Pet Health And Care >>  Dog Breed >>  Bouvier des flandres  
Bouvier des flandres

Bouvier Des Flandres Dog Breed Information:

Bouvier des flandres is a breed of canine that is rather large and heavily coated.

Its appearance is also quite distinctive with a noticeable beard and moustache. Historically, bouvier des flandres information shows that the dogs were usually used for general herding purposes, but they have been increasingly adopted as household pets over the years. They are still very often used as guard dogs and police dogs as well.

The bouvier des flanders breed are powerfully built dogs that have a very noticeable rugged appearance and one of their most striking features is the heavily accentuated head. The bouvier des flandres temperament is markedly adventurous as well as independent, and their defensive and protective nature coupled with a fearless attitude make them very capable watchdogs. The dogs were first bred in Belgium during the late 1600s and can come in a variety of colors and sizes.

Under good living conditions and maintenance, these dogs will live to around an age of between 10 and 12 years. Unfortunately, these dogs also suffer from a number of health concerns such as elbow dysplasia, glaucoma and SAS. Some dogs may also suffer from hypothyroidism wile hip problems are very prevalent and is normally one of the first tests suggested by veterinarians.

Bouvier dog breed have a very shaggy, thick coat that may feel very hard and dry. This coarse coat helps the dog adapt to all kinds of climatic conditions. The front legs are generally very muscular while also being perfectly straight. Proper upkeep and maintenance of the dog is very critical. This breed requires a lot of exercise with wide open spaces to allow it to run freely. The best houses for these dogs are farmhouses and bungalows instead of keeping them cooped up in a small apartment. They also require a lot of social interaction although it is essential that they are mastered by an individual with strong leadership skills or they may start to believe that they are in control.

The best diet foods for this breed generally revolve around the kinds of food prevalent in their home country - Belgium. Many experts suggest a high amount of beef cattle, some brown rice, flax and fish to be most beneficial for these canines. You should also make sure that the food has high vegetable oil content in the form of either linseed oil or wheat germ oil.

  Submitted on May 7, 2010  

Explore Pet Categories