The Flandoodle: A Complete Guide

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Dogs are a blessing to have or be around due to the unconditional love that they give us humans. They will protect us with their lives without question and will take a bullet for us.

It is for this reason that most of us want a dog so that we can do the same for it. If you are looking for a furry best friend, look no further as the Flandoodle might be the perfect match for you.

The Flandoodle is a big dog that is very affectionate, smart, protective, and many other great characteristics thanks to their parent breeds, the Bouvier des Flandres and the Poodle.

They are great with children and most puppies of these breeds are hypoallergenic, so they are great for those that are allergic.

This guide will talk about the important things you need to know before deciding to dedicate your life to the Flandoodle.

Tips for choosing the right puppy and breeder, exercise and diet requirements, and the appearance of the Flandoodle are just some of the things that will be discussed in this article, so keep reading!

Flandoodle Puppies – Before You Buy…

A black baby Flandoodle looking up
The Flandoodles have very expressive hazel or brown eyes.

There is so much excitement when it comes to getting a puppy, and you may forget to check up on essential facts and information that you need to know before you choose a dog.

This next section will tell you how much this particular dog costs and how to find the perfect person to buy it from.

What Price are Flandoodle Puppies?

The price range for a Flandoodle puppy is $300 to $l,000.

The range is broad due to the many factors that play a part in the price, one of the main ones being the breeder that you purchase from.

Other things like gender, age, health, and demand also play a big part.

Females from some breeders might cost a bit more than males, and if this concerns you, then it may be wise for you to opt for a male dog.

Puppies also cost more than older dogs, and dogs that have official information on their health history will cost more than a dog that doesn’t since the breeder took the time to care for them properly.

How to Find Reputable Flandoodle Breeders?

The best way to find a responsible breeder is to look online or ask around your neighbourhood.

You should look for breeders that are certified and are very knowledgeable about the dogs that they are selling.

Even though the better the reputation of the breeder the higher the price of the dog, it will be worth it since you will have a better chance of having a healthy dog.

That being said, it is important to visit the home of the breeder or kennel that the dog lives in at least one time to see how the dogs are being treated and the state that the place is in.

This is a good indication of how much they care about the dogs and how well they are being treated.

Look at the state the puppy’s parents are in also.

The way the parents look, behave, and any health conditions that they have will most likely pass down to their puppies, so knowing this information will give you an idea of how your puppy will be in the future.

3 Little-Known Facts about Flandoodle Puppies

  1. The Flandoodle is bred with two breeds, the Bouvier des Flandres and the Poodle, that are hypoallergenic, which makes the Flandoodle very likely to be also. But, there are no dogs that are 100% hypoallergenic so you may want to experiment by visiting the home of the puppy before you buy it to see if there is any reaction to them.
  2. The Bouvier des Flandres was bred to herd cattle and pull carts, which is the reason why they are very strong, energetic, and big, giving the Flandoodle these traits as well.
  3. The Poodle is one of the oldest dog breeds out there, and one of the most popular. They were initially bred to hunt small animals like ducks and truffles. Their breeder quickly realized, however, that they were extremely smart and could perform tricks, so they became circus dogs. The Flandoodle has these traits as well and is very intelligent and agile.

Physical Traits of the Flandoodle

The Flandoodle is a hybrid of Bouvier des Flandres and the Poodle
The Flandoodles are very intelligent.

The Flandoodle is a very large dog that gets the majority of their looks from the Bouvier des Flandres and their curly hair from the Poodle.

They have very expressive eyes that can be either hazel or brown and a black nose. They have ears that hang down, a large head, and sometimes may appear to have a beard.

They can either be lean or stocky, and all of them have muscular legs due to their parent breeds being so athletic.

Most Flandoodles are born with long tails but are usually docked by the breeders or owners of the dog.

Their coat can be any colour, but there are a lot of colours that are very common, which include black, white, brown, grey, tan, red and blue.

They take quite a bit of work to take care of. Daily brushing is required for these breeds since their coats are prone to get tangled and matted.

How Big is a Full-Grown Flandoodle?

