The Bouvier des Flandres is a pretty unusual dog in the United States, so you may not have heard of it. They’re named after the place they originated — Flanders, Belgium.
They’re a dog with a rough coat that can come in a variety of colors — black, grey, brown. Sometimes people assume they’re hypoallergenic due to their rough coat, but this isn’t true. It’s a double coat and they do shed a lot, meaning you’ll have to brush them at least weekly to maintain it. If you have allergies, don’t listen to the rumors — they’re likely not a great dog for you.
Despite the fact they’re herding dogs, they tend to be very gentle and loving. These dogs are affectionate and will bond well with their families. One issue they can have, though, is that they can become over-protective. It’s important to remain gentle and firm with the dog to assure them that you’re in charge and can handle any problems coming your way!
Bouvier Des Flandres – A Firm Hand Needed
Because they’re herders, they may be prone to nipping — especially when they’re puppies. You should teach them a firm “leave it” verbal cue and practice often, especially if they’re going to be around children. They should get along fine with other animals but, like any dog, require good socialization to keep them on the right path.
Due to their energy levels, they don’t tend to thrive in apartment settings. These dogs need room to run as well as long walks to keep them happy. Mental stimulation is as important as physical with this intelligent breed, so provide lots of enrichment for them too. This can be achieved using lickmats, snuffle mats, and other things that will keep your dog occupied. If your dog doesn’t have their needs met, they may become stubborn and bored.