The rough, tousled coat is a light shedder but requires diligent grooming.
Steady, resolute and fearless, the Bouvier des Flandres serves as a family friend and guardian. While this breed is not overly active in the house he does need plenty of exercise, so country and suburban living suits him well. The Bouvier should be brushed weekly to remove dead hair in the coat and prevent matting. A large breed, he should always be supervised around children and other animals.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Bouvier des Flandres is a large breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years.
Bouviers are "easy keepers" and can be prone to becoming overweight. Divide food into two meals per day and limit treats. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Feeding two small meals a day is better than one large meal for the Bouvier des Flandres. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Weekly brushing with a slicker brush and comb will remove the dead hair and keep mats from forming. Professional grooming should be done at least monthly depending upon the length of coat desired. The Bouvier has strong nails and they need to be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting or cracking. Ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should also be cleaned on a regular basis.
Bouviers are a large sized strong-willed dog with a profuse coat and a moderate energy level. While Bouviers are athletic dogs and enjoy a variety of activities, they do not require intense daily exercise. An expert describes the strong and steady Bouvier as "neither a dog to be taken lightly nor relegated to a life lacking interaction with its human family." The Bouvier work ethic must be accommodated, and the breed’s versatility makes it possible for them to do myriad tasks. They’re incomparable watchdogs and guardians, and eager participants in any number of dog sports, including competitive herding trials. Bouviers are best suited for life with owners who can devote ample time and space to a top-of-the-line working dog.
Bouvier des Flandres &HEALTH
A diet too high in protein can cause serious problems with bone growth. Limit heavy exercise while your puppy is growing. Exercise is healthy, but don’t let, or force, your growing puppy to overdo it. Your Bouvier will be your loving companion for years to come. Puppyhood goes by quickly.
What happens during that short time will have a profound effect on your dog’s quality of life. Contact your veterinarian to be sure your puppy has all the necessary vaccinations and is protected from health hazards that may be unique to your area of the country.