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Bouvier Des Flandres

Overall satisfaction

4/5

Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)

Gender: N/A

Training: Previous owner, I haven't learned care / training techniques, Attended conferences / shows, Books, Group classes with a professional, Friends

Quick to learn and train

5/5

Emotionally stable

N/A

Family oriented

5/5

Child safety

3/5

Safe with small pets

N/A

Doesn’t bark a lot

3/5

Health

4/5

Easy to groom

3/5

Great watch dog

5/5

Great guard dog

5/5

Bouvier des Flandres

By

United States

Posted July 20, 2013

These dogs have strange facial hair, but don't let that distract you from its real potential. This is a working dog. A bouvier once bit Hitler! These dogs are intense, hard working, loyal creatures. They must be groomed regularly. Being a large breed comes with problems such as hip and elbow displaysia.

Working with many Bouviers has been a pleasure of mine. They are real working dogs, on par with the Belgian Malinois. In training they can be tough if you don't start early because they are independent. If training is started in puppyhood, they will have an incredible potential. In my experience they are not the friendliest toward strangers, as they are fiercely loyal to their owner. This dog need daily exercise, some individuals need as much as 4 hours daily to tire them out!

Overall, this breed is wonderful for EXPERTS. Novice owners may have a hard time keeping this pooch grounded. Grooming is a weekly chore. Once training has begun it never ends. This dog will learn fast, so keep it occupied!

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