Bouvier Des Flandres

The Bouvier Des Flandres is a large, muscular dog with a thick, wavy coat and distinctive facial hair. The Bouvier Des Flandres originates from Belgium and forms part of the working group of dogs.

Bouvier Des Flandres breed group

Working

Size of the Bouvier Des Flandres

Large

Country of origin

Belgium

Bouvier Des Flandres breed introduction and overview

The Bouvier Des Flandres was developed in Begium in the 1600s and was used to herd and guard livestock.. It’s a large dog, with a high level of intelligence and impressive levels of physical stamina.

Bouvier Des Flandres temperament

The Bouvier Des Flandres is a calm, quiet, good natured dog around the home. It is sensitive and wary of strangers. It is normally good with children and makes a good family pet. It is generally good with other dogs, but care should be taken around cats, and contact with other smaller pets avoided. The Bouvier Des Flandres should be socialised and trained from an early age. As with all larger dog breeds, vigorous exercise and excessive jumping should be avoided in the first year to prevent damage to joints.

Colour varieties of the Bouvier Des Flandres

The Bouvier Des Flandres comes in a wide variety of colours including:

  • Black
  • Black & Brindle
  • Blonde
  • Brindle
  • Brown Brindle
  • Dark Brindle
  • Dark Grey Brindle
  • Fawn
  • Fawn Black Mask
  • Grey Brindle
  • Light Brindle

Size and weight of the Bouvier Des Flandres

Height 58-69cms (23-27ins)
Weight (kilos) 27-40 kgs (60-88lbs)

Exercise requirements of the Bouvier Des Flandres

The Bouvier Des Flandres requires at least an hour of exercise each day.

Is the Bouvier Des Flandres a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes, but new owners should be aware of the size of this large dog.

Bouvier Des Flandres coat length and grooming requirements

Medium. The coat is thick and coarse and grows to a length of 3-4cms. The Bouvier Des Flandres requires a weekly brush with a soft slicker brush or good quality bristle brush to keep the coat tangle free. Ears should be checked and cleaned regularly.

Hypoallergenic?

Yes. The Bouvier does not shed, so may be a suitable choice of dog breed for allergy sufferers. You can discover more hypoallergenic breeds in our article Dog Breeds that don't Shed Fur.

Health issues in the Bouvier Des Flandres

The Bouvier Des Flandres is a healthy and hardy dog, but owners should consult their breeder about the following health issues that have been found in the breed:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Cataracts
  • Eye problems
  • Elbow dysplasia

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Bouvier Des Flandres

A healthy Bouvier Des Flandres should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 10-12 years.

Approximate Bouvier Des Flandres pedigree puppy price

No current price is available due to litters being quite rare. Only 62 puppies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2016.

Estimating how much a Beauceron would need to be fed each day

A bitch or dog weighing 30kgs will require around 365gms of complete dry food daily. A bitch or dog weighing 30kgs will cost around £9.00 per week to feed. Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying Microchipping
  • Dental treatment