Bouvier des Flandres

These ruggedly handsome dogs have impressive beards and bushy eyebrows. Their strong frames are muscular and move with grace and power. This agile and spirited breed is perfect as a guard dog and house hold companion.

 

Other Names
Bouvier, Belgian Cattle Dog
Country of Origin
Belgium/France
Colour
Black, brindle, fawn, grey and salt and pepper. Some dogs have white markings on their chest.
Size
Large
Height / Weight
This breed measures between 59 – 68cms and typically weighs from 27 – 40kgs.
Health
Bouviers are at risk of endometritis, ovarian cysts, hypothyroidism, lymphosarcoma and bloating.
Life Span
10-12 years
Intelligence
Bouviers are smart and quick to learn. They have the tendency to be stubborn if bored and need patience and consistency with their training.
Exercise
Medium
Suitability (Children)
Medium
Feeding

Will benefit from two small meals a day instead of one and should be allowed to rest after eating to avoid bloating.

Feeding Cost
$15-$20 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
Backyard play is all a puppy needs. Adult Bouviers will need at least 1 - 2km walks per day although are easy to fit into your lifestyle.
Ailments
Bouviers are at risk of endometritis, ovarian cysts, hypothyroidism, lymphosarcoma and bloating.
Hair Shed
Moderate
Grooming

This breed needs professional grooming and stripping twice a year to maintain their sometimes wild coats. At home, Bouviers should be brushed three times a week with careful attention to their bearded faces to remove any food scraps. 

 

 

Grooming Frequency
More than once a week
Trimming
Frequent
Both France and Belgium place claim on the origin of the Bouvier des Flandres. The continuity of this breed after almost disappearing during World War 1 can be credited to Belgian army veterinarian, Captain Darby. Bred as a working dog, Bouviers were also cherished by butchers, farmers and cattle merchants for their everyday assistance. They are now known as search dogs, work dogs, family dogs, guardians and some have excelled in the agility arena. They were officially recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1931.


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