Type: Herding dog
Weight: Male – 36-54kg
Female – 27-36kg
Height: Male – 23-28in / 58-71cm
Female – 22-27in / 56-59cm
Appearance: The Bouvier des Flandres is a large-sized dog breed. They have a double-layered weather-resistant coat. The top layer is rather long and rough and the undercoat is fine and dense. They can present in in black, grey, fawn, and black and white. Their ears are triangular and pointy and their eyes oval and normally in dark brown.
Temperament: The Bouvier is a gentle, smart and loyal pet. Because of their strong herding instinct they can try to gather and protect your family. Like many intelligent dogs they’re prone to destructive and antisocial behaviour if left home alone for too long, they may start to bark, chase and chew. The Bouvier des Flandres is a breed that needs a gentle approach, yet a firm hand when you communicate with them.
Skills: Bouviers are energetic dogs and need their regular walks and exercise. Running alongside your bike or participating in canine sports such as obedience, agility and herding are good ways to keep your dog busy, healthy and happy. Nowadays the Bouvier is used as police and guard dog, as well as a pet, in the past they were mostly seen as herding and even cart pulling dogs.
Behaviour Toward Other Animals and Children: The Bouvier des Flandres is a good family pet. He is kind and protective of the children in the house. Although not aggressive you should always supervise, and teach your children how to interact with animals to avoid any accidents. Bouviers behave well with other animals as well but as always it’s preferable raise the animals together or socialise them carefully when introducing a new pet to an established household.
Common Health Problems: There are quite a few diseases that can affect the Bouvier. Some of them are hip and elbow dysplasia, cancer, cataracts, glaucoma, subvalvular aortic stenosis, entropion, ectropion, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, gastric torsion, Addison’s and Cushing’s diseases.
Lifespan: Average 10 to 12 years.