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Bouvier des Flandres vs Bouvier des Ardennes vs Golden Retriever – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Bouvier des Flandres vs Bouvier des Ardennes vs Golden Retriever" Compare Bouvier des Flandres and Bouvier des Ardennes. Which is better: Bouvier des Flandres or Bouvier des Ardennes or Golden Retriever?
Name Bouvier des Flandres Bouvier des Ardennes Golden Retriever
OriginsBelgium Belgium Scotland
Group Working Dogs Working Dogs Gun Dog
Popularity Rank852983
Reviews106
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Other Names Belgian Cattle Dog, Flanders Cattle Dog, Vlaamse Koehond Ardennes Cattle Dog Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Herding breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
No set American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Price $1500-$2000 $500-$600 $1000-$2000

General Appearance - Bouvier des Flandres vs Bouvier des Ardennes vs Golden Retriever

Size Large Large
Medium
Large
Weight Males 75-110 pounds (34-50 kg), Female: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg) Male: 62–77 pounds (28–35 kg), Female: 49–62 pounds (22–28 kg) Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg)
Avg. Weight Males 92.5 pounds (42 kg), Female: 70 pounds (31.5 kg) Male: 62–77 pounds (28–35 kg), Female: 49–62 pounds (22–28 kg) Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg)
Height Male: 23-28 inches (58-71 cm), Female: 22-27 inches (56-69 cm) Male: 22–25 inches (55–63 cm), Female: 20–22 inches (51–57 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 25.5 inches (64.5 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62.5 cm) Male: 22–25 inches (55–63 cm), Female: 20–22 inches (51–57 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Bouvier des Flandres vs Bouvier des Ardennes vs Golden Retriever

Coat Rough Double Silky
Wavy
Shiny
Straight
Colors Fawn
Pepper
Salt
Brindle
Gray
Black
Fawn
Grey
Black
Golden
Light
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Advanced: The Bouvier des Ardennes requires a lot of grooming.
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Bouvier des Flandress shed moderately.
Bouvier des Ardenness shed above average.
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Bouvier des Flandres vs Bouvier des Ardennes vs Golden Retriever

Temperament Familiar
Intelligent
Protective
Gentle
Loyal
Rational
Adaptable
Obstinate
Curious
Playful
Confident
Intelligent
Reliable
Friendly
Kind
Trustworthy
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Bouvier des Flandres's has great intelligence.
Smart: Bouvier des Ardennes's has great intelligence.
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Bouvier des Flandress are quite easy to train.
Bouvier des Ardenness are easy to train.
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
Playfulness
Bouvier des Flandress, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Bouvier des Ardenness, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Bouvier des Ardenness have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Golden Retrievers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Bouvier des Flandress are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Bouvier des Ardenness are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Golden Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Bouvier des Flandress need for social interaction is average.
Bouvier des Ardenness need for social interaction is average.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Bouvier des Flandres barks occasionally.
Average: The Bouvier des Ardennes barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Bouvier des Flandress are one of the best watchdogs.
Bouvier des Ardenness are average watchdogs.
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Bouvier des Flandress are extremely protective guard dogs.
Bouvier des Ardenness are average defenders.
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Bouvier des Flandres has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Bouvier des Ardennes has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Bouvier des Flandress have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Bouvier des Ardenness have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Golden Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Bouvier des Flandress tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the Bouvier des Ardennes is strong enough to escape from home.
Golden Retrievers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Bouvier des Flandress have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Bouvier des Ardenness have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Golden Retrievers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
Bouvier des Flandress are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Bouvier des Ardenness are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Bouvier des Flandress adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Bouvier des Ardenness adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Golden Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Golden Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Bouvier des Flandres vs Bouvier des Ardennes vs Golden Retriever

Stranger Friendly
Bouvier des Flandress are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Bouvier des Ardenness are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Bouvier des Flandress are very kid-friendly dogs.
Bouvier des Ardenness are kid-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Bouvier des Flandress are average friendly towards cats.
Bouvier des Ardenness are average friendly towards cats.
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Bouvier des Flandress are average friendly towards other dogs.
Bouvier des Ardenness are average friendly towards other dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Bouvier des Flandres is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Bouvier des Ardennes is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Golden Retriever is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Bouvier des Flandress are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Bouvier des Ardenness are usually recommended for elderly people.
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Bouvier des Flandress are generally with other pets.
Bouvier des Ardenness are generally with other pets.
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Bouvier des Flandress are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Bouvier des Ardenness are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Golden Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Bouvier des Flandres breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Bouvier des Ardennes breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Golden Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Bouvier des Flandres vs Bouvier des Ardennes vs Golden Retriever

Health Issues
The Bouvier des Flandres is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Bouvier des Ardennes is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Golden Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Cataracts
Elbow Dysplasia
Glaucoma
Heart Problems
Hip Dysplasia
No set Allergies
Bloat
Cataracts
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hemangiosarcoma
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Osteosarcoma
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 12-14 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No No
Energy Level
Bouvier des Flandress have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Bouvier des Ardenness have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Bouvier des Flandress have an average exercise need.
Bouvier des Ardenness have an average exercise need.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Bouvier des Flandress are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Bouvier des Ardenness sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day. 3 to 5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Bouvier des Flandres can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Bouvier des Flandres has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Bouvier des Ardennes has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Bouvier des Flandres is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Bouvier des Ardennes is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Golden Retriever drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.

Reproducibility - Bouvier des Flandres vs Bouvier des Ardennes vs Golden Retriever

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 5-10 puppies 4-6 puppies 5-10 puppies

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