Bouvier des Flandres Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Bouvier des Flandres so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginBelgium flagBelgium
Other Names
What other names does the Bouvier des Flandres have?
Flanders Cattle DogVlaamse KoehondBelgian Cattle Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Bouvier des Flandres Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Bouvier des Flandres puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Bouvier des Flandres?
$1500-$2000
If you choose to purchase the Bouvier des Flandres, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Bouvier des Flandres for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Bouvier des Flandres gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Bouvier des Flandres? How many Bouvier des Flandres are there in the world?
Very frequent: The Bouvier des Flandres is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Bouvier des Flandres Size

Size
Is a Bouvier des Flandres small, medium or large dog?

How big do Bouvier des Flandres get?

Large
Weight
How much does the Bouvier des Flandres weigh? How much should the Bouvier des Flandres breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Bouvier des Flandres?
Males 75-110 pounds (34-50 kg), Female: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Bouvier des Flandres?
Males 92.5 pounds (42 kg), Female: 70 pounds (31.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Bouvier des Flandres? Bouvier des Flandres height:
Male: 23-28 inches (58-71 cm), Female: 22-27 inches (56-69 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Bouvier des Flandres?
Male: 25.5 inches (64.5 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62.5 cm)

Bouvier des Flandres Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Bouvier des Flandres have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Rough
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Bouvier des Flandres's coat?
FawnPepper SaltBrindleGrayBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Bouvier des Flandres and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Bouvier des Flandres requires grooming on a daily basis.

Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule.

Taking good care of your Bouvier des Flandres is time-consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Bouvier des Flandres dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Flanders Cattle Dog?
Bouvier des Flandress shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Bouvier des Flandres need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Bouvier des Flandres every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Bouvier des Flandres Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Bouvier des Flandres have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
FamiliarIntelligentProtectiveGentleLoyalRational
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Bouvier des Flandres? Is the Bouvier des Flandres breed dumb or smart?
Smart: Bouvier des Flandres's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Bouvier des Flandres is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Bouvier des Flandres dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Bouvier des Flandress are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Bouvier des Flandress, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Bouvier des Flandres sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Bouvier des Flandress don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Bouvier des Flandres a good family dog?
High: Bouvier des Flandress are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Flanders Cattle Dog need? Bouvier des Flandres social needs:
Bouvier des Flandress need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Bouvier des Flandres dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Flanders Cattle Dog bark?
Average: The Bouvier des Flandres barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Bouvier des Flandres good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Bouvier des Flandress are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Bouvier des Flandres dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Bouvier des Flandres dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Bouvier des Flandress are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Bouvier des Flandres can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Bouvier des Flandres will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Bouvier des Flandres bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Flanders Cattle Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Bouvier des Flandres? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Bouvier des Flandres has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Bouvier des Flandres has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Bouvier des Flandres? How much bite force does a Bouvier des Flandres have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Bouvier des Flandres bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Bouvier des Flandres, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Bouvier des Flandres do?
Bouvier des Flandress have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Bouvier des Flandress need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Bouvier des Flandres to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Bouvier des Flandres roam?
Bouvier des Flandress tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Bouvier des Flandres have high prey drive?
Bouvier des Flandress have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Bouvier des Flandres good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Bouvier des Flandres breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping Bouvier des Flandres indoors can cause a lot of problems.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Bouvier des Flandress adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Bouvier des Flandres be left alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Bouvier des Flandres Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Bouvier des Flandres temperament with other people:
Bouvier des Flandress are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Bouvier des Flandres dogs get along with other pets? Are Bouvier des Flandres dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Bouvier des Flandress are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Bouvier des Flandres dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Bouvier des Flandres temperament with children:
Bouvier des Flandress are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Bouvier des Flandres dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Bouvier des Flandres breed live with a cat?
Bouvier des Flandress are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Bouvier des Flandres good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Bouvier des Flandres dogs get along with other dogs?
Bouvier des Flandress are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Bouvier des Flandres breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Bouvier des Flandres breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Bouvier des Flandress are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Bouvier des Flandress good office dogs? Do Bouvier des Flandress make good office friendly dogs? Can Bouvier des Flandress be office dogs?
No
Bouvier des Flandres is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Bouvier des Flandres dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Flanders Cattle Dog temperament with senior people? Are Bouvier des Flandres dogs good for elderly owners?
Bouvier des Flandress are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Bouvier des Flandres Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Bouvier des Flandres dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Bouvier des Flandres is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Bouvier des Flandres breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Bouvier des Flandres breed? Most common health risks of Bouvier des Flandres:
CataractsElbow DysplasiaGlaucomaHeart ProblemsHip Dysplasia
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Bouvier des Flandres breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Bouvier des Flandres see the vet?
Average
The Bouvier des Flandres should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Bouvier des Flandres dogs live? How old can a Bouvier des Flandres be? What is the age limit of the Bouvier des Flandres? How many years can the oldest Bouvier des Flandres live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Bouvier des Flandres?

10-12 years
The average lifespan of Bouvier des Flandres: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Bouvier des Flandres breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Bouvier des Flandress do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Bouvier des Flandres have? What is the activity level of the Bouvier des Flandres?
Bouvier des Flandress have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Bouvier des Flandres need? How much exercise do Bouvier des Flandres dogs require per day?
Bouvier des Flandress have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Bouvier des Flandres breed need?
Bouvier des Flandress are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Bouvier des Flandres need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Bouvier des Flandres breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Bouvier des Flandres? How much food should I feed my Bouvier des Flandres?
3 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Bouvier des Flandres risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Bouvier des Flandres's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Bouvier des Flandres's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and 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.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Bouvier des Flandres has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Bouvier des Flandres drool?
The Bouvier des Flandres is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Bouvier des Flandres could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Bouvier des Flandres.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Bouvier des Flandres As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Bouvier des Flandres be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Bouvier des Flandres is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Bouvier des Flandres be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Bouvier des Flandres be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Bouvier des Flandres is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Bouvier des Flandres be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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.

Bouvier des Flandres is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Bouvier des Flandres be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Bouvier des Flandres is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Bouvier des Flandres be a boat dog?

Not really

Bouvier des Flandres breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Bouvier des Flandres be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Bouvier des Flandres is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Bouvier des Flandres dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Bouvier des Flandres Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Bouvier des Flandres pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Bouvier des Flandres breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Bouvier des Flandres: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Bouvier des Flandres have in a litter? How many puppies can the Bouvier des Flandres breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Bouvier des Flandres have? How many puppies can a Bouvier des Flandres give birth to?
5-10 puppies

Bouvier des Flandres Recognition

AKC Group
Is Bouvier des Flandres recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group
Is Bouvier des Flandres recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Bouvier des Flandres breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club

Bouvier des Flandres Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Bouvier des Flandres's has great intelligence.
  • Hypoallergenic: Bouvier des Flandress do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Bouvier des Flandres is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Bouvier des Flandress are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Bouvier des Flandress have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Bouvier des Flandress tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Bouvier des Flandress adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Bouvier des Flandress are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Bouvier des Flandress are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Bouvier des Flandress are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the Bouvier des Flandres breed.
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Bouvier des Flandres's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Office Friendly: Bouvier des Flandres is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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Bouvier des Flandres Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Bouvier Des Flanders

    Jun 18, 2020, 12:26:42 PM:

    Wonderful Belgian farm and guard dogs that don’t shed. Very smart and gentle but very wary of strangers. The dog was originally was bred to herd cattle( name translates into cow herd in French.but became a all purpose farm dog.