh to the touch, with the undercoat dense, yet soft and fine. The Bouvier colors are brindle, grey, salt and pepper, blonde, fawn and black and sometimes you will find a Bouvier des Flandres with a white star on their chest. Because of the coat’s thickness it must be groomed regularly and when well-groomed it will shed very little hair. The Bouvier breed needs to be trimmed about three times a year and hair shouldn’t be allowed to grow to their feet.
The life expectancy of the Bouvier when well-cared for is 10 – 12 years and litter sizes are an average of 8. With the Bouvier des Flandres being an active and energetic dog it needs a lot of exercise, but in their growing years exercise should not be too strenuous as it will not develop into a healthy strong framed dog. Although it is sometimes kept in apartments, you must take care that it gets enough exercise and a large yard is actually ideal for the Bouvier breed. The average height of male Bouviers is 23 – 28 inches with a weight of 75 – 110 pounds. The female Bouvier des Flandres is the smaller dog and the heights average around 22 – 27 inches and their weight is between 60 – 80 pounds.

What You Ought To Know About Bouvier Des Flandres

Bouvier des Flandres originally developed for general farm work like sheep herding, and cattle droving originated from Flanders, Belgium. Nowadays, Bouviers are used as police and guard dogs while they are also being maintained as pet. The English meaning of Bouvier des Flandres (a French language) is Cow Herder of Flanders, which means Flemish origin of the breed. Bouviers are big, highly intelligent, agile and powerful. Total commitment to his family and stern character are as much a part of the nature of a typical Bouvier as his rugged appearance.
One of the most notable characteristics of Bouvier des Flandres is the striking head heightened by a heavy beard and moustache. Also, the tail of a Bouvier and the ears are usually cropped for cosmetic reasons, although the American Veterinary Association is now against the docking of cosmetic practice.
The average weight of a male Bouvier des Flandres is between 80 – 120 pounds or 36 – 54kg which is a bit smaller, compared to that of the female counterpart. Bouvier has powerfully built posture with thick double coat that can be in any color of pepper and salt, fawn, grey or black. Bouviers can also lose hair just like other dogs, despite the fact that they are considered as none shedding.
However, the majority of the hair they lose is caught in the double coat which causes matting. Bouviers’ hair need combing and brushing every week to maintain the coat while the coat should be trimmed once in every 3 to 5 weeks at least, if they are show dogs in addition to the weekly brushing. Trimming will allow for the proper look of Bouvier des Flandres.
Furthermore, Bouvier des Flandres apart from being a farm dog is equally a protector, shepherd, family friend, guide dog for those that are hearing impaired and blind. They are tender, lucid, protective and loyal and they possess stylish qualities like accountability, intelligence and complex control. Bourviers are pleasing and submissive.
Even though Bouvier des Flandres may look frightening in appearance, they are in fact gentle, calm, responsible, enthusiastic, even-tempered and easy to train as watchdogs and guards. They are fast learners that learn commands fast and they will learn best when there is limited repetition. This is because they get bored easily when doing the same thing all the time.
As part of their activities, Bourviers des Flandres participates in carting, dog agility trials, tracking, dog show, herding obedience and schutzhund events.