Bouviers des Flandres
Rugged, agile and even-tempered, the Bouvier des Flandres makes an ideal farm dog. He often tests his working skills in AKC herding tests and trials, and can also be found at agility, tracking, obedience, and conformation events. The breed’s double coat protects him from harsh weather and can range in color from fawn to black, passing through salt and pepper, gray and brindle The Bouvier originated in Belgium and most of the early breeders were farmers, butchers, or cattle merchants not particularly interested in breeding pedigreed dogs. All they wanted was help in their work. The first Bouviers were not absolutely uniform in size, weight, and color, but nevertheless, they all had enough characteristics in common to be recognized as Bouviers. Many had different names – Vuilbaard (dirty beard), koehond (cow dog), and toucheur de boeuf or pic (cattle driver).
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.
The Bouvier has a harsh and rough double coat with a dense, soft, fine undercoat that is weather resistant to withstand extreme conditions. Grooming is suggested for 4 – 6-week intervals to clean ears, clip nails, check anal glands and insure the coat and skin are in healthy condition. Spring and fall will require more grooming to help remove undercoat.
Eyes should be alert and bright. Use Opti-Soothe Eye Wash during the bath to flush any foreign objects. Check eyes after working out in the field each time.
Monthly ear cleaning with Ear Care is advised to be sure no ear problems that might need vet attention arise. Only clean as far as you can see, never further.
The Bouvier requires 2 baths. The first bath should be a general bath. If your dog is a working dog and spend a lot of time out in the field then we recommend Energee Plus shampoo for that extra dirty dog. The second bath is targeted for the need of your dog , if your dog has allergies or sensitive skin we would suggest a Hypo-Allergenic Shampoo and follow it with a Tea Tree & Aloe Shampoo or Luxury Tar and Sulfa Itch Relief Shampoo. During the spring and fall shedding seasons we recommend Simple Shed Shampoo and Simple Shed Treatment, the oat proteins help strengthen the hair shaft and help remove dead undercoat
Hot spots are a common problem for this breed, especially during the summer months. To prevent hot spots you must remove the dead undercoat so the air can get down to the skin, if not moisture will cause irritation and form hot spots; keep Hot Spot Foam on hand just in case. 3 in 1 Healing Cream should also be kept on hand since Bouvier’s are prone to scrapes and irritations for running outside, they are very active and need a lot of exercise.
Aloe Hydrating Spray should be used during the dry winter months as well if you live in a dry climate. Simple Shed and Static Spray between grooming is a great help to keep the shedding under control.
Show Dog Tips
Add Freeze! Styling Gel while fluffing for that extra volume where needed. High Sheen Finishing Spray before entering the ring to add a shine without leaving a residue. Quick Finishing Spray will give that extra harsh texture if needed.
Paw Balm should be used weekly to keep paw pads soft and pliable. This makes the pads less likely to dry and crack.