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The Bouvier Des Flandres is a powerful-looking dog bred to work in farms. It originated from the European region of Flanders, Belgium. This working dog breed's heritage is highly-prized that in Belgium, a Bouvier cannot possibly win a title if it has not proven itself as a working dog. Bouviers have rough double coats that are thick and can withstand extreme temperatures. Its coat can also be quite high-maintenance. Bouviers weigh 60 to 80 pounds and stand 56 to 71 centimetres.
Have you decided to purchase a Bouvier Des Flandres? Read a brief background information on this magnificent-looking dog.
The origins of the Bouvier Des Flandres can be traced all the way to Belgium. It was bred as a herding dog, working in farms pulling carts and herding cattle. Its ancestry is unknown but is believed to be from the early sheepdogs such as the Dutch Griffon and the Barbet.
In World War II, The Bouvier almost went extinct as they were utilised as a service dog, messenger, sentry and search dog for ammunition and mines. The Bouvier was brought to the United States in the 1920s. The AKC recognised the Bouvier Des Flandres as a breed in 1929 and the American Bouvier des Flandres Club formed in 1963.
Today, the Bouvier Des Flandres is a popular choice as a family pet because of its magnificent looks and gentle natures.
Bouviers are powerful and solid dogs that stand between 56 and 71 centimetres tall at the withers and weigh between 60 and 80 pounds. They have rough-coats that complete their rugged appearance. They have a lifespan of 10 to 12 years. Their double coat can withstand extreme temperatures and comes in a variety of colours such as fawn, black, and grey brindle or so-called "pepper and salt." Its most distinct feature is its head that is accentuated by a heavy beard and moustache. Bouviers are alert with a gaze showing intelligence and bravery.
Grooming a Bouvier Des Flandres is a bit challenging since its dense coat is high-maintenance. It has lose hairs that most of the time get caught in their coats, which results in matting. Weekly brushing and combing are needed to keep it tidy and clean. In addition, the coat must be trimmed every 3 to 5 weeks especially if it is to be a show dog. If you're not confident to trim your Bouvier, go to a professional groomer. Bouviers have strong nails that must be trimmed to avoid overgrowth that may lead to splitting or cracking. Don't forget to clean the ears to avoid wax build-up or debris getting stuck causing infection. For oral health, make sure to brush its teeth on a regular basis.
protective and are quick to alert owners when there are new people around. These characteristics make Bouviers great watchdogs. They might be a bit aloof with strangers but not to the point of exhibiting aggressive behaviour.
Bouviers are great for first-time owners because they are an eager-to-please dog breed, making them easy to train. They have no trouble getting along with children and other animals especially if they've been associated since young. Although they are good with children, supervision is still necessary since their large size can easily knock over small ones.
Like any other dog, Bouviers need to socialise early to ensure they can navigate any environment without trouble.
A typical serving of an adult Bouvier Des Flandres is 3 to 5 cups of high-quality dog food daily that is divided into two meals to avoid bloating. Don't count too much in online references as they are simply guides. Check with your veterinarian to determine the type of food, the amount and frequency when it comes to feeding your Bouvier.
As a rough guide, a typical calorie needs of adult Bouvier, weighing 70 pounds, per day:
One thing to remember in feeding a Bouvier puppy is to choose food that will not hasten its growth, or it may develop skeletal issues. Highly recommended is superior holistic grain-free dog food such as real meat (e.g. lamb, chicken, turkey, beef, or bison). Steer clear from food with cheap fillers, sweeteners and artificial flavours. Another crucial nutritional requirement is taurine for healthy heart, calcium and phosphorus for strong teeth and bones.
Bouviers are healthy dogs but are also predisposed to health issues. These include Bloat or Gastric Dilatation Volvulus, Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Lymph Sarcoma, and Cataracts.
The Bouvier is a large dog with a need for open spaces to roam around. It needs regular exercise, enough to let off steam or expel energy. If not adequately exercised, Bouvier may develop behavioural problems such as chewing or disobedience.
The average cost to own a Bouvier is £500 to £800 for a well-bred pedigree puppy from a reputable breeder. Other than the initial purchase cost, there's pet insurance that will cost around £26 a month for basic cover and £70 for a lifetime cover. Whichever you choose, this will help you offset costs on some special treatments needed later on its life.
Veterinary consultations and initial health procedures such as neutering or spaying, vaccinations and booster shots may set you back quickly to over £1,000 a year. On top of all these, you need to factor in the cost to buy premium dog food that is around £50 - £60 a month. Costs for necessities to keep it settled comfortably into your home will set you back £100 to £200, such as a leash, bed, collar, and toys.
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