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Breed:

Bouvier des Flandres

Group (AKC):
Herding
Country of Origin19th century Belgium
Type of coatshedding, shaggy, soft undercoat, harsh outer coat
Groomingdaily brushing, periodic clipping, hand stripping, regular bathing, nail trimming, ear cleaning
Average height23.5-27.5 inches
Average weight65-110 pounds
Activity levelhigh outdoors, low indoors
Watchdogyes, natural guarding ability
Protectionyes
Intelligencehigh
TrainabilityBe patient and consistent, can be stubborn and dominant
Compatibility with childrenchildren OK, no roughhousing or chase games
Characteralert, active, playful, stubborn, emotional, aloof, reserved, protective
Ideal home environmenthouse with fenced yard
Ideal ownerfirm, active, strong leader with time to train, socialize, exercise, and groom
Suggestions:early obedience training and socialization
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Additional notes:

The Bouvier is a large breed both mentally and physically. There are some dogs who are just as large but don't use their body to manipulate their environment. The Bouvier uses its strength and smarts to push their will on their owners. Properly trained, they can be quite fun to be around. They stay playful until the later stages of their life at which point they sit in rocking chairs and complain about kids going on their lawn. One of the best working breeds, they never really gained popularity in this country unfortunately because of their size and strength. When training the Bouvier you must work with the dog not against the dog (how stupid does that sound?).

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