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Old 12-12-2006, 10:31 PM
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A friend of mine with two young children has found a Bouvier they like . Anyone have any input ? They already have have a medium sized dog and originally wanted a golden or lab / poodle mix .
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Old 12-12-2006, 10:36 PM
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Hmmm if they were after breeds such as a golden or lab or poodle who all have strong "wants to please" nature and who are on the easier scale of breeds for the first time owner, are they sure they will be able to handle a Bouvier??
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Old 12-12-2006, 11:32 PM
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That's what I questioned . Being of the Herding group aren't they high energy ? I've never really known one , so wanted in put from those of you who know .
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Old 12-12-2006, 11:38 PM
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The couple Bouviers I've met were...odd. Different from most of the other herding breeds...now you know how much I love the herding group right? I wouldn't own a Bouvier; there's just somethign about them. They also tend to get randomly aggressive from what I've heard.
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Old 12-12-2006, 11:48 PM
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Thanks Zoom . I just question why they aren't more popular . I think maybe she just likes a shaggy looking dog . Maybe I'll get more input here .
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Old 12-12-2006, 11:51 PM
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Have her do a bunch of reading on them before making a final decision.
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I know one bouvier. I think he's big and very laid back. Moves kind of slow if you ask me. They are supposed to be herders? This dog sure isn't. He is kind of standoffish with strangers though, far as I can see, and a fairly decent watch dog if barking counts. Since I don't know any others, he might be the exception to the rule or something. One thing is for sure, his fur is a jumbled mess. lol.
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Old 12-13-2006, 01:35 AM
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The only one I know is big, black and shaggy, very laid back too like a big rumpled sofa. I did some research on them to add a breed page to 4legs (which I will actually get round to one of these days) and found an excellent article by Pam Green...

Don't Buy a Bouvier. Maybe your friend will find it helpful.

In the meantime, here's a pic of Hania and her Bouvier friend, Camil.

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Old 12-13-2006, 01:47 AM
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They aren't for everyone! Especially one a family with children hasn't raised from the time it was a puppy. Hope family does their homework. They can be very territorial, need a lot of grooming, often kept in kennel cut in pet homes. They can be rather dominant at times and need training, training, training, to be reliable, focused dogs, off leash in public. Hope the one they found is a smaller female that's a big sap and starved for a families attention!
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Old 12-13-2006, 09:59 AM
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My sisters best friend had one...A loof with strangers and a bold guardian (it actually attacked and drove out someone who broke into the house). I didn't know the dog very well but the little I seen of it, it seem fairly laid back; not your typical high energy "herder". One draw back IMHO (minor one) they have lots and lots of hair.
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