Non-sporting Breeds

Bouvier des Flandres

Bouvier des Flandres
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 24-27 in (61-69cm) Bitch: 23-26 in (59-66cm)
Weight: 88 lb (36kg)
Coat: Rough, thick, and harsh with a soft, dense undercoat
Color: From fawn to black, including brindle; white star on chest permissible; white predominating or chocolate brown highly undesirable; light, washed-out shades undesirable

The Bouvier des Flandres or Belgian Cattle Dog originates, as might be expected, from the Flanders area, between the River Lys valley and the coast. This shaggy dog looks the picture of ferocity in its homeland, where its ears are traditionally cropped. It was bred as a farm dog from a multiplicity of working breeds with the purpose of producing a good all-rounder, and was used in the hunt over rough ground, and as a herder, drover, protector, and guard. The Bouvier has been used extensively as a police dog in Europe. A possible standard for the breed was discussed in 1912, but it was not until after World War I that a standard was drawn up and finalized by the Club National Belge du Bouvier des Flandres. The Bouvier des Flandres can be rather fierce, but has a calm and sensible temperament, and is intelligent, hardy, and trustworthy. It is extremely loyal to its family and is easily trained. The breed does, however, require a good deal of exercise and regular brushing. Its somewhat fearsome appearance belies its good nature. It is mainly kept as a pet or show dog.
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