The Bouvier des Flandres is a herding dog originating in Flanders. They were originally used for general farm work
including cattle droving, sheep herding, and cart pulling, Today Bouviers are used as guard dogs and police dogs, as well
as being kept as pets. The French name of the breed means, literally, "Herder of Flanders", referring to the Flemish
origin of the breed. Other names for the breed are Toucheur de Boeuf (cattle driver) and Vuilbaard (dirty
The monks at the Ter Duinen monastery, in Flanders, were the Bouvier's
first breeders. The Bouvier was created by breeding imports such as Irish wolfhounds with local farm dogs, until a breed considered
to be the predecessor of the modern Bouvier was obtained. This became a working dog able to perform tirelessly, herding and
guarding cattle and even pulling cargo carts, thanks to its strength and temperament, and to withstand the local weather conditions
due to its double coat .World War I nearly disappeared altogether, due to the devastation in its region of origin. Nic de
Sottegen, considered to be of ideal type was one of the main dogs used to revive the breed after WW I and is considered to
be the founder of the current Bouvier des Flandres breed in Belgium. A unified Bouvier
des Flandres standard was created in 1936 by a joint French-Belgian committee. However, once again the
breed's existence was endangered by World War II. Due to these setbacks, progress was slowed, and it was not until 1965
that the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) adopted the current breed standard.
The Bouvier is a powerfully
built compact rough coated dog of rugged appearance. It gives the impression of size and strength without clumsiness or heaviness.
Perhaps its most notable feature is the impressive head which is accentuated by a heavy beard and mustache. The ears and tail
of the Bouvier have been traditionally cropped, however you now see a greater number with uncropped ears due to changes in
England and Australia. They are powerfully built, with a thick double coat, which can be fawn, black, grey brindle in color.
Bouviers are considered non-shedding and are therefore better for people with allergies.
Bouvier des Flandres are rational, gentle, loyal, and protective in nature. The breed's
unique blend of characteristics makes them good family pets, as well as keen guard dogs. Unlike many animals bred for basic
aggressive nature and power, the Bouvier des Flandres possess sophisticated traits, such as complex control, intelligence,