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The Bouvier des Ardennes, a dog with a rustic look

Under its rustic airs, the Bouvier des Ardennes hides a formidable working dog, intractable in the driving and the guarding of the cattle. This dog is mostly known for this task. However, it can also make a valuable pet that brings joy and atmosphere to families. Discover all the characteristics of this dog like no other.

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Characteristics of the Bouvier des Ardennes

It's hard for him to compete with the most elegant dogs. It's not really his trademark. The Bouvier des Ardennes is distinguished by its rather rough appearance due to its rough and disheveled coat. It has a rather fine physique compared to other Bouviers with a height of 52 to 56 cm for females and 56 to 62 cm for males and a weight between 22 and 35 kg depending on age and sex. This Belgian breed develops a massive head with a flat and broad skull. The stop is marked without exaggeration, the muzzle is broad and the nose black in color. The dog reveals oval-shaped, medium-sized eyes that are dark and hidden by very thick, even bushy eyebrows. The ears of small size and triangular shape are set high. The Bouvier des Ardennes has a semi-long, dry and rough coat. All coat colors are accepted by the standard except white.

History of the breed Bouvier des Ardennes

Also known as the cow dog in the Belgian Ardennes, the Bouvier des Ardennes developed in this region of the country where it excelled in guarding and driving cattle herds. His physique does not denote this function. It is necessary to say that because of its area of life with difficult climate, its body adapted and ended up sporting this rustic look. Moreover, this dog is able to work in the hardest conditions. Historically, it almost disappeared around 1960. Thanks to the work of Belgian breeders, it was reborn from its ashes around 1990. Today, the Bouvier des Ardennes tends to trade its role of working dog for that of pet.

Living conditions and behavior of the Bouvier des Ardennes

The Bouvier des Ardennes is a lively animal, always cheerful, enduring and lively. They are very courageous and deterrent, which helps them to protect their family from danger. Although not aggressive by nature, they can become aggressive if the situation demands it. The Bouvier des Ardennes being developed to work, it will not support to remain locked up all day long. It can live in an apartment as long as it goes out every day and gets physical and mental stimulation. He gets along very well with children. Nevertheless, the latter must learn to respect its tranquility.

Food and main health problems of the Bouvier des Ardennes

The Bouvier des Ardennes has no particular health problems. It can live up to 12 years on average. It owes its longevity to an adapted lifestyle marked by a balanced diet and lots of exercise.