The Bouvier Des Flandres (Bouvier for short) as its name suggests originated in Flandres, France, for the primary purpose of herding cattle. Although now most commonly a companion dog, over time Bouviers have been adopted for a variety of purposes including law enforcement, assistance, and keeping guard. These roles are all borne out of the Bouvier’s assertive temperament, and so first time dog owners may experience difficultly handling these dogs. Leash-training is strongly encouraged during their early development, as without establishing who’s boss Bouviers may become particularly unruly. Predominantly black but sometimes seen in fawn, brindle, grey, or blonde, Bouviers are of rugged appearance and are often seen sporting a large beard and moustache.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Despite being a farm dog at heart, Bouviers are highly adaptable to their environment and have no issue living in an apartment type setting. This is of course provided that their exercise needs are met, which constitutes around 30 to 60 minutes of activity per day. All Bouviers are different, for some a casual stroll around the neighbourhood will suffice, however for others more vigorous exercise will be required. As long as they are familiarised with the children, Bouviers make for great family pets, and are sometimes even known to nudge children in an attempt to protect them.
Common Health Issues
Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Cataracts, Cancer, Glaucoma, Entropion, Ectropion, Hypothyroidism, Epilepsy, Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis, Gastric Torsion, Addison's Disease, Cushing's Disease.