Bouberman

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66-90 lbs
22-28"
United States
Bouvier des Flandres
Doberman Pinscher

The Bouberman is a designer breed composed of two pure breeds, the Bouvier des Flandres and the Doberman Pinscher.  The Bouberman will be a large breed. The combination of the two different coats will need to be brushed and combed out a few times a week and with this hybrid, monthly professional grooming and clipping may be necessary. Both parent breeds are strong and protective and make excellent, diligent guard dogs. The Bouberman will need consistent obedience training and is not meant for a first-time dog owner.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Bouvier des Flandres, Doberman Pinscher

Bouberman Health

Average Size
Male Bouberman size stats
Height: 22-28 inches Weight: 66-90 lbs
Female Bouberman size stats
Height: 22-28 inches Weight: 66-90 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Heart Murmur
  • Lymphoma
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetes
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Food Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
  • Dental Abnormality
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Allergy Tests
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Thyroid Panel
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease Test
  • Buccal Mucosal Bleeding Time (BMBT)

Bouberman Breed History

The Bouvier des Flandres originated in Flanders and was bred to be a herding and farm dog. The Bouvier des Flandres means, "Cow Herder of Flanders" in French. The Bouvier des Flandres is believed to have been the outcome of breeding Irish Wolfhounds and Scottish Deerhounds with local farm dogs. The breed not only herded and guarded the flocks, they also were strong enough to pull cargo carts. The Bouvier des Flandres almost became extinct during World War I and World War II. It was not until 1965 that the breed standards were agreed upon by several kennel clubs. Today, the breed can be found working as guide dogs, police and military dogs.  The Bouvier des Flandres compete in dog agility trials, carting, obedience, dog showmanship and herding events. The Doberman Pinscher originated in the town of Apolda, Germany around 1890. A tax collector by the name of Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, is believed to have selectively bred a line of dogs, which became the Doberman.  Mr. Dobermann also ran the Apolda dog pound, which allowed him access to many dog breeds. His goal was to create a breed that would protect and guard him while he was tax collecting in the city.  It is believed that the Doberman Pinscher is a combination of the Rottweiler, German Pinscher, German Shepherd, Beauceron and Weimaraner. The Doberman was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908. During World War II, the United States Marine Corps adopted the Doberman Pinscher as its official War Dog. In the United States, the American Kennel Club ranked the Doberman Pinscher as the 15th most popular dog breed in 2017.

Bouberman Breed Appearance

The exact appearance of the Bouberman is hard to predict.  The Bouberman may have characteristics from either parent.  He will be a large dog with medium to long hair and he will be strong and muscular.  His coat color will vary, including gray, brown, brindle and more. The ears and tails of the Doberman and of the Bouvier des Flandres are usually clipped and docked.  Your Bouberman puppy will most likely have drop ears and a long tail, brown eyes, and the nose will be brown or black. He will have an appearance of intelligence and self-confidence, with a gait that shows determination.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Bouberman eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Bouberman nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Bouberman coat
Black
brown Bouberman coat
Brown
fawn Bouberman coat
Fawn
gray Bouberman coat
Gray
brindle Bouberman coat
Brindle
blue Bouberman coat
Blue
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Bouberman straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Bouberman Breed Maintenance

The Bouberman may have a medium to long double-coat, which needs to be brushed daily. The Bouvier des Flandres coat tends to mat so this may occur in your Bouberman. The use of a pin brush will help remove the mats. If your Bouberman has a long coat he may need to be trimmed monthly by a professional groomer. His coat may need to be washed monthly with a mild veterinarian approved shampoo. His ears should be checked weekly and cleaned if there is a buildup of dirt.  To prevent tartar accumulation, his teeth should be brush several times a week.  Most dogs need their nails trimmed monthly, less often if they wear down on their own with activity.

Brushes for Bouberman
Pin Brush
Comb
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Bouberman requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Bouberman Temperament

The Bouberman will the have personality and character traits of both his parents. Your Bouberman will be a courageous and fearless guard dog. He may have a herding instinct, leading him to chase small animals including the family cat. The Bouberman will probably not be a very high energy dog once mature, though as a puppy he will be more lively and playful. Exuberant jumping must be discouraged when young so as to not damage joints and bones. Your hybrid will be dependable and loving with his family but may be overly protective so will need to have guidance as to the proper way to behave.  It is important for him to have early obedience training and socialization with other dogs and strangers. His Doberman side may bring out separation anxiety, which can lead to behavior problems like chewing, barking,  or howling. The Bouberman’s Bouvier des Flandres side may make him pushy and strong-willed. He should be provided chew toys meant for large breed dogs.  The Bouvier des Flandres and the Doberman mature slowly, so patience will be necessary when teaching your dog the ropes. Kind yet firm consistency when training will allow him to learn all he needs to know.

Bouberman Activity Requirements

The Doberman breed is a little more active than the Bouvier des Flandres; the Bouberman’s energy level may range moderate to high.  He definitely will be a bit more energetic and “rowdy” as a puppy. The Bouberman will thrive in a home with a large fenced in yard to play fetch and to explore. He is too large for an apartment setting unless you have a green space nearby and the commitment to take him to it at least once a day for fresh air and a change of scenery. Ideally, your Bouberman should have 2 to 3 long walks per day and perhaps a trip to the dog park where he can practise his social skills with canines and humans alike.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
11 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Bouberman Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

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