Anyone who’s searching for a large dog that has a fantastic personality and will be able to keep up with a lot of fun activities in the great outdoors should look no further than the super cute Flandoodle.
This intelligent dog is protective, loyal, and loving. When properly socialized, he’ll get along well with everyone in your family, including your kids and your other pets. And he’ll love going for a jog every day, helping you stay healthy while having a good time with your furry friend.
But is the Flandoodle the right fit for your family, or does this breed’s requirements exceed what you can provide? Keep reading to learn all about this beloved designer dog breed.
The Flandoodle is a cross between a purebred Bouvier des Flandres and Poodle.
The Flandoodle is a designer crossbreed from the United States.
Food / Diet
Because the Flandoodle is a large dog, he will require around 3 or 4 cups of dry dog food every day, but split these into multiple servings. Stick with a high quality canine-appropriate food that provides the right balance of nutrients. If you want, you can also feed your dog canned food, but adjust the amount of dry food provided so that your dog won’t end up overeating and gaining too much weight.
When training a Flandoodle, you do need to be patient and firm.
When training a Flandoodle, you do need to be patient and firm. These dogs aren’t really known for learning quickly, but they aren’t necessarily any harder to train than your average dog either.
You can expect that your Flandoodle will listen to you attentively, and if you can provide consistent training that is interesting and includes positive reinforcement and rewards, you should see your dog progressing at a steady pace. The earlier you start training your Flandoodle, the better the results will be.
A large-sized breed, the Flandoodle weighs between 55 and 85 pounds.
Temperament / Behavior
Flandoodles make truly great canine companions. They are wonderful family dogs, as they are loving, gentle, and extremely faithful and protective. You can also expect that your dog will be entertaining, as he will be full of energy, alert, and playful, always ready for an adventure.
These smart dogs enjoy being the center of attention, so be sure to involve your pet in family activities. Your dog will need both mental and physical stimulation in order to avoid becoming bored and exhibiting destructive behaviors.
Dependable and mild mannered, these dogs are prone to separation anxiety, so you shouldn’t leave your dog alone for extended periods of time. Instead, focus on providing your pooch with loads of companionship, and you will be rewarded with plenty of affection in return.
Properly socializing a Flandoodle will ensure that he will get along well with other dogs, other pets, and children.
Common Health Problems
All hybrid dog breeds, including the Flandoodle, may be prone to the conditions that typically affect their parent breeds. However, there is no guarantee that your Flandoodle will suffer from any of those problems, as every dog is an individual.
Flandoodles may be susceptible to ailments that include epilepsy, cancer, patellar luxation, eye problems, skin conditions, heart problems, bloat, Addison’s disease, Cushing’s disease, and elbow and hip dysplasia.
The Flandoodle has an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years.
Flandoodles are dogs with a lot of energy who enjoy being active, so before you bring one into your family, make sure that you have the time and energy to allow your dog to get plenty of exercise daily.
Ideally, your dog should be walked twice a day, and he should also be provided with quite a bit of playtime with puzzle toys that stimulate his mind and other games that keep him physically active.
An enclosed, medium sized yard that is safe for your Flandoodle to play in will definitely come in handy, though you can also take trips to your local dog park. Time spent playing and exercising outside will keep your pooch happy and healthy.
Flandoodles make truly great canine companions.
The Flandoodle is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, as it is considered to be a hybrid breed. However, this breed is recognized by the Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA).
The coat on a Flandoodle will be rough, and it will range from curly to shaggy. Although this breed does not shed a lot, it does have moderate level grooming requirements, as you should brush your dog daily.
A professional dog groomer can trim your dog’s coat, as necessary, and you can bathe your dog whenever he gets dirty.
Flandoodle puppies are so adorable that they’re hard to resist. Children, especially, will be drawn to these dogs and want to play with them. Teach your kids how to gently handle your puppy to prevent injuries, and supervise interactions so that your dog will be properly socialized to be comfortable around kids.
These dogs do best in homes with children and other pets when they are socialized from a young age, so make sure your puppy has the opportunity to interact with everyone in the family so that he can grow up to be a happy, confident adult.
Photo credit: Once Upon a Doodle
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