Bouvier Des Flandres

Bouvier Des Flandres

The Bouvier des Flandres originates from...

As its name would suggest, this breed was originally developed in the Flanders region of Belgium by the working class, who needed a versatile working breed for employment on the farm. Common working roles included cattle droving, cart pulling, herding, and guarding the home. The literal translation of the breed's name is 'cowherd from Flanders', and it was primarily used by butchers, merchants, and farmers, while serving as a rescue dog and messenger carrier in WWI. It is thought that the Bouvier Des Flandres' forebears include the Beauceron and the Griffon. This dog was recognised as an independent breed in 1912.

The Bouvier Des Flandres is characterised by...

Distinctive in appearance, it boasts a stocky build with a relatively large head, high-set ears, and a low-set tail, although it is not uncommon for the breed to be born tailless. The profuse double coat of the Bouvier is of a medium length and common in colours of black, grey, or brindle. Due to the dense nature of the coat, regular grooming and bathing is essential in order to maintain its condition — shedding of the coat will occur less if the dog is well groomed. Compared to other breeds, the Bouvier Des Flandres is slow to mature and the process usually takes two to three years.

The average Bouvier Des Flandres...

Often described as calm and steady, the breed is both intelligent and versatile, well suited it to its working lifestyle. While the Bouvier Des Flandres will respond fearlessly to protect its home and family, it will otherwise remain friendly, relaxed, and responsive to instruction. Compatible with children and other house pets when introduced gradually, the Bouvier Des Flanders makes a great addition to active family life. On average, a healthy Bouvier will weigh 25-50kg depending on its gender, with a life expectancy of 10-12 years.


Due to the relative rarity of the breed, genetic and breed-specific diseases are not readily identified. Typically healthy, however, the Bouvier Des Flanders is known to suffer with optical disorders and hip dysplasia, a common affliction across breeds. Bloat and stomach torsion have also been identified, which is potentially fatal if left untreated for any length of time.

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Our Bouvier Des Flandres owners' thoughts

Added on 01/12/2015
Joined 09/09/2013
From West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Bouviers make wonderful companions.
Extremely intelligent dogs who learn very quickly. Great with children and other animals if introduced correctly and they are keen guard dogs. However you need to be prepared to deal with grooming and trimming the dogs otherwise they will become matted.