Bouvier des Flandres Dog Breed Profile

by Dr. Chris

AKC Group: Herding Group

The Bouvier des Flandres is originated as a French farm dog and was used to pull carts, herd cattle, and for protection. It makes a great family dog because of its gentle personality.


The Bouvier des Flandres comes from Belgium, having a background that goes back close to the sixteenth century. Bred to drive livestock, this breed nearly vanished following 1st World War. The Bouvier Des Flandres was authorized by AKC in 1931.

Physical Features

The Bouvier des Flandres attains heights of about 23-28 inches, and weighs about 65-130 pounds. His coat is harsh, rough, and dense, with a more supple undercoat. This thick double coat should be taken care of to maintain it in good shape. However, he's not a weighty shedder which is great news for people with allergies.

The coloring of Bouvier des Flandres could be black, fawn, brindle, or salt and pepper effect. He's got a strong build and a unique look. His beard helps to make him look tough. The Bouvier is a strongly built rough covered dog. It shows the impression of strength and size without heaviness and clumsiness. The weight of males is about 100 to 120 pounds, a bit less for females.


Bouviers des Flandres are rational, gentle, loyal, and protective in nature. The breed's specific blend of features brings about good family pets, and also great guard dogs. They are enthusiastic, even tempered, fearless, and responsible, and are outstanding watchdogs that are simple to train. This breed understands commands fairly fast.

Common Health Problems

If you're thinking about buying a Bouvier des Flandres puppy, it is vital you pick a dependable and trustworthy breeder. Make sure that the potential puppy's parents have certified pedigrees. Breeding of any dog shouldn't be done until once they have been shown to be clear of any hereditary illnesses.

The Black Russian Terrier is also a breed from Russia and it looks very similar.

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