Appearance: 23-28" (59-70 cm) 60-100 lb (27-45 kg) Tousled-looking, weatherproof double coat. Outercoat is thick and rough. Innercoat is soft and thick. Moustache and beard. Shades ranging from fawn to black. May have white markings.
Big and initially intimidating, the Bouvier des Flandres is actually a loyal family dog. He is even-tempered and loves his people. His keen nose and intelligence mean he can be trained for a variety of jobs, and he loves to work. It is important he is well socialized and has basic training when young; his large size can make it more difficult when he matures.
In the plains of Flanders, Belgium, people needed a dog that could do it all. The Bouvier was expected to herd and drive cattle, act as a watch and guard dog, kill vermin, pull a cart, and be a family companion. By 1910, there were four different varieties of Bouvier in Flanders. Because of their brave and willing spirit, Bouviers were used as messenger and ambulance dogs during the First World War, but the breed was decimated and only preserved through the efforts of Belgian army veterinarian, Captain Darby. By the end of the war, the four varieties of Bouvier had been combined, creating the Bouvier des Flandres. The dogs continued their military duties in the Second World War, where their keen noses made them suitable for scenting land mines and ammunition dumps.
Arriving in North America in the 1920s, these versatile dogs also work as seeing-eye dogs, therapy dogs, search and rescue dogs, police dogs and more.
Bouvier Des Flandres Breeders:
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