Is a Bouvier Des Flanders Right for You?
Bouvier des Flandres dogs are considered to be one of the most versatile dog breeds in the world. They are known for their strength, obedience, and intelligence. This breed is also recognized for its unique appearance and coat. In this blog post, we will cover 13 interesting facts about Bouvier des Flandres dogs. Keep reading to learn more!
The Bouvier des Flandres dog breed
is named after the French-speaking area where it was developed, the province of Flanders in Belgium. Bouvier Des Flandres means the “Cow Herder of Flanders” in French.
It’s believed that its roots
can be traced to Swiss farm dogs brought by nomadic tribes migrating through Europe during the Middle Ages. This would explain both their great size and their thick coats.
The Bouvier des Flandres was developed in the
Ter Duinen Monastery for farm work, pulling carts full of goods to market, and protecting the home and property from thieves or wild animals. It is also an excellent guard dog.
In Landmark Research on Modern Dog Breed
development, the Bouvier des Flandres has been shown to share the most DNA with an ancestor of the following breeds:
Bouvier des Flandres are extremely good
with children, making them a great family pet if you have little ones in your household. They are patient and gentle with kids, playing well with them even when the children are young and are known to have an excellent temperament.
According to FCI Breed Standard
the Bouvier des Flandres coat color can be: “solid black, grey, brindle or
overlaid with black.” It is short but dense and weatherproof, so it’s perfectly suited for outdoor life. The breed also has a thick undercoat that makes it able to withstand very low temperatures. They can be up to 28 inches tall and weigh as much as 110 pounds.
Bouvier des Flandres were first brought
to North America by a man named John P. Travis in the 1920s. He loved their looks and temperament, and did a lot to promote them as working dogs and family pets. They were recognized by the AKC in 1931.
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The AKC Conducts Dog Racing Trials
each December in Orlando, FL. called the Fast CAT Invitational. This is a 100 yard race where dogs run individually chasing a lure. The average speed for Bouvier des Flandres was around 24 mph. The fastest recorded speed was by a Bouvier named Silver Maplez Jasms Zen Cowboy at 28.69 mph!
The CBARQ Dog Temperament Research
study, conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, is a giant study of over 300 dog breeds and 60,000 individual dogs. In this study, Bouvier des Flandres ranked 43rd out of 124 breeds in prey drive. If there is a cat, squirrel or other small animal close by, chances are your Bouvier will give chase!
In this Same Research
the Bouvier des Flandres rank 117 out of 124 dog breeds in aggression towards their owners. Essentially, this means they are VERY unlikely to growl, bear teeth or snap at their owners when they are approached while eating, stared at, stepped over etc.
In the Landmark Book
entitled, “The Intelligence of Dogs”, professor Stanley Coren researched and documented the intelligence of over 130 different dog breeds. In his book, the Bouvier des Flandres ranks 29th out of over 130 breeds in working/obedience intelligence. Essentially this means they will learn new commands in 15-25 repetitions and obey the first command over 70% of the time. This puts them in the “above average intelligence category”. In contrast, the lest intelligent breeds will require 80-100 repetitions to learn and follow the same commands while the brightest dogs require 5 or less!
The Bouvier des Flandres is a very healthy
breed that lives for about 12-14 years on average. They doesn’t have any major health problems that would put the breed at risk, and it’s a strong and capable dog that can move around very well even as it gets older. Two issues that may become a problem are:
Bloat and Obesity
Hip and/or Elbow Dysplasia
The Bouvier des Flandres is a true
all around breed. They excel at agility sports, coursing, carting, and tracking. They are used as therapy dogs and and police/military dogs. They are excellent with children and can be an imposing watch dog. This is one breed that can do it all!