Category: Herding Dogs
Facts about Bouvier des Flandres Dogs, "Scientific name for Bouvier des Flandres Dog, or domestic canine, is Canis lupus familiaris". The Bouvier des Flandres Dog is a strongly built, compact dog with a rugged complexion. He originates from Belgium where farmers often used them as a herder. The Bouvier des Flandres is a double coated dog, which gives an impression of its strength without any indication of clumsiness. The Bouvier des Flandres Dog is best known for his heavy beard and mustache accentuating its proportionate head. The Belgian bloodlines aren’t as such heavy as the Dutch ones.
The Bouvier des Flandres Dogs are usually loyal, rational, obedient and gentle dogs who may often look intimidating. The Bouvier des Flandres Dog are excellent guards and family type of dogs. With their fearless character, they also have unprecedented traits such as intelligence, accountability and even complex control. The Bouvier des Flandres Dog require well-balanced training for them to learn commands more effectively. While training the Bouvier, always ensure that, you are kind and never harsh. Once he grasps a command, it sticks to his memory for the rest of his life. The Bouvier des Flandres Dog should be socialized well by an experienced person to prevent dominance.
Body and Shape
His flat and long head governs his body profile, which is actually proportionate with rest of the body making Bouvier to have a square-shaped body. The broad and short back is characterized by a strong, level top-line. The slightly tapered, strong and broad muzzle runs parallel to the skull, which is normally broad in between the ears. The Bouvier des Flandres Dog has bushy eyebrows, dark brown eyes having black eye rims and a black nose. The average height of the male to the shoulder is 23 to 28 inches (58.4 to 71 cm) Females 22 to 27 inches (55.9 to 68.9 cm).
The average weight of the male 75 to 112 pounds (34 to 50.8 kg) and the average weight of the female 60 to 80 pounds (27.2 to 36.2 kg).
Bouvier des Flandres Dogs sweat glands are between their paw pads.
A Bouvier des Flandres Dog sees in color and have better low light vision. Bouvier des Flandres Dogs have three eyelids, a lower lid, an upper eyelid lid and a third lid, that is called a haw or nictitating membrane, this keeps the dogs eye protected and moist. Dogs eyes have a special membrane for seeing better at night, called a tapetum lucidum - a dogs reflective layer in the choroid chiefly of nocturnal, causing the eyes to glow when light at night hits the eyes and they consist of some layers of smooth flat cells covered by a section of double deformed crystals
The Bouvier has triangle shaped and the tail ears that are set high. The ears are either natural or cropped. While the front legs are straight, his hind legs are well-muscled and powerful. The teeth coincide a level (scissors bite).
Dogs have two times the amount of ear muscles than people. A Bouvier des Flandres Dogs can hear a sound at four times the distance of a human. Sound frequency is measured in Hertz (Hz) Def-Hertz is the measurement of frequency, explicitly it's one cycle per second. The higher the Hertz are, the higher the pitched the sound is. Dogs hear best at 45,000 Hz to 65,000 Hz, while humans hear best at around 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz.
Only humans and dogs have prostates, But a dog doesn't have an appendix.
Bouvier des Flandres Dog’s nose prints can be used to identify them, their nose prints are like a humans finger print. A Bouvier des Flandres Dog smells more than 1,000 times stronger than that of a human. A Bouvier des Flandres Dog’s nose, secretes a thin layer of mucous that helps it absorb scent, after that they lick their noses and sample the scent through their mouth.
Coat and Color
The Bouvier des Flandres Dog has a weather resistant double coat covered by rough and harsh hairs. Nonetheless, the undercoat is soft and fine but it is dense. When the coat is trimmed, the dog remains with the shaggy, beard and eyebrows. The Bouvier des Flandres Dogs are covered with blonde, fawn, black, salt and pepper, brindle or gray colors. Some breeds have a tiny white star at the chest.
Health and Care
The number one heath problems amongst Bouvier des Flandres Dogs is obesity, so always make sure your dog doesn't get to fat. Many foot problems that Bouvier des Flandres Dogs have are just an issue of long toenails. They can be prone to cataracts, Cushing's Disease, Addison's Disease, Gastric Torsion, Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Ectropion, Entropion, Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia and Glaucoma. They have high pain threshold giving the veterinarians a hard time to recognize where they are hurt. He doesn’t do well indoors but he needs a lot of grooming. The Bouvier des Flandres Dog can live up to 12 years if he is cared for as recommended.
If purchasing a Bouvier des Flandres Dog from a breeder, make sure to find a good breeder with references check at least two to three of the puppies that were purchased from this breeder.
The Bouvier des Flandres belongs to the Herding Group and in 1931 was recognized (AKC) American Kennel Club.
A Bouvier des Flandres Dog’s mouth can apply approximately 150 to 200 pounds of pressure per square inch and an American Pit Bull Terrier, German Shepherd Dog and a rottweiler can have 320 LBS of pressure on avg.
All dogs are identical in makeup big or small– 42 permanent teeth and 321 bones. Bouvier des Flandres Puppies have 28 teeth and when they become adult dogs they have 42 teeth. Female Bouvier des Flandres Dogs are in heat for matting for about 20 days twice a year. Bouvier des Flandres Puppies for their first few weeks will sleep ninety percent of the day and their vision is not fully developed until after the first month. Female Bouvier des Flandres Dogs are pregnant for 60 days before they’re puppies are born
Average body temperature for a dog is between 101 to 102.5 degrees
A Bouvier des Flandres Dog is an omnivore, (definition-they eat both other animals and plants). All Dogs are direct descendants of wolves.
Bouvier des Flandres Dogs pant to keep cool with 10 to 35 breaths per minute with an average of 24 breaths per minute. A large dog breed resting heart beats between 60 to 100 times per minute, and a small dog breed’s heart beats on average between 100 to 140 pant a lot.