Ardennes Boulevard (Flanders Boulevard)
Homeland and time of occurrence: Belgium, XVII century; height 62-64 cm, weight 18-27 kg
Description: These are serious, able to stand up for themselves dogs that prefer to live in the vast countryside. They are sometimes aggressive towards unfamiliar dogs. Differing in their independent temper, they nevertheless do not show excessive stubbornness. The Ardennes Bouvier has a double coat of wool, represented by a soft undercoat and a rough and tough outer layer of wool. Due to this, they are not afraid of even the most severe frosts.They quickly learn and strive to be near people. Ardenne Bouvier are very attached to their owners, but if they leave them alone for a long time or treat them badly, the temper of these wonderful dogs changes for the worse.
Breed history: The breed is bred in Belgium. From Flemish the name of the breed is translated as “cattle drover”. Ardennes Bouvier used on farms for grazing cattle and moving the feed with milk. Since the beginning of World War I, many Belgians managed to escape German captivity and death thanks to their loyal four-legged defenders. Today, the Bouvier’s Ardennes graze their flocks, work as police dogs, guard the houses. They also make great home companions.
Boulevier of Ardennes (Bouvier of Flanders) Games, entertainment, recreation: Individuals of this breed tend to spend time outdoors where they can play and run freely. Be careful not to let them off the leash in areas with heavy traffic, as well as in unfamiliar places, as they may get lost or die Ardennes Bouvier are very successful companions for long, long walks.
Attractive features: Ardennes Bouvier belong to the breed of companions who value peace and attention to themselves. These dogs are the perfect choice for calm and peaceful owners. In addition, the Ardennes Bouvier are extremely clever, which greatly facilitates the process of their training.
Health problems: These dogs are prone to hip dysplasia and flatulence.
Features of the content: anyone, just looking at the Ardennes Bouvier, immediately ignites a desire to become the owner of a similar dog. However, it should be remembered that the Ardennes Bouvier need serious care. These dogs just love to play and splash in the water and mud, often getting dirty from head to toe. To top it off, a rather unpleasant, heavy smell emanates from them, the cause of which is not too well-groomed wool, along with the processes of flatulence in the intestines. To keep them – taking into account not only the cost of the dog itself, but also the cost of feeding and medical assistance is expensive.
Miscellaneous: Ardenne Bouvier are big working dogs, in the nature of which aggressiveness can appear if puppies are obtained from an unscrupulous breeder of the breed.