Ouvier des Flandres

Salt And Pepper Bouvier Des Flandres

he Bouvier des Flandres originated in France and belonged to people who worked with cattle, such as farmers, drovers, and butchers. These people were more concerned with the dog's ability to work than with uniform physical characteristics, so the dogs varied in size and color.

Today, the Bouvier is a large dog standing 23.5 to 27.5 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing between 65 and 110 pounds. She is strong and compact. Her head is large, eyes are oval and dark, ears may be cropped, and face features a full beard and mustache. The Bouvier has a double coat. The undercoat is soft and dense, and the outer coat is harsh. Colors range from fawn to black, although black, salt and pepper, and brindle are most common.

This breed needs to be brushed every other day. The coarse outer coat will catch most of the shed undercoat, but in doing so, the undercoat can form mats. For show dogs, the coat can be slightly trimmed to follow the body's outline. Many pet owners keep the coat short.

The Bouvier is a breed developed to work, so those kept as companions require regular daily exercise and need to participate in canine activities. Bouviers enjoy agility, carting, weight pulling, search and rescue work, and herding.

The American Bouvier des Flandres Club says, "We can't recommend too strongly the importance of socialization and basic obedience training." The Bouvier is a large dog who, in adulthood, can easily overpower her owner. She is also wary of strangers. Early training and socialization can give the owner control and teach the dog social rules.

This active, smart, protective dog needs a job (or two or three) and should have an owner who is actively involved with her. Bouvier puppies can be rough with small children, but older kids will enjoy playing with her. Bouviers are good with other pets when raised together. Health concerns include bloat, torsion, and eye problems.

Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC Occupation: Cattle dog Size: 23.5 to 27.5 in tall; 65

to 100 lbs Longevity: 12 to 13 years Exercise: Active; good in sports

Training: Easy; hard to keep busy

Grooming: Regular brushing


he Boxer is said to be descended from a variety of European breeds, including the old English Bulldog and the French Dogue de Bordeaux. The breed came to maturity in Germany and was one of the first breeds selected for police training there. Their name is derived from their tendency to stand erect on hind legs and box with the front legs.

The Boxer is a medium-sized dog, 21 to 25 inches tall and 50 to 80 pounds, with females smaller than males. The body is compact, muscular, and powerful. The tail is docked and carried high. The head is also carried high and has the short muzzle typical of bull breeds. The ears naturally drop but are often cropped. (Although cropped ears are required for AKC competition, many owners prefer the natural ears.) Boxers are fawn with a black muzzle and mask and white on the chest, legs, and feet. The coat is short and smooth.

Grooming is easy; the coat should be brushed twice a week with a soft bristle brush or curry comb.

Exercise is very important. Boxers enjoy performance sports. The breed should not be exercised in the heat of the day during hot weather, especially in humid climates, as they can have breathing difficulties due to the shortened muzzle.

Young Boxers should meet and play with a variety of other puppies, as adult Boxers do tend to be aggressive toward strange dogs. Socialization can often keep this behavior in check.

Boxers should attend puppy and basic obedience classes and ideally continue training. A Boxer can be stubborn at times, but when she wants to learn, she learns easily and retains training well. Training should be firm and structured, yet fair and fun.

Boxers are happiest when with their people. They are excellent with children, although puppies can be quite rambunctious and need to learn how to play with kids. They are usually quite good with other pets, although they do need to be taught not to chase cats. Health concerns include breathing problems, bloat, torsion, cardiomyopathy, and hip dysplasia.

Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC Occupation: Guardian, companion Size: 21 to 25 in tall; 50 to 80 lbs

Longevity: 9 to 11 years Exercise: Moderate to vigorous Training: Easy Grooming: Easy

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