Bouvier des Flandres

Large and even-tempered, the Bouvier breed is a loyal addition to families big and small. Read on to discover if this breed is a good fit for you.

This large, shaggy dog has a striking appearance, with an intelligent and serene personality that appeals to many owners. Despite his big size, the Bouvier des Flandres breed adapts well to living in an apartment or condo, and doesn’t have vigorous exercise needs.

Though the Bouvier does well with training, the breed retains an independent streak that can be difficult for first-time dog owners to adjust to. But for a strong-willed dog parent, the Bouvier des Flandres can be a great companion! 

Why We Love the Bouvier des Flandres Breed

  • Bouvier des Flandres dogs are very attached and devoted to their families — they’re happiest when they’re treated like a member of the pack!
  • The Bouvier is fearless and confident outdoors, which makes him a great athlete! However, he’s just as happy to curl up at your feet for a quiet night inside.
  • Though his stature may seem imposing, the Bouvier des Flandres is wonderful with children!

Things to Consider

  • Bouvier des Flandres dogs require a lot of grooming, often by a professional. If you bring one into your family, you’ll need to be prepared for this added expense.
  • When you combine their assertive nature with their large size, these dogs can be a handful for first-time dog owners.
  • Bouviers are a bit messy — that thick coat picks up dirt and debris that’s easily transferred to your home, so clean freaks might not enjoy this breed.

Why Rescue? 

Like many dog types, the Bouvier des Flandres breed is a victim of irresponsible overbreeding. Excessive breeding makes these dogs prone to a number of health concerns, including multiple eye issues (cataracts, glaucoma, entropion and ectropion), epilepsy and gastric torsion. Before you shop around at a breeder, check local shelters and rescue groups for the next four-legged member of your family!

Bouvier des Flandres Rescues

Whether you’re hoping for a furry Bouvier des Flandres puppy or a quiet Bouvier adult, there are plenty of these gentle giants waiting to find a forever home! Here are just a few:

Courageous, even-tempered & affectionate
Avg. Weight
70 - 100 lbs
Professional grooming recommended
Avg. Life Span
10–12 Years
Bouvier des Flandres near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA
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