AKC PuppyFinder: Bouvier des Flandres Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Strong-willed, even-tempered, courageous; affectionate with family, intimidating to intruders
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Big, smart dogs, Bouviers like long walks and a job to do
  • Good with Children: Better with Older Children
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 24.5-27.5 inches (male), 23.5-26.5 inches (female)
  • Weight: 70-110 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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This rugged herding dog is the very definition of brawn and brains. Bouvier des Flandres were bred to work, in Flanders and the plains of Northern France. Big, powerful and intelligent, they performed almost any task the farmer needed. They're also affectionate and protective with the family and make excellent watchdogs. Your Bouvier des Flandres puppy will grow fast, and early socialization and training is essential. In fact, he's a great candidate for puppy kindergarten. Take him on lots of outings where he can meet new people and dogs and get familiar with the outside world. He'll be happiest with owners who understand his herding dog temperament and can give him the time and attention he needs.

History & Job
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Origin: Flanders (France, Belgium, Netherlands)

Year Recognized: 1931

Breed History & Job Description: In medieval times, when the Bouvier was first conceived, Flanders was a principality that encompassed parts of modern-day France, Belgium, and The Netherlands. Bouvier des Flandres roughly translates as “cowherd of Flanders,” and moving cattle was once its primary occupation. But the frugal farmers of France and the Low Countries preferred owning one versatile dog instead of a team of specialists, so Bouviers earned their keep as herders, watchdogs, guardians, and cart-pullers. During World War I, they burnished their résumé as messengers and ambulance dogs.

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Bouviers are a large breed and grow rapidly. A diet too high in protein can cause serious problems with bone growth. Limit heavy exercise while your puppy is growing. Exercise is healthy, but don’t let, or force, your growing puppy to overdo it. Your Bouvier will be your loving companion for years to come. Puppyhood goes by quickly.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Elbow Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Cardiac Exam
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: The American Bouvier des Flandres Club
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.bouvier.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Herding
  • 2016 Popularity: 83
  • Breed Referral Contact: Karen Florentine - 610-458-7179
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  • Breed Club Rescue: American Bouvier Rescue League
  • Breed Club Rescue Email: natlcoord@abrl.org
  • Breed Club Rescue Phone: (386) 462-0091
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: http://www.abrl.org/
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