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Sensible advice for raising your Bouvier des Flandres puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Bouviers des Flandres, the best dog food diet for feeding Bouvier des Flandres puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Bouvier des Flandres dog breed

Bouvier des Flandres Health Problems and Raising a Bouvier des Flandres Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Bouviers des Flandres:

The leading health problem in Bouviers is hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of over 6800 Bouviers and found 15% dysplastic. That's high, and the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. The Bouvier des Flandres Club conducted a health survey that included over a thousand Bouviers, and they report that almost 25% of the dogs in their survey were dysplastic.

Elbow dysplasia is also a problem in the breed. Nearly 9% of 1900 elbow X-rays evaluated by the OFA were dysplastic. Other orthopedic diseases that occur in Bouviers are osteochondritis and cruciate ligament rupture.

A serious concern in the breed is cancer, especially lymphosarcoma, but also osteosarcoma, adenocarcinoma, hemangiosarcoma, mast cell tumors, and digital squamous cell carcinoma.

Another serious concern in the Bouvier des Flandres is heart disease, especially subaortic stenosis, but also septal defect and cardiomyopathy.

Hormonal/endocrine system diseases reported in Bouviers are hypothyroidism, Addison's disease, and Cushing's disease.

The most common eye diseases in the Bouvier des Flandres are cataracts, glaucoma, and entropion. Occasionally reported are ectropion and PRA. Cataracts can appear at 3-12 months or much later in life (5 years or older).


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Bouvier des Flandres?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Bouviers des Flandres today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Bouvier des Flandres puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Bouvier des Flandres puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Bouvier des Flandres puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Bouvier des Flandres lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Bouvier des Flandres
The best diet for feeding your Bouvier des Flandres is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Bouvier des Flandres. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Bouvier des Flandres
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Bouvier des Flandres. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Bouvier des Flandres puppy really need? Does your adult Bouvier need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Bouvier des Flandres. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Bouvier des Flandres. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Bouvier des Flandres.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.