Bouvier des Ardennes

Bouvier des Ardennes is a rare dog breed originating from Belgium. These dogs were originally been used for cattle herding. They are very devoted and loyal and because they are people-oriented they make great family dogs. However, they can be great watchdogs since they are reserved toward strangers.

These dogs are in most cases wrongly referred to as Bouvier des Flandres but they are much smaller dogs with different coats and a shorter tail.

Bouvier des Ardennes Height


20–25 in (52–62 cm)

Bouvier des Ardennes Weight


49–77 lb (22–35 kg)

Bouvier des Ardennes Origin



Bouvier des Ardennes Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

12-14 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health


Bouvier des Ardennes has a long outercoat and a dense undercoat. As with all double coat dogs, Bouvier des Ardennes is no different and you will have to brush them weekly to keep the hair under control. During shedding seasons daily brushing is advised to remove dead hair and to keep the dog looking good.

Bouvier des Ardennes coat colors:

  • All colors are accepted except white

You will also have to check their ears regularly for any signs of infections (bad odor, redness, etc.). You can wipe their ears with the cotton ball dipped into an ear cleaner. Bouvier des Ardennes teeth should be brushed weekly to remove tartar build-up and to secure fresh breath and healthy gums. Their nails should be trimmed when you hear their nails clicking on the floor.


Bouvier des Ardennes is an active breed that requires a lot of activities to be happy. They were bred for working purposes and because of that, they are not the best fit for apartment living. They need a lot of space where they can wander around and spend their energy. It is not uncommon for these dogs to work for hours without taking a break and because of that fact if you want to have a happy dog you will have to meet their needs.


Since this is a herding dog breed early socialization is a must. From the moment you bring your Bouvier des Ardennes home start the socialization process. That way you can be sure that your dog will develop into a well-behaved dog with whom you will not have any problems later in life.

The best thing you can do is to expose your dog to many different situations, people, dogs, animals and sounds so they can learn how to properly react. You can even socialize your dog at home: dress differently, act differently so that your dog can’t recognize you right away.

Bouvier des Ardennes and kids

Bouvier des Ardennes is best suited for a household with older kids who knows how to properly interact with the dog. Since these dogs are used for herding purposes don’t be surprised if Bouvier des Ardennes starts herding your kids. Because of that, it is advised that you never leave them alone while they are playing.

Before you let them play you should also teach your kids what is the correct way to approach, interact and play with the dog. That way you can be sure that your kids will respect the dog.

Bouvier des Ardennes and other animals

Bouvier des Ardennes generally can get along with other dogs if they are properly socialized and introduced from an early age. However, there can be situations where your Bouvier des Ardennes will not like the company of other dogs. Smaller animals in the household are not advised since they have a strong prey drive and will in most cases try and pursue smaller animals as they perceive them as prey.


Bouvier des Ardennes are generally healthy dogs but like most of the dog breeds in the world, they can suffer from some health problems. Those problems include:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Eye problems

If you want to get a puppy with the best possible health you should never buy him from an irresponsible dog breeder. Official and responsible dog breeders regularly check their breeding dogs and they will not breed dogs if there is a possibility that the puppies will end up with inherited diseases.

Bouvier des Ardennes breeders

If you made a decision that this is the right dog for you now it’s time to find Bouvier des Ardennes breeders. To be sure that you will end up with the healthiest dog possible we advise you to search only for responsible Bouvier des Ardennes breeders. That way you can be sure that the puppy will have the best possible start in life. Buying a dog from an official dog breeder will cost you more money in the start, but when you know that they will be healthy and that will have a good temperament it is worth it.

Bouvier des Ardennes are pretty rare dogs so you must be prepared that you will have to wait for your puppy a bit longer.

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Updated at08.10.2020.