Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: Previous owner, Attended conferences / shows, Books
Milton, Georgia, United States
Posted June 23, 2010
Owning a Bouvier isn't something you should take lightly. They are a great breed, but they're huge, powerful dogs and MUST be socialized extremely well and obedience trained in order to make them trustworthy around strangers. They seem to recognize the difference between adults and children, but due to their size, they can easily knock down a child. They also require good grooming. Their beard is susceptible to accumulating food and debris and then smelling terrible, so a bath and cut is required on a regular basis (say, every 2-3 months) and can run $100 or more due to their size. Our current male is now over 13 years old, ancient by the standard, but in his prime, he climbed over 6 foot fences, would chase whatever moved and would defend his home turf with a passion. When he stood on his hind legs, he was face to face with me and I'm 5'3". They have huge hearts and will be your constant companion, but it's important that you know what to expect before making this commitment.