Bouvier des Ardennes
- Full Name
- Bouvier des Ardennes
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- Life Span
- 13 - 15 years
- 62 - 77 pounds
A working dog, rather than a companion by nature, the Bouvier des Ardennes is both determined and obedient. Despite its propensity for hard work, this breed can be affectionate towards their owners.
- Bred For
- Hunting Dog
- FCI Breed Standard
- Family Considerations
- Overall Ease of Breed
- Home and Environment Considerations
- Physical Characteristics
Is the Bouvier des Ardennes good with children?
Unfortunately, the Bouvier des Ardennes is not automatically well suited with children and we would not recommend for homes with very small children unless early socialization with children is taken seriously.
Is the Bouvier des Ardennes friendly with strangers?
The Bouvier des Ardennes is about average in how friendly they are with strangers. They can be timid or protective, but with proper training and socialization can be fine for any household.
Is the Bouvier des Ardennes friendly with other dogs?
The Bouvier des Ardennes is not naturally friendly with other dogs, but with a good amount of early socialization as a puppy they can learn to get along with most breeds of dog. Proper training is required before letting the Bouvier des Ardennes go off-leash or to dog parks.
Likes to Cuddle
Does the Bouvier des Ardennes like to cuddle?
The Bouvier des Ardennes loves physical affection and cuddles. If you're looking for a cuddle partner you may have found the one!
Does the Bouvier des Ardennes like to play?
The Bouvier des Ardennes will almost always be ready for play! The Bouvier des Ardennes is great for a family with children, or otherwise, an environment that is always ready for play.
Service Dog Ability
Does the Bouvier des Ardennes make a good service dog?
Historically, the Bouvier des Ardennes has never been used as a service dog and really would not be a good fit.
Ease for Novice
Is the Bouvier des Ardennes good for first-time owners?
The Bouvier des Ardennes is not the easiest breed for first-time owners, but can certainly still work out if the owner is willing to put the time into training and exercise.
How well can the Bouvier des Ardennes be trained?
The Bouvier des Ardennes is about average when it comes to training potential. The Bouvier des Ardennes can be seen in competitions and can have advanced training, but it would require much dedication and oftentimes professional training.
Amount of Shedding
Does the Bouvier des Ardennes shed a lot?
The Bouvier des Ardennes does shed, but less than average.
Ease of Grooming
Is the Bouvier des Ardennes easy to groom?
The Bouvier des Ardennes requires a good amount of grooming work. It is possible to do it yourself, but you need to plan on dedicating weekly grooming sessions at the minimum.
Does the Bouvier des Ardennes need a lot of exercise?
The Bouvier des Ardennes requires some daily exercise, but daily walks should be enough. The Bouvier des Ardennes appreciates going outside and on daily walks, but they will be ok without anything overly athletic.
How smart is the Bouvier des Ardennes?
The Bouvier des Ardennes has average intelligence. They are smart and witty, but do not need to be constantly challenged mentally, as some other breeds.
Amount of Barking
How much does the Bouvier des Ardennes bark? Does the Bouvier des Ardennes bark too much?
The Bouvier des Ardennes barks a lot. This is important to consider with your living situation- will it be ok when you leave them at home alone or will they disrupt the neighbors? The Bouvier des Ardennes will oftentimes bark just to express their thoughts... even just to be heard!
Guard Dog Ability
Is the Bouvier des Ardennes a good guard dog?
The Bouvier des Ardennes is not typically used as a guard dog, although they can be alert and oftentimes notify you if there is a stranger at the door or otherwise something to be concerned over.
Tolerates Being Alone
Is the Bouvier des Ardennes good at staying alone? Is the Bouvier des Ardennes independent?
The Bouvier des Ardennes considers their owner part of the "pack" and hates being left behind. This can be a good thing for someone looking for an emotional support dog who is loyal and always by their side, but bad if the dog will need to be left at home alone for extended periods.
Good for Apartment Living
Is the Bouvier des Ardennes a good apartment dog?
The Bouvier des Ardennes is an excellent dog breed for an apartment. Some daily exercise is still important, but if they get that then the apartment will be more than enough for them to call home.
How big is the Bouvier des Ardennes?
The Bouvier des Ardennes is one of the smallest dog breeds- suited well for apartment living and very convenient for travel.
How much does the Bouvier des Ardennes tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Bouvier des Ardennes?
The Bouvier des Ardennes can tolerate some heat, but should not be over-exposed to hot weather. In general, they can live in hot weather climates, but would do best with air conditioning or at least a fan in their home, especially where they sleep.
How much does the Bouvier des Ardennes tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Bouvier des Ardennes?
The Bouvier des Ardennes does not tolerate cold weather at all, and we would not recommend having a Bouvier des Ardennes if you live in a cold weather climate.
Potential to Run Away
Does the Bouvier des Ardennes try to run away?
The Bouvier des Ardennes is very unlikely to run away. Of course, precautions should always be taken, and every dog is unique, but with a Bouvier des Ardennes it is very likely they will naturally follow you, even when they are off-leash.
Is the Bouvier des Ardennes a healthy dog? The health of a Bouvier des Ardennes should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.
The Bouvier des Ardennes is very healthy, but it is still important to feed the Bouvier des Ardennes high-quality food and to live a healthy lifestyle.
How energetic is the Bouvier des Ardennes?
The Bouvier des Ardennes has some energy and requires daily walks, but overall the Bouvier des Ardennes has less energy than average.
Amount of Drooling
How much does the Bouvier des Ardennes drool?
The Bouvier des Ardennes does not drool at all.
Does the Bouvier des Ardennes have a large prey drive? Does the Bouvier des Ardennes like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?
The Bouvier des Ardennes has some prey drive, so should not be left alone with very small animals such as birds, mice, or gerbils, but with some gradual introduction should be fine living with a cat in the same home.
Is the Bouvier des Ardennes atheltic?
The Bouvier des Ardennes can have athletic moments, and bursts of speed, but does not have the endurance as other highly athletic dog breeds. They would do great for occasional jogs, but probably not the best for long-distance runs or anything more athletic than that.
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The Bouvier des Ardennes is a purebred dog that falls within the larger Toy dog breed group.
Toy group: Toy dogs are primarily characterized by their very small size. But don't let that fool you- if anything their personality and tenacity is higher than the average dog. In fact, even their protective instincts are above average! In fact, because of that it is crucial they get socialization with children and other dogs from an early age. Because the toy dog is both small and primarily bred for home companionship, they make excellent additions for a wide range of families. There are also practical benefits with toy dogs- they are great for apartment living, and traveling. Toy dogs are also loyal and love to cuddle, making them the ideal lap dog.
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