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Bouvier de Flandres

Spirited, bold and fearless, yet serene (other names: Flanders Cattle Dog, Vlaamse Koehond)

Bouvier de Flandres
origin:Belgium
life expectancy:10-12 years
classification:Herding
height:58 to 69 cm
weight:27 to 41 kg
exercise: Mediumtraining: Easyclimate: Coldin/out: Outdoorgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Mediumsize: Large
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History [ edit ]

 The Bouvier des Flandres is a dog breed originating in Southwest Flanders and on the French northern plain. There is no real agreement as regards to the origin of this Franco-Belgian breed. It may be the only survivor of the once wide variety of Belgian Bouviers, developped by crossing the Beauceron and the Griffon. The meaning of Bouvier des Flandres is  literally, "Herdsman of Flanders". Originally a cattle herding dog, this breed was extensively used as a rescue and messenger dog during World War I, which nearly led to its extinction but in the 1930’s a Belgian group of this breed’s lovers joined efforts and succeeded in breeding the Bouviers back to healthy numbers. Nowadays, its original basic use of cattle droving and sheep herding decreased considerably as a result of farming mechanization but his physical and mental characteristics found favour with the military and the police forces, who use this breed as police and guard dogs and to perform military work. The Bouvier des Flandres has become also very popular as a family pet, guardian and protector. It is also trainable to perform as a tracking dog and a guide dog for the blind and in search and rescue. 

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General Appearance [ edit ]

The Bouvier des Flandres is a powerful, impressive, compact, rugged-looking dog, balanced in body and limb, that gives the impression of great strength without any sign of heaviness or clumsiness in his carriage. The body is powerful, broad and short. The shoulders are relatively long, muscular but not loaded, with good layback.The chest is broad and deep. The ribs are deep and well sprung and very well sloped nearing the rear, giving proper depth to the chest. The back is short, broad, well muscled with firm level topline. The front legs are muscular and perfectly straight with short, round, compact feet.The large size of the head, heavily-coated, is in proportion to body and build and is accentuated by a thick beard, a mustache and shaggy eyebrows which add to the breed’s fearsome appearance. However, when viewed from the side, its gracefully arched neck, strong and muscular, gives the animal a  proud carriage. The muzzle is broad, black, strong, well developed, round at the edges, tapering gradually toward the nose without ever becoming snipy or pointed. High-set, triangular, rough-coated ears are quite small but always alert. The dark-brown eyes, which neither protrude nor are sunken in the sockets, are oval-shaped with the axis on the horizontal plane, when viewed from the front. The lively and affectionate expression is bold and alert, depicting his intelligence, vigor and daring. The tail is docked, though this may be forbidden in certain countries.The Bouvier des Flandres sports a harsh double coat that protects the dog in all weather. The rough, shaggy-looking outer coat is crisp to the touch,dry and dull. The undercoat is mass of fine, fluffy, close hair, thicker in winter.The breed comes in black, fawn, gray, or brindle, passing through salt and pepper.

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Temperament [ edit ]

The Bouvier des Flandres is an agile, spirited and bold, yet serene, trustworthy fellow,  resolute and fearless, neither vicious or shy. Despite its intimidating looks it is an obedient dog with a pleasant and calm nature. Enthusiastic and responsible they make excellent guard and watchdogs. Although they require a well-balanced, not to hard training, which remains consistent in nature, they are fast learners and are easy to train. One important characteristic of these dogs is that once they learn a command they will remember it for the rest of their life. It is a dominant breed that should be aware of who is the boss. They can be suspicious and reserved with strangers and protective of their family. When socialized well at an early age the Bouvier des Flandres makes an a very good house companion, excellent with children. It may also get along well with other family pets, like dogs and cats,  provided it is properly socialized at an early age. It does not fully mature both in body and mind until the dog reaches the age of 2-3 years.

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History [ edit ]

Bouviers are very hardy dogs, that are rarely ill.  Some may suffer from hip dysplasia and eye problems such as cataracts.  They may also be prone to gastric torsion, volvulus, and bloat syndrome.

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Dog trivia [ edit ]

In Belgium, The Bouvier des Flandres  cannot win the title of champion unless it has also won a prize in work-competition as a police dog, defense or army dog.

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27.11
Dogfan22 said:
i like this dog :)
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