Dog Profiles - Description of Bouvier des Flandres

Bouvier des Flandres

Description: The Bouvier des Flandres is a powerfully built, compact, rough-coated dog of rugged appearance. He is agile, spirited and bold with a calm and steady manner. The Bouvier is easy going but aloof, he can sometimes be serious or moody. His herding instincts will keep him close to home. Used in police work and helping the blind, he loves the company of people.

Height: 23-27 inches

Weight: 59-88 lbs.

Colors: Fawn to black, including brindle.

Coat: Rough, thick, harsh with a soft dense undercoat.

Temperament: Alert, responsive, even tempered. Gentle with family children but may be intolerant of other children. Good with other pets if raised with them. He also may be dog aggressive. In the past, a cattle driver. Today, a guard dog, defense dog, and family pet. Very good watch-dog. An excellent guard dog and brave protector, he will watch out for strangers and other dogs.

Care and Exercise: Regular attention should be given to his teeth, nails and ears. Weekly brushing is a must. Needs plenty of exercise, but be careful not to jog with him over long distances as he is heavy in structure and predisposition to hip problems. Ample space is necessary and he needs to be put to work to keep his mind active.

Training: Learning Rate: High. Obedience: Medium. Problem Solving: High.

Activity: Outdoors: High, Indoors: Low.

Living Environment: He will adapt to country or suburban living, but does the best in the country. A fenced yard is a must and he should not be kept in cramped quarters. An owner of a Bouvier des Flandres needs to be a firm, strong leader.

Health Issues: Some problems with hip dysplasia, bloat and eye problems.

Life Span: 10-12 Years

Litter Size: 5-10

Country of Origin: Belgium

History: He dates back to the sixteenth century where he originated from the Flandres area of Belgium where he was used to pull cards and drive cattle. His name Bouvier means "driver of oxen". During World War I, he almost became extinct. Saved by a few Belgian vets who began to breed, he was then imported to the US in the 1930's.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 1), KC(GB), UKC