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Bouvier Des Flandres


Bouvier Des Flandres Facts

  • Group
  • Herding
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 26.5" - 27.5"
  • Weight
  • 65-100 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • A Quick Learner
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • Various Colors
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog
    • Good with children
    • Ok outdoors
    • Rescue heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

koe hond (cow dog), toucheur de boeuf (cattle drover), vuilbaard (dirty beard)


The Bouvier originated in Southwest Flanders and on the French northern plain.

Date Of Origin

Although there is no solid record, it is believed that the Bouvier was developed in the late 19th century.


Most of the early breeders of this dog were farmers, butchers, or cattle merchants not particularly interested in breeding pedigreed dogs. All they wanted was help in their work. It is believed to be descended from continental herding breeds, such as the Schnauzer. Its use was antiquated when the automobile was invented and cattle began being transported by truck; however breed fanciers worked to save the breed. The Bouvier des Flandres was first introduced to the United States in the 1930's.


This is a large, powerful, squarely built compact dog with a large head. The flat skull is long and broad with a broad muzzle. It has oval, brown eyes; a large, black nose; and small ears that are cropped erect or naturally drop. The neck is muscular and the chest is broad. The Bouvier is naturally tailless or the tail is docked to about 4" long and set high. The double coat has a fine, dense undercoat and rough tousled outer coat with a thick mustache, beard, and eyebrows with erect hairs. The coat is short on the skull and upper part of the back. Some have a small white star on their chest.


This is a versatile dog that is even tempered and gentle. It is protective, but capable of determining real from imagined threats. It is both courageous and intelligent and does fine with children.


Its true mission is herding cows, but due to its powerful physique and its high level of intelligence, It has been used as a guard dog and for rescuing the wounded in battle.

Health Concerns

Autoimmune disorders, cancer, glaucoma, hip and elbow dysplasia, hypothyrodism, subaortic stenosis

Additional Information

The American Bouvier des Flandres Club says, "We cant recommend too strongly the importance of socialization and basic obedience training."

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

The All Breed Dog Grooming Guide

Publisher: Aaronco, 2002

Website: http://www.aaroncopet.com

Author: Sam Kohl

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