Moxie: Are Bouviers Aggressive? ?
I've been researching this breed because I am very interested in buying one. I've found a few breeders who breed beautiful Champion dogs (not champion lines) and their dogs seemed very nice. I've met their dogs at different dog shows and know that one of their breeding requirements is temperament.
But, when I mention it to some people who show dogs and work with dogs, I get the same answer: The dogs are dog aggressive and don't like people. Are they just seeing badly bred or untrained Bouviers? All my research says they are supposed to be friendly, but not overtly outgoing.
Or do people just not know what to expect and when it's not a slobber all over your face lab, they misunderstand?
Any other breed information is welcomed.
Answers and Views:
Answer by Sandra R
Bouviers are love sponges. They really think that they are lap dogs. Like any dog that is not well socialize dog aggression and guarding can become an issue. Look what they were originally bred for. Ta da.
This is more of a training issue than anything else. Never met an impatient Bouvier yet.
Answer by Gabrielle B
Bouvier des Ardennes or Bouvier des Flandres
Answer by DachsieLvr
Can I just say kudos to you for researching this stuff? You sound like you have a very good head on your shoulders. Personally I think its training/badly bred like you said. Everybody loves Goldens and are the first ones to rag on Pit Bulls, until I tell them that I nearly got mulled by a golden (luckily he was muzzled), and some of the sweetest dogs I have met have been Pits. Its horrible to say but people discriminate against a lot of breeds for the wrong reasons. They should discriminate against the owners who let thier dogs get away with it. I have to say I have not come across many Bouviers, but I am still a firm believer that any dog can be a horrible dog if they have horrible owners. Sorry I guess I got a little off the topic, but if you decide to go with a Bouvier. Go with a reputable breeder. Meet the dogs, and ask lots of questions about training them, socializing them etc. Then when you get your puppy, take her/him to puppy socialization, obedience classes, and just understand that it may be difficult, but as long as you are willing to put in the work, and potentially even go to obedience classes more than once (which I had to do with both my dachshund and golden), you will make an excellent owner and potentially change their minds on how they view Bouviers.
Add: I remember meeting acouple of Bouviers, however I don't remember anything specific which just means they were horribly mean and were easy to work with ya know? Sorry I can't be of more help.
Answer by marci_knows_best
I have heard that Bouviers are not super outgoing (like goldens are) but that is not necessarily a bad thing. A well socialized, well bred Bouvier is very unlikely to be dog aggressive or not like people. They are herding dogs, and most of the herding group tend to be strong willed and a little bossy. That comes with the territory. They absolutely need obedience training, but so do most breeds.
The Bouvier Club has a very good info page on owning their breed. They are not the dog for everyone, but in my somewhat limited experience, they are great dogs.
Answer by Starlight
They are not naturally aggressive
Answer by Bryce B
don't know much about bouviers specifically, but i've owned rotty's, pits, german shepherds, and dobermans.
most dogs that have been tagged "aggressive" can be. but it all depends on training. dogs want nothing more in life than to make you happy. if you are happy when your dog is a loving companion, he will be. if you're happy when he's tearing the flesh off of another human, he'll do that instead.
but you have to always remember, a dog is a dog, not a human. canine rules aren't like human rules. if a little kid is messing with a big dog, the dog can't tell him to stop or run and tell on the kid, the dog can only bite. if a dog is put in a fight or flight situation he will ignore everything he has been taught and react.
Answer by borderbethie
I have been able to groom and show quit a few Bouviers (des Flanders) and not one was aggressive. They are a strong herding dog and do need good obedience training. The ones I have known are affectionate to their owners, but not a "needy" type of affection. They are content with praise and petting but don't NEED to be, excuse the expression -up your butt like some other breeds. They can be protective of their homes and their people. Friendly yes, but not the slap happy type friendly dog that will go with anyone. As an example I met a lovely champion stud dog at a show. I talked to his owner, got to pet him and talk to him for a few minutes-he was fine, friendly, mannerly. About an hour later the owner asked me to take him into the ring because she has another dog in at the same time. He was comfortable with me and we won the class. They do need professional grooming every 6 weeks and need at least weekly grooming to keep coat from matting. If they are untrained they can be head strong and hard to handle.
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