There are many breeds of dogs that make good family pets as well as companion dogs and watchdogs. The Bouvier des Flandres stands out as one of the top dogs in any of these categories. Living with a Bouvier des Flandres will be a fun-filled and rewarding experience.
Bouvier des Flandres are very intelligent, protective, and gentle dogs. They are a dog that has a lot of energy like most large breed dogs. Before you consider getting a Bouvier des Flandres, make sure that you will have the time to give him the exercise he wants, needs, and deserves. The more exercise and walks he has with you, the better behaved he will be around other dogs as well as other people.
The Bouvier des Flandres is a multi-functional dog that excels in almost anything their owner has him trained to do. They make excellent watchdogs as well as guard dogs. Their loyalty is to their family, but they are not excessively aggressive. They are one of the rare breeds that seem to know when they are being threatened and when they are not. You will not see aggressive behavior out of this dog unless it is absolutely warranted. He may look intimidating to strangers, but those that know him well know what a gentle creature he is. As possible as it is for this dog, they have a sense of accountability. They seem to know what certain behavior will entail and result in.
The Bouvier des Flandres learns commands very quickly, and does not forget them. What they are taught as a young dog stays in their mind for the rest of their lives. They are easy to train, but require consistency in training. If you plan to make the Bouvier part of your family, it is important that the entire family be consistent in what is allowed or not allowed by the dog. Often a dog takes longer to train than they should because of inconsistency within the family. They will try to dominate the household if given the opportunity. Once they are convinced, firmly but lovingly, they will realize that you are the boss and you are on your way to having a life-long friend and companion for the entire family. They are known worldwide for their loyalty.
If they are socialized at a young age and regularly, they will get along fine with other dogs in the house. They don't always get along with other animals that are not dogs, but each individual dog is different.
They don't shed much, so you won't be dealing with hair everywhere as you do with some breeds. They need minimal care as far as grooming is concerned. The Bouvier des Flandres is a very adaptable dog and will adapt to the lifestyle he is given by his family. They don't usually fully mature until they are almost three years old, so you may have a puppy longer than with most dogs, but this just gives you more time to work them into adulthood to be the dog you want.