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Bouvier des Flandres

Origin Belgium
GroupWorking Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Bouvier des Flandres have? The breed also known as...
Belgian Cattle Dog, Flanders Cattle Dog, Vlaamse Koehond
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
Price
How much does the Bouvier des Flandres puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$1500-$2000
If you choose to purchase the Bouvier des Flandres, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Bouvier des Flandres gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What is the Bouvier des Flandres's size? How big is this dog?
Large
Weight
How much does the Bouvier des Flandres weigh?
Males 75-110 pounds (34-50 kg), Female: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
Males 92.5 pounds (42 kg), Female: 70 pounds (31.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Bouvier des Flandres?
Male: 23-28 inches (58-71 cm), Female: 22-27 inches (56-69 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
Male: 25.5 inches (64.5 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Bouvier des Flandres have? What does this canine coat look like?
Rough
Colors
What color is the Bouvier des Flandres's coat? What color is a proper this fido coat?
FawnPepper SaltBrindleGrayBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Bouvier des Flandres and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Bouvier des Flandres requires grooming on a daily basis. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule. Taking good care of your Bouvier des Flandres is time consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Bouvier des Flandress shed? How to control, reduce and prevent this canine shedding?
Bouvier des Flandress shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Bouvier des Flandres have?
FamiliarIntelligentProtectiveGentleLoyalRational
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Bouvier des Flandres?
Smart: Bouvier des Flandres's intelligence is above average. Tricks and commands can be trained easily. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 70% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Bouvier des Flandress easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Bouvier des Flandress are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful dog breed is this dog?
Bouvier des Flandress, like any other average dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive is it?
They are a little bit more emotional than other dog breeds. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Bouvier des Flandress don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Bouvier des Flandress are loving and affectionate dogs. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does need this dog?
Bouvier des Flandress need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Bouvier des Flandress bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Average: The Bouvier des Flandres barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are Bouvier des Flandress good watchdogs?
Bouvier des Flandress are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Bouvier des Flandress will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Does this canine have an aggressive/protective behavior of their territory/property?
Bouvier des Flandress are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Bouvier des Flandres can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Bouvier des Flandres will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Bouvier des Flandres has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Bouvier des Flandres do? How big is the mouthiness potential of this breed?
Bouvier des Flandress have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Bouvier des Flandress need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Bouvier des Flandres to run away? This dog wanderlust potential:
Bouvier des Flandress tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
Bouvier des Flandress have low to average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Are Bouvier des Flandress good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
Bouvier des Flandress are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptive and easy to handle?
Bouvier des Flandress adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
Bouvier des Flandress are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Bouvier des Flandress kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
Bouvier des Flandress are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Bouvier des Flandress get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido temperament with cats?
Bouvier des Flandress are average friendly dogs towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly with other dogs? How well do Bouvier des Flandress get along with dogs? What is this canine temperament with dogs?
Bouvier des Flandress are average friendly dogs towards other dogs.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Are they healthy breed? Do Bouvier des Flandress have health problems?
Bouvier des Flandress are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Life Expectancy
How long do Bouvier des Flandress live? What is this dog average life span?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Bouvier des Flandres breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Bouvier des Flandress do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Bouvier des Flandres have? How high is the energy level of this fido?
Bouvier des Flandress have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Bouvier des Flandress require per day?
Bouvier des Flandress have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Bouvier des Flandress are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Bouvier des Flandres need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Bouvier des Flandres's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Bouvier des Flandres's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate cold and hot weather?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Bouvier des Flandres can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Bouvier des Flandres has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do they drool? How much does it drool?
The Bouvier des Flandres is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Bouvier des Flandres could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Bouvier des Flandres. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog pregnancy last? How long does it take to have a few puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Bouvier des Flandres: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Bouvier des Flandres have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Bouvier des Flandres have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-10 puppies

Advantages

  • Hypoallergenic: Bouvier des Flandress do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Drooling tendency: The Bouvier des Flandres is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Bouvier des Flandres's intelligence is above average.
  • Watchdog Ability: Bouvier des Flandress are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Bouvier des Flandress have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Adaptability: Bouvier des Flandress adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Territorial: Bouvier des Flandress are extremely protective guard dogs.

Disadvantages

  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Apartment Friendly: Bouvier des Flandress are not apartment-friendly dogs.

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