Bouvier des Flandres

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Bouvier des Flandres

Bouvier des Flandres Overview

Bouvier Des Flandres are the old fashioned, down home country types of the dog world. This rugged, sturdy farm dog values loyalty and hard work. They love having a job to do, whether that job is as big as being a service animal, or as small as bringing back the stick you just threw. The Bouvier des Flandres is about getting the job done, and it’s not too concerned with how it looks while doing it. Keep some grooming supplies handy, because this is the kind of dog that can track mud, get food caught in their moustache and get dirt everywhere. They even lack flashiness in how they show affection—they’d sooner curl up at your feet when you get home than jump up on your lap.

Even though they’re a little shaggy and rough around the edges, Bouvier Des Flandres have a sensitive side. They’re endlessly devoted to family and great with children. This combination of hard work and loyalty to family can make for a great guard dog that’s not too aggressive. Like any farm boy, the Bouvier Des Flandres doesn’t love being stuck inside all day. This is a breed that loves to exercise outdoors, so make sure to incorporate lots of active play time into your routine. If your family is looking for a sturdy and dependable companion with a work ethic that’s only matched by its capacity for love, you can’t do better than a Bouvier Des Flandres.

Did you know?

The most famous Bouvier des Flandres was “Lucky”, who lived in the White House with President Ronald Reagan.

Bouvier des Flandres Stats

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Easy to train Easy to train

  • Working dog Working dog

Popularity ranking**
23.5-27.5 in / 70-110 lbs (L)
Average lifespan
10-12 years
Activity level
Vocal and protective
Barking level
Vocal and protective
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

3-5 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

2 hours


Grooming frequency

Brushed Regularly

Dog Food

Feeding your Bouvier des Flandres

Bouvier Des Flandres are an active breed that work up a healthy appetite and they’re not picky eaters. It’s important to break up their meals, because they will eat too much so fast that the bloating can actually become a medical emergency. Make sure to give your Bouvier high quality protein, this is one breed you don’t want to cheap out on when it comes to food. To put it as delicately as possible, this breed is known for what we’ll politely call “strong flatulence”. Quality food will reduce this problem, and make not only your Bouvier Des Flandres happier, but your whole family.


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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