The Flandoodle is a huge dog. Their height can range from 22 to 28 inches tall and can weigh 55 to 85 pounds.

With their size and hyperactivity, they may not be able to adapt to apartment living or condos unless you have access to a dog park.

Females are usually smaller than males, and the size of each puppy mostly depends on the parent breed that they take after the most.

The Bouvier des Flandres is bigger than the Poodle, so any puppy that takes after them will be bigger, and smaller if they are more of the Poodle.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Flandoodle?

With how big they are and the health risks that they are exposed to, the Flandoodle has a shorter than average lifespan of 10 to 12 years, less than other dog breeds that are similar in size.

Despite this, they will live a delightful and happy life as long as you take good care of them and give them the love that they need.

Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Flandoodle

An adult Flandoodle running in a field
The Flandoodles are very strong and energetic.

The Flandoodle can be a great addition to the family because they love to play and will alert you if they sense anything unusual going on.

They will have to be socialized well at a very young age so they can be friendly towards other people and pets.

Due to their genetic makeup, they may have the urge to “hunt” small animals, so if you have a tiny dog or a rabbit, then you may want to be cautious and supervise any interactions.

It is the same for very small children, so it is essential to teach your dog that children are to be played with and not hurt in any way.

The Flandoodle is very smart as mentioned previously and has a stubborn streak. It may take a little longer to train them since they are reluctant to do what you want them to.

It is crucial to be patient to help them learn, and any physical punishment can result in them being afraid of you instead of learning. They also don’t like to be left alone for long periods.

The Flandoodle’s Diet

The average amount of food that your Flandoodle will need is about 3 cups a day, which can be pretty pricey every month for those of you that have a budget they want to keep up.

You can spend up to $90 a month on food, which is okay for some people but not everyone.

You may also want to check on the food that you purchase or get advice from your local vet on the amount you should feed this dog since they vary in size.

If they are bigger than average, they will require more food and vice versa.

How Much Exercise Does a Flandoodle Need?

The Flandoodle is a very active dog that needs about an hour to an hour and a half of intense exercise every day.

They will enjoy going to parks to play with other dogs and to chase around squirrels. They also love activities like fetch, swimming, frisbee, and hiking.

Flandoodle Health and Conditions

The Flandoodle has quite a few health risks that you may want to watch out for. As long as it is caught in time and treated correctly, they will still be content and lively even with any conditions they develop.

Serious Issues:

Minor Issues:

  • Cataracts
  • Laryngeal Paralysis
  • Glaucoma
  • Megaesophagus

3 Important Training Tips

  • You need to start socializing your dog with others at a young age.

Even though the Flandoodle is a very loving and affectionate dog, it might take some time to get used to new people.

This is why it is necessary to start training it early on and help it socialize with other dogs as well as humans.

You can take your Flandoodle to a nearby park where it can learn the right way to engage with others.

The dog should not be left alone to socialize as you need to give it commands, hints, and warning regarding its behaviour with others.

  • Be very patient and firm while training your Flandoodle.

This breed of dogs is not known to be a quick learner.

Your dog will take its time learning the correct way to respond to a command or behave with others.

This will require a lot of patience since you will need to constantly repeat your commands.

You might even have to do or say certain things multiple times for your dog to understand them properly.

At times, even firm behaviour will need to be adopted with the dog so that it comprehends that training is very serious and it needs to give its best.

  • Start the training very early and focus on positive reinforcement.

As mentioned above, this dog is slow to learn new things which is why the earlier its training begins, the easier it will be to train it.

This way your Flandoodle will have more time to adjust to certain routines and learn different commands.

During the training, if your dog is provided with treats and toys it will be much more eager to obey your commands.

Other techniques of positive reinforcement such as praises are also highly suggested for training a Flandoodle.

My Final Thoughts on the FlandoodleA Flandoodle with curly hair

The Flandoodle is the perfect dog for those of you that know how to handle them, so it might not be recommended to get a Flandoodle if you have no experience with dogs.

Despite their stubbornness and hunting instincts, they make great family pets and will love you and your loved ones unconditionally.

Thanks for reading.

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