Bouvier De Flanders.

Discussion in 'The Dog Breeds' started by HayleyMarie, May 14, 2010.

  1. Ozzy's mom

    Ozzy's mom New Member

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    fellow bouvier owner

    Hi, I just started with Chazhound, and I read what you wrote about bouviers. Did you get your bouve as a puppy? I've had both puppies and rescue bouves. I found that it depended on what kind of treatment that the adults had. as to their behavour in later years. It takes a long time for adult bouviers to trust a new pack leader. I agree also that they need to be with their people. It took Vodka over a year to accept my husband, but she was with me all the time. There are a lot of bouviers that are used for therapy dogs, and as far as smelling bad.... we find that a kennel cut, and a bath on a regular basis takes care of that. Our bouvier lives with us in a Big Rig and it's important for everyone to be clean and fresh.
     
  2. SweetAdeline

    SweetAdeline In heart with the cute

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    I met a Bouvier at a doggy event. I have no idea how the dog was, but I was an idiot. :rofl1: I hugged him and petted him and generally made a nuisance of myself while his owner looked at me like I was a crazy lady. I was just so excited to meet one! Seemed like a really nice dog.
     
  3. Paige

    Paige Let it be

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    A friend showed and bred them. Bandit has a Bouv friend he plays with and when I was grooming I groomed a few. All lovely dogs. I've had such a positive experience with the breed but I wouldn't own one. Their drive is not the type of drive I want in a dog.
     
  4. HayleyMarie

    HayleyMarie Like a bat outa' hell

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    If this is direct to me well then even if its not I will answer.

    My first Bouve was a rescue dog. We adopted her from a family that did not have enough time for her and she kept on running away from home. I was about 10 years old when we adopted her. She was my constant companion and since we lived on a farm and we had the full run of the place it was her job to keep us safe. And she did a great job. We also used to strap her in a harness and she would pull us in a wagon all over. She was a great protector of our property. She did accept our family right away but She loved children so she bonded with us every fast.

    Badger our second Bouve who we put down a few months ago was very protective of our family. We was very gental and sweet and loved to go for runs and walks in the field. He was also our coyote chaser. He was a very big suck and loved people. We called him an attention *****.

    Emme is our more recent Bouve, my rents brought her home at about 3 months old so we had to work very hard with socialization as soon as we brought her home. She had some fear issues with bigger dogs, but we have worked on that and now she loves bigger dogs and loves to play with them. She is very sweet and very outgoing. Has to be with her humans all the time

    I find with having 3 Bouves they have very sensatives temperments and they are not a dog that you can use harsh methods on them.
     
  5. Yodster

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    Hi. New to this site, and I own a Bouvier. She is 1 this mo. And just the best girl EVER! So chill. I have two sons 8 & 10, and she. Is never aggressive with them unless they are playing chase. In this case, she may nip their butts like she is trying to herd them, but never sharp or violently.

    I love how intelligent she is, and she is soft too. The hair is hair not fur so she is not an allergy causing dog either. Her " bounce" is adorable too. What I like about her is she is so chill. I can take her to an outside restaurant etc. And she isn't jumping around freaking out. She just looks around and lays down under my chair. No barking, other dogs don't freak her out etc.

    She eats a lot. Farting gets bad if her food is too protein rich, and she doesn't bark unless she is protecting us, whereas I would have liked her to bark at the front door like my (since passed) Zonacat, who was a German shep. Mix. Overall, I ran into a bouvier when I was 39' and had a 13 Yr old dog at home. I became obsessed :) for my 40th, when I started wondering out loud if my dh and I should " go for a girl" he got me Belle bear instead :wub: I just love her.
     
  6. Mina

    Mina BRT - "the black watch"

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    I won't comment on the Bouvier;
    you already know what I think of them :), but ...

    whatever happened with your Boerboels, Hayley?
     
  7. Hillside

    Hillside Original Twin

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    Welcome! You know that pictures are mandatory, right? :D

    I just have to nitpick a tiny bit though, ALL dogs have FUR. Allergies to dogs are not just caused by the fur/dander, but also by urine and saliva. I have a dog allergy and used to work at my local Petco. I would have customers come in all the time with their "hypoallergenic" dogs. Since I cashiered and taught the obedience classes, I had quite a bit of interaction with the dogs that came in. These dogs would lick me, generally my face and I would break out in hives every single time because my allergy is triggered by dog saliva.

    Back to the regularly scheduled program....

    WE NEED PICS!!!!
     
  8. Aleron

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    Bouvs are kinda neat but I've only really interacted with one in class. I really liked that dog, he was high drive, athletic and really wanted to do stuff. I didn't know there were still working lines in the breed though, I have only ever seen show type Bouvs.
     
  9. AliciaD

    AliciaD On second thought...

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    I have a friend who is now retired from the dog show/work world, but she has a Bouvier and has owned them in the past. She had a female who excelled both in show and was a good (to the best of my knowledge) representation of the breed but unfortunately developed hip dysplasia so they both retired.

    All I know from meeting her dogs is that the male is a great big goofball. He once put his front paws up on the table, lowered his snout perfectly into a cup of milk, and lapped it up without spilling a bit before getting down and acting all innocent for his owner. He's high maintenance, both grooming wise and energy wise, but he's a lot older now. She's planning on him being the last.

    I asked her once if she was happy to own an unusual breed, something other than Retrievers and German Shepherds that have less BYBs breeding them. She said she liked it, but you'll find poor breeders in every breed.

    -Alicia
     
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    Very true! Actually IME it's far easier to find breeders of common breeds that are ideal for you since you have way more to choose from. And having a rare breed doesn't automatically mean the breeder is knowledgeable or breeding great examples of the breed. The more rare a breed is, the less picky you get to be about certain things.
     
  11. AliciaD

    AliciaD On second thought...

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    This reminds me of when I was looking for a Chow breeder a few years back. There are certain "extras" I wanted with the breeder I was considering buying from. I wanted the dogs to be breed standard with no exaggerated features. I don't like the looks of the Chows that have extreme folds around their eyes. Chows have limited peripheral vision because of the average/normal folds, why exaggerate them until the dog can't even see? I also wanted the breeder and dogs to participate in some other activity, such as agility, obedience, pulling, whatever. It didn't matter to me if they were successful at it, but that the dogs did more than just show.

    Leaves some significantly smaller options, ;)
     

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