Bouvier des Flandres

Bouvier des Flandres

Bouvier des Flandres

The Bouvier des Flandres is a farm dog from Belgium. This agile and even tempered breed was originally created by farmers and cattle merchants that needed help with their work. A Bouvier des Flandres typically weighs between 80 and 120 pounds, so most will be able to use a Large PlexiDor Dog Door. Large individuals might need an Extra Large PlexiDor dog door.

Early individuals were quite dissimilar and sizes and colors varied. They had enough in common to be called Bouviers, but it took quite a while before the breed reached a conform look. The different types had sometimes funny names, like Vuilbaard, which means “Dirty Beard.”

Bouviers were very popular up until World War I, but the war devastated the areas where the dogs were bred. Most of the dogs found themselves on their own as their families died or fled, but a few families managed to stay in the area and keep their dogs until the war was over.

The breed is steady, resolute, and fearless, and make great family friends and guardians. They excel at herding, obedience, agility, and tracking. Being a large working breed, the dogs need lots of exercise and something to do. They’re fairly calm indoors, but still do better in the countryside or a suburb than a city – they love to have room to run.

Depending on the individual, a Large of Extra Large PlexiDor will be the right size dog door for a Bouvier des Flandres.

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