Bouvier des Flandres

Overview

This is a flexible breed capable to carry out many different purposes, such as cattle herder, draft dog and shield. Therefore, it combines great strength with endurance and agility. The bouvier is a compact, short-coupled puppy, of square ratio and rocky look. Its weatherproof coat is tousled and twice, using a nice undercoat and a harsh, dry outer coating. It’s trimmed (if needed) to a span of approximately 2.5 inches. The mind is highlighted by a beard and moustache, which increases the puppy’s daring and attentive expression.

The bouvier is a continuous, stalwart companion that’s loyal, dedicated, protective and daring. Provided daily exercise, it’s calm and well-mannered inside, but prepared for an adventure in the wonderful outdoors. It’s independent and convinced of its own judgment, nevertheless biddable and ready to please. It may be domineering. It’s quite good with kids, even though it might nip at heels in drama.

AKC RANKING 86
FAMILY livestock, herding
AREA OF ORIGIN Belgium
DATE OF ORIGIN 1600s
ORIGINAL FUNCTION cattle herding
TODAY’S FUNCTION security, herding trials
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 24.5-27.5 Weight: 69-90
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 23.5-26.5 Weight: 69-90
OTHER NAME Belgian cattle dog
The bouvier des Flandres isn’t a strain which may be set aside until the mood strikes to perform with this. It requires daily exercise and everyday interaction, and a great deal of them. It enjoys the opportunity to herd, but its own prerequisites may also be fulfilled with a great run, a lengthy walk or a vigorous play session. It can live outdoors in temperate to cool climates. It makes a fantastic home dog, however, and might favor access to both home and yard. Its unpleasant coat needs combing once or twice per week, also scissoring and forming (clipping for planting and pets for show puppies) every 3 months.
  • Energy levelMedium energy
  • Exercise needsHigh
  • PlayfullnessNot very playful
  • Affection levelModerately affectionate
  • Friendliness toward other dogsFriendly
  • Friendliness toward other petsFriendly
  • Friendliness toward strangersFriendly
  • Ease of trainingModerately easy to train
  • Watchdog abilityHigh
  • Protection abilityVery protective
  • Grooming needsHigh maintenance
  • Cold toleranceHigh tolerance
  • Heat toleranceLow tolerance
• Major concerns: CHD
• Minor concerns: gastric torsion
• Occasionally seen: entropion
• Suggested tests: hip
• Life span: 10 – 12 years
The bouvier des Flandres served farmers and cows merchants in controlling cows in the fantastic farmlands of southwest Flanders and about the west west plain. Apart from its principal obligation as a cattle drover, the bouvier has been an all-purpose farm dog, working also as a farm and livestock shield and draft puppy. As anticipated from a puppy chosen to carry out various jobs, these working dogs were of a number of types, colours and even sizes. This broad selection also revealed the fact that it is a working dog, as well as breeding stock has been selected by skill, not pedigree or esthetics. The derivation of this strain isn’t recorded but might have comprised mastiff, sheepdog and maybe even spaniel breeds. In the middle of the breed’s rising prevalence, the majority of the bouviers were dropped in World War I — though some functioned as ambulance and messenger puppies throughout the war. Among the very few survivors was of such outstanding quality that the strain was restored during his progeny. This puppy, Ch. Nic de Sottegem, are available in virtually every contemporary bouvier pedigree. In 1922, a revised standard further described the desired bouvier kind, also helped pave the way into a more homogeneous breed. When the very first bouviers entered American series rings in the 1930s, they sparked much care among dog fanciers. The breed hasn’t become exceptionally popular, however it’s well known in pet shows and herding trials.

 

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