You've been thinking about getting a dog for a long time now and finally decided on the breed you and your family want. The Bouvier des Flandres is everything you've been looking for. All you need now is to find just the right Bouvier for you and your family.
Picking out a dog is never an easy thing, but with the breed chosen, it's a lot easier. You have your choice of buying a Bouvier puppy, buying an older Bouvier, or adopting a Bouvier from a shelter or rescue organization.
Most of the shelter and rescue organizations do a great job with what they have. They usually spay or neuter the animals or request that the new owners take care of this to prevent any unwanted puppies from being born. They will make sure that the dog is all up to date on shots, wormers, and vaccinations. A veterinarian will have thoroughly checked out the dog before adoption to make sure there are no major health issues.
In some rescues, basic obedience is given to the dog before adoption, but this is rare. While the rescues do everything they can for the dog and prospective owner, they are operating on limited funds, often depending on donations to keep going. You may like the idea of giving a home to a homeless dog. While this is a wonderful and generous thought, there are certain facts that must be taken into consideration before adopting.
Often the dog was abandoned due to death of their family or an irresponsible family. The dog may have separation anxiety issues from being separated from their owners. In cases like these, the dog will usually come around with time and love. However, the dog may have been given away because of certain problems it had such as aggression, biting, or other undesirable but set-in traits. In some cases, these problems can be worked out, but not always. Don't put your family through more than you can handle.
If you are buying your Bouvier, always make sure you choose a reputable breeder that will stand behind his product (health guarantee, etc). Ask to see the parents if possible. If not, have someone you trust look at the pedigree, if you are unfamiliar with them. If you are new to the Bouvier des Flandres, you probably should start with a puppy. A puppy will be what you make him. You will have the opportunity to train him how you want him to be. And he will certainly need training.
Although the shy little puppy is always the one that catches your eye, try to stay away from him. Shy puppies often grow up to be shy adult dogs with issues that need more work. The same goes for an aggressive puppy. Keep in mind there is a difference between aggressive and active. A young puppy should be happy, bouncy, playful, and friendly. While they may be shy at first, they should come around in a few minutes. Decide ahead of time what gender you want. When you have chosen the Bouvier puppy of your choice, you can start the life-long relationship between the two of you.