Routine Care: Bouvier des Flandres have a long beard that can get messy while eating and drinking and will need some attention to keep it clean. They are easy to train but early obedience and socialization are required to keep them from becoming overprotective and dominant.
Grooming: These dogs are hypoallergenic and have a shaggy coat that requires weekly brushing and trimming at least 3 times a year.
Dental: Bouvier Des Flandres generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!
Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
These sweethearts loves your company, they are sure to make a great addition to your family. Bouviers are only moderately active in the house, but they enjoy outside play and do best in a farm or country environment.
• Even temper and gentle disposition
• Bold, steady, and fearless
• An excellent guard dog, courageous and dependable
• Good with children
• Agile, sturdy, and muscular
• An excellent family dog that loves human companionship
• Needs to be exercised and groomed regularly
• Sensitive by nature, a bit slow to mature
• Strong herding instinct can lead to chasing cars and small animals
• Needs frequent attention from her family
• Might be bossy and overprotective if not well socialized early
• Can be gassy and drool a lot
Whether you are considering adding a new Bouvier des Flandres to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Bouvier des Flandres will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.
By exploring the health concerns specific to the Bouvier des Flandres you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues a Bouvier des Flandres could encounter:
Bouviers originated in Belgium and Northern France and were bred to be herding and working dogs. They were frequently used to drive cattle and pull carts, and now they can be found performing jobs like police/military working dog or as a guide dog. They are described as loyal guardians that are intelligent and independent thinkers. Bouvier des Flandres is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 10-11 years.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Bouvier des Flanders shows signs of the following:
• Swollen lymph nodes or glands, unexplained weight loss
• General reluctance to run or play
• Front leg lameness
• Matted fur, hairloss, sores
• Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth
• Tubular vomit, undigested food
• Louder than normal panting, especially when hot or after exercise
• Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen
• Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye
• Cloudiness to eye lens
• Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting
• Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain
• Coughing, fainting episodes, tiring easily
• Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating