There are several health concerns to consider with all pure-bred
dogs, the Bouvier des Flandres is no exception. As with most large
breeds, hip dysplasia is the most prevalent, which is the
malformation of the ball and socket of the hip joint. As it can be
passed on to puppies from the parents, responsible breeders screen
for this by x-raying their breeding stock and certifying them
"clear" with either the
Ontario Veterinary College
Orthopedic Foundation of Animals
PennHip, to prove each
dog is clear of this problem.
Elbow dysplasia, heart conditions
and thyroid problems are more common. The only way to prevent them
is by genetic testing BOTH parents. Many of these problems can be
tested for and certified clear with different organizations. Ask to
see health certificates.