Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Posted September 29, 2015
I've had two different bouvier's with two very different personalities, but I'll focus on my most recent for the purposes of this review.
Bouvier's (if you don't already know) are huge dogs. This means they need a ton of space to run and play. These are definitely not apartment dogs.
My bouvier was raised on an acreage, so there was never a shortage of places for him to explore.
As anyone with a large dog knows, it takes a lot more planning (and uncomfortable squeezing) to take them anywhere that requires a vehicle.
Unless you have a mini-van or SUV, trips to the dog park, vet visits or vacations will be characterized by being intentionally squashed or scratched by big paws and enjoy eau de smelly dog.
Expanding on my last point, yes bouviers smell, bad. They have very shaggy thick fur, which unless you groom and bathe them every day, is going to develop a bit of an odor. Like any dog, bouviers love gross things. Rolling in it, eating it, bringing it back to you. It's going to happen.
Despite this having a bouvier is worth it. They are often called "gentle giants" for good reason. They are incredibly intelligent and fiercely loyal.
Bearing in mind that every dog has a unique personality, bouviers for the most part are very easy going and adore being around their people.
My bouvier is extremely submissive and shy, sometimes on the verge of anxiety, but despite this he's still the sweetest dog you could ask for.
Bouviers can be great guard dogs if they're trained for it (or sometimes even if they're not). As stated before they are very loyal to their human families, but can have quite an intimidating presence to anyone they don't know.
Though this has some benefits it can also be challenging. You need to always be aware of how the dog is behaving, especially when they are approached by someone they don't know.
All in all bouviers are an excellent family dog. They're gentle with kids and usually get along with other pets. They are intelligent and very amusing to watch.
However before adopting it is wise to educate yourself on the breed and sure you're aware of the challenges their size brings.