Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Posted April 10, 2014
Harry often scared strangers because of his large size, but once they met him they were immediately won over by his calm and friendly nature. A true "gentle giant," Harry was incredibly smart and soulful. He loved people, rarely barked, and was great around small children. (He diligently stood watch over my friends' newborn baby whenever they came to visit.) Bouviers are known for being intelligent and well-mannered, and Harry fit this description to a "T." He was exceptionally well-behaved and seemed happy both indoors and outside (though he definitely was very social and enjoyed being around people). He was great with other dogs, but there was one big drawback: Harry did not get along with cats or other small animals. The one and only time he would "act up" is when he saw a cat or a squirrel nearby. I've known other Bouvier des Flandres owners who did not have this problem, so I'm inclined to think it may have been unique to our dog, and not necessarily indicative of the breed. However, it is something you will want to consider and check into if you're thinking of getting one. The only other downside was that Harry's thick coat of fur could get very easily matted. You really have to stay on top of grooming when you have a Bouvier. Other than that, I can't say enough good things about this beloved member of our family.