Bouviers in their original state in the farmyards of Northern Europe needed little grooming, as their coat was harsh. Today, Bouviers’ coats are much softer and, in South Africa, the finer undercoat is shed in the hotter weather. The most important aim of brushing your Bouvier is to brush out this undercoat as the hairs die off. Bouviers do not shed as other long haired dogs do. This is an advantage from a housecleaning point of view, but if you only give the dog a superficial brushing this will not suffice and your Bouvier will develop a matted undercoat which will have to be cut out in chunks. A good heavy duty wire hook brush is needed, plus probably a rake and a fine comb. Brush your dog thoroughly once, or preferably, twice a week.
IF YOUR BOUVIER HAS BECOME BADLY MATTED, DO NOT TRY TO BRUSH OUT THE TANGLES, YOU WILL HURT THE DOG. RATHER SHAVE THE COAT DOWN TO THE SKIN AND START AGAIN.
If you don’t want a smelly beard, you will most probably have to wash the beard weekly and comb it through. Otherwise, don’t bath your Bouvier too often or you will soften the coat too much.