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Understanding and Training a Bouvier des Flandres

Bouvier des Flandres

This is a self-assured dog that is trusting in its own judgement and thinks independently.  However, not overly stubborn, the Bouvier will respond to firm, fair obedience from an equally self-assured owner.

They are not demanding of exercise, rather demanding of companionship, with a special empathy for children. Therefore, the breed should not be kept as a kennel dog with the exercise that is provided being as interactive as possible, preferably in the form of work for the dog.

The Bouvier has a rare quality of being able to discern aggressive from non-aggressive behaviour and is able to react appropriately. This characteristic, coupled with their strong devotion and protective/territorial nature make them excellent guard dogs.

Steady & sensible, the Bouvier also has a bit of a sense of humour and loves to play. They make wonderful pets provided they are given appropriate leadership and proper early and ongoing socialisation.

Breed Profile

Breed Name: Bouvier des Flandres

Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size: 60 - 88 lbs (27 - 40 kg); 58 - 69 cm
  • General Temperament: Responsive, Sensible & Protective
  • General Description: A versatile breed that requires strong leadership, appropriate socialisation and plenty of companionship.

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience   x      
Good Family Dog     x    
Exercise Required   x      
Activity Indoors       x  
Ease of Training     x    
Sociability with Strangers       x  
Grooming Requirements   x      

 

Brief History

Originating in Belgium, this is a farm dog that herded cattle, pulled carts and guarded the home.

 

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