While their breed name may sound snooty, Bouviers des Flandres are anything but. Really. They didn’t have a hand in naming themselves. These dogs are large, powerful and rugged. In many cases, they can tower over their parents when on their hind legs. Still, they’re “gentle giants” who learn quickly and can make a wonderful addition to the family.
Males: 80-120 lbs. Females: 60-80 lbs.
Bouviers require daily walks (totaling 90 minutes) and enjoy running. An off-leash park is great for free roam but they’ll also make great jogging partners. If they are able to burn off energy outdoors, they’ll be relatively inactive while inside.
Bouviers are not heavy shedders but, thanks to their size, they’ll be tracking in more dirt than a smaller dog.
Barking and Volume:
This breed rarely barks, especially when trained.
Bouviers enjoy being trained and are quick learners. Be sure to reward them to keep their enthusiasm levels up. New parents may want to start with a puppy class.
Health Factors: Bouviers have a very high pain tolerance, so pay extra-close attention to their behavior. Some common health complications with this breed include hip dysplasia and cataracts. *A responsible breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Professional grooming three times a year.
Training: Basic training will do.
The Bouviers’ thick coat requires a lot of maintenance. On top of brushing this dog at least once a day, be prepared to give them regular baths and hair trims around the eyes and ears. Professional grooming and trimming at least three times a year is in order.
Devoted to the core, Bouviers love playing with children (especially if they’re raised with them). They aren’t afraid to cuddle with young kids. Because of their enthusiasm, however, there is the possibility that they could accidentally injure a child. Supervise playtime while your children are young.
Friendliness: Towards Animals
When properly socialized, Bouviers can be very tolerant of other animals in their house. The same goes for strange dogs, though they may become aggressive if cornered.
Friendliness: Towards People
Hopelessly devoted to humans, Bouviers will roll over for a belly rub from anyone and everyone–especially if you introduce them to new people when they’re puppies. Snapping or growling is not common with this breed.
BE PREPARED FOR: A big dog–with an even bigger heart–who will need a lot of attention to grooming and exercise.