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Bouvier des Flandres
The Bouvier des Flandres has a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.
The Bouvier des Flandres was first developed in Belgium and France by farmers, butchers and cattle merchants. They solely wanted to create a working dog that could also help protect the home and family. The ancestry of the Bouvier des Flandres is believed to include some type of sheepdog as well as the Barbet and the Dutch Griffon.
During the late 19th century, breeding of the Bouvier des Flandres became more selective and by 1912, the first standard was set. The Bouvier des Flandres almost disappeared at the end of World War I and again at the end of World War II, but was fortunately saved by a few dedicated owners and breeders.
The Bouvier des Flandres weighs around 95 pounds and measures 23.5 to 27.5 inches.
The Bouvier des Flandres has a long, thick coat that requires regular grooming. The Bouvier des Flandres should be brushed daily, with special care to get all the way down to the skin or the coat can mat. The Bouvier des Flandres also has to be bathed and trimmed every six to eight weeks. Their long coats are magnets for mud, leaves and other debris.
Like all dogs, the Bouvier des Flandres also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Bouvier des Flandres is mellow and loyal.
The Bouvier des Flandres thrives on human interaction and makes a devoted family friend. The Bouvier des Flandres is steady, calm and good-natured. Although not overly affectionate, the Bouvier des Flandres is happiest when they can be around their family.
The Bouvier des Flandres grows deeply attached to their family and likes to watch out for them. They are effective watch dogs, confident and protective, but also rational. The Bouvier des Flandres tends to thoroughly assess a situation before acting.
The Bouvier des Flandres is stubborn, but easily trained as long as they have respect for their owner. They are an intelligent breed but want to be dominant. The Bouvier des Flandres responds best to a leader that is firm, consistent and kind. Once trained in the basics, the Bouvier des Flandres can go on to participate in herding, tracking, agility, obedience and conformation.
The Bouvier des Flandres requires daily exercise, but tends to be laidback and sometimes needs encouragement to go outside and get moving. The Bouvier des Flandres should have a long daily walk as well as regular time in a secure yard to play.