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Bouvier Des Flandres - Breed Profile:
Breed video: Bouvier Des Flandres
Physical characteristicsThe Bouvier is large dog with a powerful appearance. The head is massive and heavily-coated, with a distinctive beard, moustache, and shaggy eyebrows. But in spite of this impressive look, the Bouvier is quite compact. The muzzle is broad and strong; it tapers slightly to the black nose. Nostrils are open. The oval eyes are dark brown. The length of the body should be approximately the same as its height (23 to 28 inches), which gives the dog a square profile. The chest is broad and deep. The ears are customarily cropped and the tail is docked, but some owners prefer to leave them natural. The weight of these dogs is 75 to 110 pounds.
TemperamentBouvier des Flandres have a rational, gentle, loyal, and protective nature. They are steady and fearless, but must be socialized at an early age to avoid excessive protection behaviour and shyness. The Bouvier is excellent with children, which makes it a perfect family dog. However, this breed is not recommended for novice dog owners because of possible dominance problems. It may like to herd people. Even though the Bouvier is quite good with other pets (if raised with them from puppy-hood), you should be careful when it comes to non-canine animals. These dogs feel better in a large yard rather than in an apartment. The Bouvier matures rather slowly, both in body and mind: it may take up to 3 years.
Coat and groomingBouviers come in solid black, black-brindle, grey, and grey-brindle colours. Sometimes, there is a white star on the chest.
They are steady and fearless, but must be socialized at an early age to avoid excessive protection behaviour and shyness. The Bouvier is excellent with children, which makes it a perfect family dog.
The dense double coat needs to be well looked after to keep it in a good condition. Regular grooming is necessary. Also, the coat needs to be trimmed at least three times a year.
HealthBasically very robust, but may be prone to hip dysplasia. The lifespan of Bouviers is 10 to 12 years.
Other interesting factsOriginally, the Bouvier des Flandres were cattle herding dog. During World War I they were extensively used as a rescue and message-carrier dogs.
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