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.