How Much Does a Bouvier des Flandres Cost?

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Last Updated:  August 8, 2018

The Bouvier des Flandres, usually referred to as a Bouvier, is an attractive and robust dog breed that has taken its part in the world’s history.

During the World War, these types of dogs were used as message carriers and rescue dogs sent to look for wounded soldiers.  Today, they are great companions for people as they can be both gentle and very loyal.

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How much does a Bouvier des Flandres cost?

Bouvier des Flandres puppies, on average can cost $900 to $2,500, depending on the breeder, age, quality, its bloodline and where you live.

On, a handful of listings were active at the time of this writing, with prices ranging anywhere from $900 to more than $2,800., another popular online classified website, had about 50 listings active at the time of the writing, with prices ranging anywhere from $1,100 to $2,500.

The official AKC Marketplace lists reputable breeders across the United States and those who listed their prices on this marketplace had prices ranging from $1,800 to $2,500.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

A reputable breeder should always include a written contract, a health guarantee, up-to-date vaccinations, a veterinarian examination and a travel crate if being shipped.

What are the extra costs?

Budget in the obvious recurring costs, as with any pet, such as the food, accessories, grooming sessions, dog sitting, medication and vet visits.  A healthy dog can cost upwards of $1,000 per year and much more than this if your dog were to come down with an illness.

Even though the dog is a quick learner, obedience classes are still recommended at a younger age.  At a minimum, it should learn the basics of sit, stay and lay down.  Depending on where you go, classes can start at $75 and go up from there.

With a rough and harsh outer coat, it will require extensive grooming.  If you don’t have the time to groom, professional grooming sessions are highly recommended.  To prevent mats and tangles, experts recommend grooming three to four times per year.

Shipping, if necessary, can cost $200 to $400, depending on how the dog is being shipped.  Since this dog can be relatively hard to find locally, you may have to have it shipped if you don’t have the time to pick it up.

Tips to know:

The average full grown Bouvier des Flandres measures 24 to 28 inches tall and can weigh 70 to 110 pounds on average.

The coat is thick, heavy and is known for its beard and mustache on the face.  Common coat colors include black, brindle, fawn and gray.

As for its temperament, the Bouvier Des Flandres can be described as being playful, pleasant, gentle and can make a wonderful household pet.  Great with children and pets, as long as socialized at a younger age, the Bouvier Des Flandres can make a wonderful household companion.

In captivity, its lifespan can range anywhere from 10 to 12 years.

Although Bouviers are capable of being athletic and active, they have the tendency to be very lazy.  This is the reason that, as an owner, you should encourage them to move by engaging them in physical activities.  While the dog is suitable for an apartment-like lifestyle, it should be walked outside at least 30 minutes per day.

According to, most Bouvier des Flandres are dominant with other dogs, especially those of the same sex, and those with a high prey drive are not compatible with cats and other creatures that run or flutter.

The dog is prone to hip dysplasia and eye problems such as cataracts.

How can I save money?

Consider adoption.  While you won’t find this particular breed most of the time, you may find a dog that resembles one.  Adoption is a wonderful way to support a local organization and help an older pet find a forever home., for example, features Bouviers up for adoption across the United States.  If you’re lucky, you may be able to find a rescue league that only deals with this breed in your area.  The American Bouvier Rescue League is one example.

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  1. Gary (Springfield,  Missouri) paid $3000 and said:

    I was quite shocked when I saw the conditions that dogs of 1500-2500 were living in. In fact those breeders were either selling dogs from a litter of show dogs that they wanted to rid themselves of or they were breeders who were obviously making money because they did not give quality care. We are on our 7 dog since I was a kid. There seems to be two kinds of breeders, those that show and use only a few show sires to make puppies and backyard breeders who sell for much less and have deplorable conditions, bad history of breeding and they change their kennel names, or people who just try to stick Jane with Dick (not to make a pun) and make puppies because they make money. We used a breeder that shuns all the above and got a great dog. We feel the money we spent was way worth the pricing and definitely would do it again in a heart beat. The breeder we saw in our own home town has a dog that looked like he was a mixed breed yet the breeder said he was a champion. That is when we started to look some two years ago and finally decided that a good dog carried a high price because of the quality involved. We could not be happier with our dog and plan on another next year.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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