Bouvier des Flandres Breed Maintenance
Brushing the long and dense coat of your Bouvier should be performed once or twice weekly with a slicker brush and comb to prevent matting and tangling. Without regular grooming, your Bouvier can develop hot spots, painful skin lesions that can lead to infections, especially in hot and humid climates. Clipping and shaping can be done three to four times yearly, being sure to snip excess hair between paw pads and inside the ears. The long beard can become messy from eating, and may need to be cleaned more often. This breed sheds little if properly groomed. Only bathe when necessary, using dry shampoo. The strong nails of Bouviers should be trimmed regularly, and the ears checked for wax and debris. This is a breed that benefits from daily exercise and human interaction, as well as a task. Provide vigorous play sessions, walks, and jogs, but be sure to moderate exercise during the puppy growth stage. The Bouvier can thrive in both the country or in an apartment. Due to a predisposition for digestive complaints, avoid table foods high in fats, sodium, or artificial additives. While your Bouvier is a puppy, be careful to not overfeed him, as it can contribute to various physical conditions.