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Traits & Characteristics


Bouviers can make great pets, if you have the room and the time to devote to their training early on. They are adorable puppies and grow very quickly into a big, loving presence in your life. In general, they are calm and sociable around people and other dogs you are comfortable being around. Bouviers have strong watchdog tendencies and can be quite intimidating by their size and hairy coats covering their eyes. Take care and everyone will be just fine.

Tasks and challenges make these intelligent, powerful dogs happy. They were bred to work around the farm; herding cows and sheep, pulling carts and other jobs that required brains and brawn. The French name of the breed means, literally, "Cow Herder of Flanders", referring to the Flemish origin of the breed.

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Height: 23.5 to 27.5 inches at the shoulder

Weight: 70 to 110 pounds

Life Span:  10 to 12 years on average

Colors: Black, fawn, brindle, gray and blonde

Coat: Double coat with rough looking outer coat of medium length that needs to be groomed regularly. Shedding level is moderate with puppies shedding more as their adult coats come in. 

Drooling: Luckily, their drooling is minimal but they do sport a "dirty beard" which can get quite wet.

Bouvier des Flandres

Your individual dog may score differently. These ratings are general traits of the breed.

Adaptability: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Affectionate: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Child Friendly: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Dog Friendly:  ❤️❤️❤️
Cat Friendly: ❤️❤️❤️
Stranger Friendly: ❤️❤️
Territorial:  ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 
Watchdog: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Bouviers are known for their intelligence and stubbornness, so early training and interaction are important. 

Space: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Training: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Grooming: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Exercise:  ❤️❤️❤️
Socializing: ❤️❤️❤️
Challenges:  ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 
Health Issues: ❤️❤️❤️

These sites provide extensive information about Bouviers and are well worth the time to visit:

AKC TV Bouvier des Flandres - Watch videos created by the American Kennel Club

AKC Breed Information - Comprehensive description and information about our favorite breed

American Bouvier des Flandres Club - Even more information about Bouviers at our Parent Club website

Pam Green's Bouvier Website - A "must visit" website chock full of interesting facts, stories - even songs and humor

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