Height: 23.5-27.5 inches
Weight: 65-100 lbs.
Life Span: 11-12 yrs.
Breed Group: Herding Dogs
The Bouvier des Flandres loves life in the country or the suburbs. Because
it has strong guarding instincts and is naturally territorial, this dog
needs early obedience training and socialization.
If the Bouvier is going to be around children, they should be part of his
world from puppyhood. The Bouvier likes to dominate but will respond well
to a strong leader.
The Bouvier's rough, tousled, thick outercoat and its soft, dense undercoat
withstand even the most inclement weather.
The coat can be any color from fawn to black (but never white or chocolate
brown) and sometimes has white markings on the chest. This breed's distinguishing
characteristics are a thick mustache and beard.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
The Bouvier's coat doesn't shed much but needs to be combed and brushed
or it will become matted.
This dog needs a lot of exercise, such as a few long, brisk walks and a
romp daily, or it may develop behavioral problems.
The Bouvier originated in Belgium in the 17th century. It aggressively protected
cattle from packs of feral dogs and its owners' homes and families from
The Bouvier des Flandres is not suitable for inexperienced dog owners.
Breed-related health concerns: hypothyroidism, lymphoma, bloat.
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club