Bouvier des Flanders.

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  1. PWCorgi

    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    I am possibly considering this breed for the future (as in after college, like 8 years) and I'd love to hear your opinions/experiences/thoughts on the breed. :)
     
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    Yes I think they are very nice dogs but I think they are a but to much grooming and I love this breed in the show ring !
     
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    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    Thanks for that link MP, it was definitaly a good read and gives me a lot to think about. I'm still considering them at this point but I really need to spend some time with the breed, the only one I've ever met was passing her therapy dog test with flying colors when I met her.
     
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    We had one in our group two or three years ago...he was an amazing dog...high maintenance, but amazing. They certainly aren't the bred for everyone...

    -Rosefern
     
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    I've had experience with a few, never owned but worked very closely with both male and female of the breed. The males are LARGE! They do have a high maintenance coat (well, they will just need regular grooming visits) but can be cut in a few styles, some less hairy :) The males seemed very outgoing, playful, and responsive to training. However, all three females (ALOT smaller than the males) I've worked with seemed to be a bit moody, unpredictable and not as personable. These are my opinions based on what I've seen and experienced :)
     
  7. PWCorgi

    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    Thanks for the input Rosefern and Sush. The whole grooming thing doesn't bother me, I enjoy fussing with my dogs with that sort of thing. Temperment is what worries me the most as a lot of what I've heard here and other places is that a lot of them are unpredictable.

    Sush, were any of the Bouvs you mentioned owned by the same person, like a male and a female. Just wondering if it is truly a sex thing or more of how they were raised.
     
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    All had different owners. I'm definately one to think that the majority of a dog's behavior is directly related to the upbringing. The females just seemed a bit off to me. Two of them (one I worked with here in Santa Cruz, the other in LA) were prone to fear biting, the other was just very timid, shy. Both of those females (weird as it may seem) had male wheaton terriers in the family that were pure joys! Those females ranged from 1-5 years old.

    The two altered males Bouvs I've worked with were absolutely WONDERFUL to be around. Just super goofy, sweet and playful. I thought the males were better looking as well.

    I was doing a little reasearch...

    "This breed needs an experienced owner to prevent dominance problems. He should be socialized well at an early age to avoid over-protectiveness and shyness".

    It could very well be that the females just didn't have enough of this as pups...who knows
     
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    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    Okay, thanks Sush.

    If I would decide to get a Boux I'd be torn as to whether to go the rescue route or get a puppy from a breeder. With a breeder I'd know what to expect more temperment wise and be able to socialize it and work with it from the time it was very young, but I'm not much of a puppy person and I think adolesence would be difficult. Then again if I got one from a rescue I would know the temperment and possibly be able to get a softer Bouv to start with.
    I'd probably go with an older rescue.
     
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    My mom's friend had one who recently tragically passed away and she was only 3-4 yrs of age. She was wonderful though. Very friendly towards people and dogs--but really loved 'herding my small dogs! LOL
     
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    I've shown with them LOTS of times as they are in the herding group..

    I've also had the chance to groom them as well..

    They are droolie with all that hair on their face though lol!!

    Otherwise, the dogs personalities are very nice(when well trained), calm and gentle.
    They are big pups too! hehe

    I like the brindle coloured ones!
     
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    There is a 10 m.o. brindle female for rescue in my area :D
     
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    This new club that I'm going to check out for working dog training for Gunnar and I has some of these. I'll pay attention to them and see how they are.
     
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    I'd appreciate it :D
     
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    my riding teacher has one shes very friendly
     
  16. DanL

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    The ones at our club are real hard core dogs. The male broke off 2 teeth by jumping up and grabbing the roof of his kennel- it's about 8' high. Both are very civil- meaning they are not real approachable by anyone but their handler. They are both very intense and well trained. He is starting the female on herding, but the male would kill the sheep so he can't let him near them.

    I posted these pics in another thread a couple weeks ago:

    Bear, a 1 year old female
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    Rock, a 2 year old male
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  17. HoundedByHounds

    HoundedByHounds Oh, it's *you*

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    I've heard they are a "tough" breed, personally.

    But as with any such breed some folks consider that proper breed temperament, and others breed a softer version that suits their lifestyle/preferences. I'd imagine finding a breeder that has the type of temperament you would be looking for would be quite important.
     

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