Bouvier Des Flandres – The Bushy-Haired Herding Dog (BDHF) is a breed with a long history. It was first described by the French naturalist Jean Baptiste de la Barre in 1753. According to him, it originated from the Belgian shepherd dog called Bouviers des Flées which had been bred in Belgium since ancient times. The name “Bushy-haired” refers to its hairiness and their curly tails. The BDHF is one of the most popular breeds in the world today.
The BDHF was originally bred for herding livestock and other animals but nowadays they are used for various purposes such as police dogs, search and rescue dogs, military dogs, guard dogs etc. They have become very popular because of their good appearance and excellent performance qualities. One of these is their ability to learn new things quickly. Another reason why they became so popular is due to their high level of obedience.
There are two main types of BDHF: Border Collies and Standard Poodles. Both are equally valued for their abilities but there are some differences between them. For example, Border collie’s tend to be smaller than standard poodle’s and they tend to weigh less too.
Bouviers des Flandres is a working dog and they are bred primarily for their working skills. However, over the years, some people have started to breed Bouviers des Flandres as pets.
The breed was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1945 but it did not gain recognition by the United Kennel Club until 1995. It is still classified as a rare breed in America.
The breed has also been recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club (1945), the American Rare Breed Association (1956), the National Canine Registry (1961). The first written description of this dog was in 1883. It was also described in a written document by a French officer called Captain Duthuit in 1885. The first picture of the dog was drawn by Edouard Louis Vuillin in 1888.
Due to their large size, these dogs do not do well in small places. These dogs need a lot of space and freedom to move around. It is, therefore, not a good idea to keep it in an apartment. They are working dogs and need a lot of exercise.
Without proper exercise, they tend to get bored and start getting into trouble. They have high levels of energy and are very playful too. They should be given tasks and activities to perform during the day. Otherwise, boredom may cause them to get into trouble. They have a powerful instinct to herd. Herding is an instinct which these dogs have inherited from their ancestors. If they are not given proper things to do, they may start herding humans or other animals or objects nearby such as children or toys. These dogs are protective of their territory and make excellent guard dogs. They can sense when someone is approaching your property and will let you know in no uncertain terms. They are very loyal to their owners and will not tolerate anyone they do not know entering their territory. They are quick to bark at anything that they sense as a threat. These dogs are natural guardians. They have a deep desire to guard and protect their loved ones. They will, therefore, make excellent guard dogs but due to their large size, they are best suited to guarding properties rather than people.
Bouviers are intelligent dogs with strong herding instincts. They are easy to train as long as their trainer has a strong will and is able to show who is the boss. They need firm, consistent, fair and encouraging leadership. They respond very well to this type of training.
They are quick to learn but they do not forget things easily. These dogs are very obedient when they know their leader is someone they respect and admire. They need a lot of physical and mental stimulation. If they do not get enough to do, they will become bored and start finding their own ways to amuse themselves. These dogs are notorious for chewing through walls and doors when they get bored. Due to their strong herding instinct, these dogs should never be left alone with livestock or small animals as they may attempt to herd them. Herding is an instinct that is strong in these dogs.
Long walks, jogging, hiking, fetch, and carting are all activities that these dogs enjoy. They need a lot of exercise or they will simply destroy your home to find something to do. They also need a lot of leadership, guidance and rules to follow. Without these things they will become bored and start getting into trouble.
They have strong herding instincts so care should be taken when they are near small animals such as rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs. It is best to always keep these dogs on a leash when in public. This is mainly for their safety as their size makes them less maneuverable and quick than smaller dogs and they may also startle easily. Due to their large size, these dogs are prone to hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. They are also more prone to eye issues. It is important that they are taken to regular check-ups so that any health issues can be detected early and treated.
These dogs have lovely temperaments with sweet, gentle and affectionate natures. They are very kind and make excellent family dogs, especially with children. They love human company and thrive when they are part of a family unit. These dogs have strong protective instincts so will react whenever someone they love is threatened in any way.
This may cause them to act in an aggressive manner towards strangers. They enjoy being around people and do not do well if kept isolated for long periods of time. They are happiest when they are close to their family. The Bouvier des Flandres is best suited to a home where there is someone at home most of the time.
These dogs need regular exercise and plenty of mental stimulation. They excel at carting, pulling, hunting, herding and guarding. The perfect home for this breed is one where they have a person with them most of the time and one where they can spend plenty of time in the great outdoors.
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