It comes in various shades from black to fawn to gray to brindle.
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Bouvier Breed Description
5 to 8
Dogs: 75-90 pounds
Bitches: 60-80 pounds
Dogs: 23-28 inches
Bitches: 22-27 inches
Belgium, 19th century
AKC Herding Dogs
FCI Group I.: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)
Bouvier des Flandres
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.
The Bouvier is an enthusiastic, responsible and obedient dog breed with a pleasant nature. It is excellent at learning and once the dog learns a command it will remember it for the rest of its life. This breed requires well-balanced obedience training. It is very important to make the dog aware, without being too hard with it, that you are and will remain the boss. In order to avoid over-protectiveness and shyness, socialization at an early age is a must.
The Bouvier needs an experienced owner to prevent dominance problems. It makes an excellent companion to children. This dog’s loyalty is world famous. It is usually good with other dogs if they are raised together from puppy hood, but be careful with non-canine pets. Dominant individuals may be dog aggressive.
The Bouvier does not fully mature until the dog reaches the age of 2-3 years, it is slow to mature both in body and mind. It can be suspicious and reserved with strangers and protective of its family.
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. The Bouvier has a very high pain threshold. However some dogs may suffer from hip dysplasia. To help prevent the chance of hip dysplasia developing make sure your dog is on a healthy, well proportioned diet, and avoid excessive running and jumping while still a puppy as this can be hard on the developing joints. It is prone to hip dysplasia and bloat. To minimize the risk of your Bouvier developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a Bouvier puppy from a reputable breeder.
Bouviers will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. The Bouvier is relatively inactive indoors and will do best with at least a large yard. They are a very social breed, liking to be close to their family, they are not an ideal breed for outdoor living. During the growing stage, exercise should be carefully regulated so that growing bones, muscles and joints are not too strenuously stressed. It has an average demand for exercise.
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