Bouvier des Flandres

Description

The Bouvier des Flandres is a happy breed with a sturdy build. It has a somewhat large head with ears that are set high and “v” shaped. It has a wide muzzle and dark facial features. The nose is prominent and the eyes are average in size. The breed’s coat consists of two layers. Coarse fur exists on the top layer while its bottom coat is smooth. There is more fur in the breed’s facial area; below its chin and above its eyes. Its neck is well muscled and smoothly transitions to its back, which is very strong and wide. The back is somewhat short in length.

Temperament

As long as the Bouvier de Flandres is trained at an early age it will get along fine with everyone in its family. It is a good playmate for children and will usually do fine with other dogs and small pets in the home. The breed has an expressive and spirited demeanor. It will bark and alert its family of strangers. It has a protective nature and it is not easily intimidated.

Height and Weight

The male and female Bouvier des Flandres are about the same weight. The two only differ slightly in height. The breed weighs about 69-90 pounds. The male Bouvier des Flandres has an average height of 24-27 inches. The female Bouvier des Flandres has an average height of 23-26 inches.

Health Problems

The Bouvier des Flandres is generally a healthy breed. Due to its size it is susceptible to hip dysplasia, a condition that affects many breeds. Some types of the breed may also develop entropion and gastric torsion.

Ideal Living Conditions

The most important factor in regards to the living conditions for the Bouvier des Flandres is space. This breeds needs room to run around. It can adapt to small living spaces as long as it is taken for regular walks are is able to engage in other forms of physical activity.

Exercise

Exercise is important for the Bouvier des Flandres. This is more important if the breed lives indoors. A daily walk will work fine for the breed, but it really appreciates more challenging physcial activity. An owner with a penchant for vigorous exercise could use the Bouvier des Flandres as a workout companion. This breed has stamina and energy.

Life Expectancy

The Bouvier des Flandres has an average life expectancy of 10-12 years.

Litter Size

The Bouvier des Flandres has been known to have as many as 10 puppies. The average litter size for this breed is 5.

Grooming

The Bouvier des Flandres has a coat of coarse fur. It should be brushed a couple of times during the week at the very least. A professional groomer may be sought to keep the coat nicely trimmed. Washing the coat and cleaning the teeth and ears are also grooming tasks that should be performed on this breed on a regular basis.

Origin

In the early 1900s the Bouvier des Flandres was developed in France.

Group

Herding

Color

The coat of the Bouvier des Flandres may be a combination of gray and brown or black and gray. The coat may also be a combination of varying shades of brown.