Flandoodle

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55-75 lbs
22-27"
United States
Bouvier des Flandres
Poodle
Bouvipoo, Bouvidoodle, Bouvierpoo, Bouvierdoodle, Flanpoo, and Poovier

The Flandoodle is a large designer breed that is a blend of the Bouvier des Flandres and the Standard Poodle. They are great family pets and are known for being good watch dogs as well since they are protective, loyal, and alert. They are usually about 70 pounds on average and stand about 25 inches tall. They have medium to long thick and curly fur that can come in any color. The most common colors seen are brown, black, white, grey, tan, red, and blue. While they are good with other animals and kids with early socialization, they need to be supervised around young children under five.

Purpose
Family pet
Date of Origin
1990s
Ancestry
Bouvier des Flandres and Standard Poodle

Flandoodle Health

Average Size
Height: 24-28 inches Weight: 65-85 lbs
Height: 22-27 inches Weight: 55-75 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Megaesophagus
  • Laryngeal Paralysis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Entropion
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Addison’s Disease
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • MRI
  • CT Scan
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Ultrasound
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood Tests

Flandoodle Breed History

The Bouvier des Flandres started out in Belgium in the 1600s herding cattle and pulling carts. Some believe the breed is a mix of Spaniels, Sheepdogs, and Mastiffs while others claim they are a blend of the Griffon and Beauceron. In those days, they were bred only for function so the appearance of the Bouvier des Flandres varied quite a bit. At first, they were called the Toucheur de Boeuf, which means cattle dog, Koehond, which means cow dog, or Vuilbaard, which means dirty beard. The name they have now, Bouvier, means cowherd or oxherd. A veterinarian named Adolphe Reul was a proud breeder who made the Bouvier des Flanders popular during those days even though there was no standard until 1912. Because of the destruction in World War I, the breed’s numbers dropped drastically but a survivor named Nic de Sottegem reignited their popularity after appearing in the Antwerp Olympics in 1920. In 1931, the American Kennel Club recognized the breed and it is now the 83rd most popular breed in America. The Poodle is one of the oldest breeds of dogs ever recognized and has been around since ancient times, originally in Germany but then being perfected in France. They are thought to be a mix of the French, Russian, German, Portuguese, Spanish, and Hungarian Water dogs although the North African Barbet is also part of the mix according to some. Others claim that there are some other breeds mixed in such as Asian herding dogs and other breeds that ran wild during that time. The smaller versions of the Poodle were created in the 1400s by breeding small Poodles with each other. At the time, the Poodle was mainly used for hunting ducks and truffles but became popular as circus dogs and in shows. The AKC officially recognized them in 1887 where they are now the 7th most popular breed of dog.

Flandoodle Breed Appearance

The Flandoodle is a large dog that stands between 22 and 28 inches tall and weighs about 55 to 85 pounds. Their coat is curly and thick, usually medium length or long and although no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, this breed is close to it and does not usually pose any allergy issues. The Flandoodle can be any color but is usually brown, black, white, grey, tan, red, and blue. They may be lean or stocky, with well-muscled long legs, a large head, and a furry face with a beard. The long tail is usually docked and their furry ears are pendulous.

Eye Color Possibilities
Hazel
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Brown
Black
White
Gray
Red
Blue
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Flandoodle Breed Maintenance

You will need to brush your Flandoodle on a daily basis to prevent tangling and mats. If her coat is especially curly, you may want to have her professionally groomed every few months to keep it manageable. They do not shed much but it is important to bathe her if she gets dirty, using mild shampoo and conditioner specially recommended for Poodles. Be sure to clean her ears once a week and watch for redness and ear mites. In addition, you should brush her teeth several times a week to prevent dental problems. They make special toothbrushes and toothpaste specially for dogs that you should use.

Brushes for Flandoodle
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Flandoodle Temperament

Your Flandoodle is loving, loyal, and gentle for the most part but need to be socialized well when she is young. They enjoy being part of the family activities and like to play with other animals but may be inclined to hunt smaller animals like rabbits and guinea pigs. They should also be supervised around children younger than five years old. Although they are intelligent and learn quickly, they may be a bit stubborn during training so you have to have patience and use positive reinforcement rather than physical punishment. They can get lonely if left home alone for a long time so they need to have plenty to keep them busy while you are not home.

Flandoodle Activity Requirements

The Flandoodle loves activity and needs at least 60 to 90 minutes of vigorous exercise daily. They love to hunt and would appreciate a trip to the park daily to chase squirrels and rabbits if you do not have a fenced in yard for her to play in. In addition, having her run alongside you while you jog or bike can also be a beneficial choice for you both. This breed is also good at agility training, Frisbee, fetch, flyball, and swimming. If your Flandoodle does not get as much exercise as she needs, she is likely to develop behavioral problems such as excessive barking, chewing on things, and digging.

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

Flandoodle Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$2 - $3
Monthly Cost
$60 - $90

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