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Bouvier Des Flandres

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Description:
Reserved and protective, this breed prefers to live where they can move about freely. Bouvies can be aggressive with strange dogs, and are independent but not overly stubborn. They have a double coat comprised of a soft undercoat and rougher outercoat. Because of their coat, they can stand even the most inclement weather.

Quick learners, Bouvies thrive on companionship. They become very attached to their owners but will become unsociable if left alone/unattended in a neglected situation. They are a laid back companion who love calm attention, and are perfect for the mellower calmer owner. Also, this breed is an intelligent dog who responds well to obedience training.

          
History:
Originated in Belgium. The name literally means Cattle Driver from Flanders. It was a farm dog that herded cattle and pulled milk carts. With the start of World War I, many Belgians were able to successfully flee the Germans as their dogs protected them. They are herding dogs, police dogs, home guardians and companions.
     
Fun things to do:
This breed prefers to be outside where they can run and play freely. However, do not let them "run free" where they could easily become distracted/lost/killed.
     
Health Risks:
Susceptible to hip dysplasia and bloat.
      
Things to watch out for with this breed:
People easily fall into buying this dog because of appearance. They require a tremendous amount of grooming and care. Bouvs also love to play and splash in water and mud which makes them excellent dirt transporters. Also, the dog is one of the more odorous breeds, from flatulence to coat smells, the Bouv can produce unpleasant odors. They can be expensive to maintain, for example, purchasing the dog itself, feeding it, and providing medical care.
 

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