The Bouvier or Bouvier des Flandres is a powerful, imposing dog with a massive and heavily coated head with a thick beard, mustache and shaggy eyebrows, which gives the dog a very distinctive appearance. It looks intimidating, but is actually calm and gentle. The Bouvier is highly intelligent and obedient. It makes an excellent guard and watchdog that is easy to train. It makes a good family dog, and is excellent with children.
It comes in various shades from black to fawn to gray to brindle.
This breed has a double coat. The rough, shaggy-looking outer coat is harsh and dry to the touch. It is well suited to various climatic conditions including the cold and the rain. Bouvier requires regular brushings and must be trimmed three times a year. A well-groomed Bouvier sheds very little.
This dog breed is a very hardy dog; it is accustomed to harsh conditions and is rarely ill. However some dogs may suffer from hip dysplasia and eye problems such as cataracts. It is prone to hip dysplasia and bloat. The Bouvier has a very high pain threshold. To minimize the risk of your Bouvier developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a Bouvier puppy from a reputable breeder.