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The Bouvier des Flandres, a dog with the airs of big teddy bears

Don't be fooled by his big teddy bear look under his thick tuft of hair. The Bouvier des Flandres is a very dynamic dog that needs a lot of physical exercise: the perfect companion for sporting families, especially since this dog has a lot of love to give.

Characteristics of the Bouvier des Flandres

Belonging to the family of sheepdogs and cattle dogs, the Bouvier des Flandres is a large dog measuring 59 to 65 cm for females and 62 to 68 cm for males, with a weight ranging from 27 to 40 kg depending on the sex. It is an animal with a stocky, powerful and graceful body. Despite this imposing physiognomy, it does not develop any heaviness. It has a head which seems massive, but which finally, remains proportional to the rest of the body.

The Bouvier des Flandres des Flandres has a beard and a moustache that give it a cheerful and sympathetic look. His head is haloed by two triangular ears, half-long, round at the ends, which are set high. They fall on the cheeks when they are whole. The eyes for their part are of dark color and oval shape. All the beauty of the Bouvier des Flandres lies in its semi-long, dry, rough and abundant coat. The standard authorizes several colors of coats in particular coal, brindle, gray or black.

History of the Bouvier des Flandres breed

The Bouvier des Flandres comes from the region of Flanders located between Belgium, France and the Netherlands. However, its origins remain rather unclear. In France, it is said to be a cross between the ancestor of the Berger de Beauce and a Griffon. In Belgium, however, it would be a descendant of the Bouvier de Roules. Faced with all these polemics, the International Canine Federation (FCI) finally decided that the Bouvier des Flandres would have both Belgian and French origins. Initially, it was mainly used for the surveillance of cattle herds. In particular, it ensures their protection against predators at night. Today, thanks to its olfactory qualities, its physical capacities and its instinct, it has become the ally of the forces of law and order in the work of tracking.

Necessary living conditions and behaviour of the Bouvier des Flandres

The Bouvier des Flandres is an intelligent animal with a balanced character. It is faithful, affectionate and develops a strong instinct of protection and courage. This is why it excels as a guard dog. As he is reasoned and calm, he is perfectly able to evolve in an environment with children. To become obedient, he needs a gentle and firm education. Note that this dog is reserved towards strangers. He also has difficulty to bear solitude. In addition, it is an animal that needs to get as much physical exercise as possible. Going jogging in the morning with his owners will do him a lot of good.

Diet and main health problems of the Bouvier des Flandres

The Bouvier des Flandres needs a rich and varied diet based on tripe, meat, pasta, rice, cereals and vegetables. He can also eat industrial food as long as it is of excellent quality. On the health side, it is necessary to watch out for stomach torsion and hip dysplasia.