Bouvier Des Flandres is a large breed with a rugged and shaggy appearance. They are well-muscled and were built for herding and cart pulling. They are very hard working, but they make great pets. They are naturally calm when given the right amount of exercise. The fearless attitude of the Bouvier Des Flandres makes them great guard dogs. Their enthusiasm makes them great companions and playmates for children although they must not be left unsupervised during play time for they tend to herd the children at times. They need extreme grooming because of their dirt-magnet coat. They need experienced owners to take control of their stubbornness and strong will.
The Bouvier Des Flandres is a large breed. They can stand up to inches in height and can weigh up to 120 pounds. They have a somewhat square profile given that they have a broad back. They have flat heads emphasized by heavy beards and mustache. They have dark brown eyes, a black nose, and triangular ears. They have well-muscled, straight, and powerful legs built for herding sheep and cart pulling. The Bouvier Des Flandres has tail set high but usually docked to prevent injuries from heavy work.
Bouvier Des Flandres is a very powerful breed packed with persistence, energy and vigor. They are very hard working since they were originally bred as farm dogs, but they make great pets as well. They are also naturally calm. Bouvier Des Flandres is a highly intelligent breed and will do well with training since they are fast learners. They are very protective and thrive among the ones they love. They are happy outdoors as well as indoors since they love to be around people. Their fearless nature makes them great guard dogs.
Bouvier Des Flandres needs mental stimulation to keep it occupied. Bouvier Des Flandres are very adventurous, but they can be a bit lazy at times so brisk walks will do to keep them in good physical condition. They need firm and consistent owners to control them since they can be stubborn and strong-willed.
Bouvier Des Flandres is known to be prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, eye problems, epilepsy, and certain cancer. They also tend to pass gas. Their life expectancy is about 10-12 years.
Recommended daily food intake is 3-5 cups of high-quality dog food to be divided into two meals.
COAT, COLOR, AND GROOMING
Bouvier Des Flandres has a double coat which is weather resistant. Their undercoat is fine and dense while the topcoat is coarse and long. The color may range from fawn, black, gray or salt and pepper. Their coat is a dirt magnet, so they need extreme grooming. The coat needs brushing several times a week and bathe your Bouvier Des Flandres every six to eight weeks, and coat trimming is advised every few months. Brushing of the teeth can be done at least twice a week, and trimming of the nails at least once a month. Ears should be checked as often as possible for possible irritation.
DOG WITH FAMILY, CHILDREN AND OTHER PETS
The Bouvier Des Flandres is wonderful with children although he may tend to herd them. It is best to train your dogs to behave around children and supervision is required especially when around small children. They would get along with other pets if they raised together. If well socialized with other animals, they will get along just fine.