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Bouvier des Flandres

Bouvier des Flandres

Other Names: Bouvier, Belgian Cattle Dog
Country of Origin: Belgium/France
Dog Group: Working Dog

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The exact origins of this breed are unknown but from the 1600's all dogs working with cattle were called 'bouviers' (bovine herder) and each region throughout the area had its own name and type. These dogs were prized as drovers and guardians. During World War 1 the Bouviers were almost decimated and many of the rarer types were lost altogether. The only two to survive were the Bouvier des Flandres and the Bouvier de Ardennes. Both France and Belgium claim origin of the Flandres dog. A Belgian army veterinarian, Captain Darby, can be credited with ensuring the continuity of the breed throughout the war years. His outstanding champion, named Champion Nic de Sittengen, won many competitions and proved himself to be of value as a sire. Most of the modern pedigrees trace back to him.

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Rough, strong and compact, Bouviers des Flandres have a rugged appearance with beards, moustaches, and bushy eyebrows. They give the impression of power, having strongly muscled limbs, but do not give any signs of clumsiness. They have an abundant, harsh coat which is unkempt-looking. Their movement is free and easy but, at the same time, powerful and driving.

Size Large
Colour Bouviers come in black, fawn, brindle, salt and pepper and grey. Some may have white on the chest.
Coat Length Medium Long
Age Expectancy Bouviers can be expected to live 11 or 12 years.
Weight/Height Range Bitches measure between 59 to 65cms at the withers and weigh between 27 to 35kgs. Dogs measure between 62 to 68cms and weigh between 35 to 40kgs.

Due to the almost extinction of this breed after World War 11, close breeding has caused reproductive complications i.e. endometritis and ovarian cysts. Bouviers are, however, relatively hardy dogs, nearly free of Hip Dysplasia and other common conditions. Hypothyroidism and lymphosarcoma have been reported, albeit in small numbers.

Common ailments: Endocrine - Hypothyroidism, Lymphosarcoma, Ovarian Cysts, Stomach - Gastric dilation (Bloat)
Breed Classification This breed belongs to the working group. They are used as companions, as guard dogs and see in the show-ring.

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Food Cost $15 to $20
Other Expenses Once bought, apart from 2 visits to a professional groomer per year, there should be little expenditure.

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Despite their forbidding appearances, Bouviers have stable temperaments and amiable dispositions making them ideal family pets. They can and will protect their families and homes. They are quiet, calm and sensible in the house and are obedient and affectionate with their masters. They are somewhat reserved with strangers but never aggressive. If socialised early on, they will accept other dogs and household pets.

Intelligence This is an intelligent breed which understands rapidly the task in hand and performs it with devotion. However, they can be stubborn dogs and the owner must be in control to ensure discipline is maintained.
Energy Medium
Suitability for Children High
Tendency to Bark Low
Overall Exercise Requirement As puppies, Bouviers will get enough exercise running about their own gardens. Once adults, they are very adaptable to family circumstances, but should be given at least 1 or 2 Kmss walking per day.
Suitability as a Guard Dog High
Ease of Transportation High
Level of Aggression Medium
Other Animal Compatibility Medium

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This breed has an abundant, coarse outer coat that should be kept at about 1 1/2 to 2 inches long. The undercoat is close and dense. Bouviers should be groomed at least three times a week with particular attention being paid to their beards and moustaches to ensure they are kept free of food particles. It is important to ensure the undercoat is kept matt-free for the comfort of the dog. The outer coat should be stripped at least twice a year during their moulting seasons.

Grooming Requirements More than once a week
Trimming Required Frequent
Amount of hair shed Moderate
Avg. 4.0 / Ratings: 12

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