Bouvier des Flandres

Bouvier des Flandres sitting, isolated on white

Dog Stats

Exercise Requirement:
Affection Level:
Moderately affectionate
Very protective
Extra large
Grooming Maintenance:
High maintenance
Temperature Preference:
Cold to temperate
Typical Lifespan:
10-12 years

About the Black Russian Terrier Breed

Hidden underneath its striking coat, the Bouvier des Flandres, sometimes known as the Belgian Cattle Dog, has a compact square body that combines both agility and strength, giving the dog the ability to perform a wide range of functions. It can work as a draft dog, a herder, or a guard dog. The coat is more than adequate for protecting it from bad weather.

That coat, usually black (but can be white, grey or brown), gives the Bouvier des Flandres a distinctive look because of how long it is on the dog's head. Moderately long and wavy on the body, the hair on its face, if left untrimmed, will continue to grow into a long moustache and beard, and its eyes may become hidden by this and by long 'eyebrows'. It will need brushing once or twice a week, and clipping once every three months or so.

Like a lot of herding or working dogs, the Bouvier makes a good, loyal companion, naturally accustomed to people and working with them. It can therefore make a loyal, devoted companion. With daily exercise it will stay well mannered and calm indoors, but it does like to get outside and stretch its legs with a good exploration. It can be independent, a trait which can extend to stubbornness if left untrained or allowed to rule the roost.

It is a dog that is very good with children, but as with a lot of herding dogs, it may nip at the heels of running children, as if herding them. It does like to get outside, and can be kept in a garden in a temperate to cool climate, but it does best with access to both the home and the garden.

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