Bouvador

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55-90 lbs
22-28"
United States
Bouvier des Flandres
Labrador Retriever

The Bouvador is a designer breed, a combination of two pure breeds, the Bouvier des Flandres and the Labrador Retriever.  The Bouvador will be a large breed. Athletic and intelligent, this hybrid enjoys having work to do. He is a strong muscular dog who can get the job done and is happy to relax at the end of the day. He can be assertive but does respond well with the appropriate training. The Bouvador is not a dog for someone looking for their first dog. He is best suited to an active household with plenty of area for him to live in.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Bouvier des Flandres, Labrador Retriever

Bouvador Health

Average Size
Male Bouvador size stats
Height: 22-28 inches Weight: 55-90 lbs
Female Bouvador size stats
Height: 22-28 inches Weight: 55-90 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Cataracts
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Hemolytic Anemia
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Diabetes
  • Cushing's Disease
  • Food Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Dental Problems
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Elimination Diet

Bouvador Breed History

Because the Bouvador is a modern breed, their documented history is limited.  The parent, the Bouvier des Flandres, originated in Flanders and was bred to be a herding and farm dog in the 1700s.  Local monks are believed to be the earliest breeders of the Bouvier des Flandres.  The monks at Ter Duinen monastery bred local farm dogs with Irish Wolfhounds and Scottish Deerhounds. The Bouvier des Flandres means, "Cow Herder of Flanders" in French. The breed not only herded and protected the flocks from predators, they also were strong enough to pull cargo carts.  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 also compete in dog agility trials, carting, obedience, dog showmanship and herding events. The Labrador Retriever originated on the island of Newfoundland, off the coast of Canada. They were originally called the St. John's dog, after the capital city of Newfoundland. The Labrador Retriever is believed to be a direct ancestor of the Avon.  The Avon was a breed that originated in Newfoundland and was used for hunting and as a draft dog.  It is believed that the first direct descendants of the Labrador were exported into England in 1820. During the 1880s, the 3rd Earl of Malmesbury, the 6th Duke of Buccleuch and the 12th Earl of Home developed the first standards of the breed. Today’s Labrador makes an excellent hunting dog, therapy dog, search and rescue dog and service dog. He is highly trainable and excellent in agility and obedience competitions.

Bouvador Breed Appearance

The Bouvador will have characteristics of both his parents.  He will be a large, strong and muscular dog and may have the Labrador’s web feet which will allow him to excel in the water. His head may be broad with a wide muzzle that could have flared nostrils, typical of the Bouvier des Flandres parent.  His his eyes will be dark and alert.  He will have a dense medium to long coat. Thick and perhaps water repellent as is the Labrador Retriever's, colors will include brown and black, and possibly even brindle.  The Bouvador will have drop ears and his tail will most likely be long and wide. 

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

Bouvador Breed Maintenance

The Bouvador may have a dense medium to long double-coat, which will need to be brushed regularly. The Bouvier des Flandres coat tends to mat therefore, this may occur in the Bouvador. A very important part of the maintenance routine of the Bouvador will be checking the ears for excessive moisture and dirt. As your hybrid will love the water and will be active when outside, the combination of moisture and dirt can lead to smelly dirty ears, the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and infection. The Bouvier parent can have sensitive skin so be certain to check for redness as you brush and clean your pet. This active hybrid may wear his nails down naturally but if not, trim them every two weeks. Don't forget care of the teeth; brushing every two or three days is the best way to avoid a need for dental work.

Brushes for Bouvador
Pin Brush
Dematter
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Bouvador requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Bouvador Temperament

The Bouvador will have a combination of the Labrador and Bouvier des Flandres temperament.  The Bouvier des Flandres can be a little bossy but the Labrador has a gentle disposition and loves to please his owner.  The Bouvador will be an excellent watch dog.  A herding instinct may be an innate trait that remains despite the fact that your hybrid has no sheep to herd - he may herd the children and the family cat if you don't work hard to keep him in check. Highly intelligent, the Bouvador loves to be given a job and will be cheerful as he goes about his work. Obedience training is a good idea because of his size but also because of his eagerness to learn and be busy. The Bouvador  really does not like being left alone and may suffer from separation anxiety. He will be happiest in a home where people are often around.

Bouvador Activity Requirements

The Bouvador will enjoy his daily walks and should be taken on one at least twice per day, more often if you have the time. Your Bouvador will love the water - a hybrid who gets to spend lots of time at the cottage or beach will be the happiest. At the very least, a large home in the suburbs with a fenced yard is needed. This hybrid needs to stretch his legs regularly and may be prone to mischief if he does not get the energy expenditure he needs. Agility training, carting, therapy work and obedience trials are fun activities for both you and your Bouvador.

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

Bouvador Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

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