The Bouvier des Flandres was originally bred to be a versatile farm dog.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Bouvier des Flandres.
The origin of the Bouvier des Flandres lies in Flanders, Belgium. The breed is believed to be a result of crossbreeding between the Irish Wolfhound, Scottish Deerhound and the local farm dogs of Belgium. However, certain theories suggest that it is a result of crossbreeding between the Griffon and the Beauceron.
2) Farm Dog
When the Bouvier des Flandres first originated, they were owned by farmers that owned cattle or had something to do with farming and cattle. At that stage, their main ability was cattle driving. The Bouvier has such a strong threshold for pain that when they get injured by cattle, veterinarians often can't tell where the dog is injured because the dog is so strong.
3) Sloppy Dog
Owners of the Bouvier des Flandres state they are the sloppiest dogs they've owned as their beard collects water - lots of water. Just a simple task of the Bouvier taking a drink of water and he will leave water on your floors for you to slip on if you are not careful.
The Bouvier des Flandres is a large sized dog with a strong, sturdy frame. It has a large head which is proportionate to the body; oval shaped eyes which are dark brown in color; high set ears which are carried erect and are triangular in shape when cropped; a large nose which is black in color with flared nostrils; a strong and deep muzzle which slightly tapers towards the end; taut lips with teeth which meet in scissors bite.
Training for the Bouvier Des Flandres is no arduous task. The breed is quite intelligent and will remember any command that is learned for the rest of their life. A firm and consistent pack leader is a necessity with this breed. Obedience school is recommended at a young age to assist in ensuring that it is very clear who the boss is.
The bouvier is a steady, stalwart companion that is loyal, devoted, fearless and protective. Given daily exercise, it is calm and well-mannered indoors, but ready for an adventure in the great outdoors. It is independent and confident of its own judgment, yet biddable and willing to please. It can be domineering. It is reserved, even protective, toward strangers and can be aggressive with strange dogs. It is very good with children, although it may nip at heels in play.
The Bouvier Des Flandres is a fairly energetic dog that will require a good long daily walk or run. They should not be made to run during the younger years of development though. This could cause issues with muscle and skeletal growth.
The breed has a very strong protective instinct which is why they make a great watchdog as well as a guard dog. They are not an aggressive unless they feel that their family is threatened. However, sometimes their intimidating looks are enough to deter any intruders.
The Bouvier des Flandres sheds little hair. Its long and rough coat needs extensive grooming. It needs to be brushed almost daily to avoid matting or tangling of the hair. It should be bathed only when necessary and must be dried properly after each bath. Its hair grows continuously so trimming is required in every 3-4 months. Its eyes and ears should be cleaned properly. The hair around the ears, eyes and paws needs to be trimmed regularly.
Prone to hip dysplasia, eye problems such as cataracts. The Bouvier has a very high pain threshold. They can take a lot of contact with the cattle's legs without feeling it. This does not make them a veterinarian's favorite patient, as they cannot tell where the dog is hurting by manipulating the legs and/or other body parts. Tends to pass gas.