The Bouvier des Flandres is a protective, loyal, and gentle breed. When they are young they can be extremely rambunctious, but they develop into mellow and attentive companions. They are known to be patient with children and love being surrounded by their family. These fluffy gentle giants require lots of daily exercise and tons of love and attention.
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Top 10 Facts:
1. One Bouvier bit the hand of Adolf Hitler. After this encounter, Hitler announced that all Bouviers were to be exterminated. Fortunately, farmers and other Bouvier owners hid their dogs away to keep them from becoming extinct!
2. Some famous PetParents of the Bouvier are President Ronald Reagan, Diane Keaton, and Goldie Hawn.
3. Bouviers were very useful in both World War I and World War II as trench dogs and as ambulance dogs who could find wounded soldiers.
4. This breed is happiest when they are given a job to do and are known to have an extremely high work ethic.
5. Their name literally translates to the “Cow Herder of Flanders.” They were originally bred as farm dogs who could aid in all types of farm work including herding sheep, driving cattle, and pulling carts.
6. On the grooming front, the Bouvier is pretty high maintenance. Their fluffy coats require regular grooming and brushing.
7. Bouvier des Flandres have an average lifespan of about 12 years.
8. Because they are so fiercely loyal and protective of their family, they may be a bit standoffish with strangers.
9. They need a lot of space, and apartment life is not an option.
10. These dogs need lots of consistent training, but they do not respond well to negative reinforcement. Gentle but firm owners are exactly what a Bouvier needs.