Bouvier des Flandres


The Bouvier des Flandres is a powerfully built, compact, short-coupled, rough-coated dog of notably rugged appearance. He gives the impression of great strength without any sign of heaviness or clumsiness in his overall makeup. He is agile, spirited and bold, yet his serene, well-behaved disposition denotes his steady, resolute and fearless character. His gaze is alert and brilliant, depicting his intelligence, vigor and daring. By nature he is an equable dog.

His origin is that of a cattle herder and general farmer’s helper, including cart pulling. He is an ideal farm dog. His harsh coat protects him in all weather, enabling him to perform the most arduous tasks.  He has been used as an ambulance and messenger dog. Modern times find his as a watch and guard dog as well as a family friend, guardian and protector. His physical and mental characteristics and deportment, coupled with his olfactory abilities, his intelligence and initiative enable him to also perform as a tracking dog.


The Bouvier des Flandres is a regal dog with both the power and determination to win your heart and become a loyal companion for life. Bouviers establish themselves as significant members of the family and give their all to please and protect the home and the occupants.

Bouviers are intelligent and learn quickly when given the opportunity to gain positive reinforcement throughout the learning process. This breed works well in obedience, agility, herding, tracking and conformation.

Bouvier des Flandres is a great family dog and can be very helpful to have them as your watch dog or guard dog. They might be quite inactive indoors and prefer most of the time being outdoors.

They are given the French name due to their Flemish origin. They originate from Belgium and have a life span of about 10 to 12 years. On an average female Bouvier des Flandres litter about 8 puppies. Their body is fully covered with fur and rough coat and requires continuous grooming. They have to be bathed frequently and trimmed several times in a year. They can be good friends with other dogs as well as long as they are socialized at a very young age. Though they can be good friends with your child, but might not be very friendly with your child’s friends. Therefore, it is advised not to leave them with your children.

Bouviers are the best pets and they also require good care. Regular visit to the veterinary doctor and the vaccinations are required. To overcome these expenses you have the option of investing in a life time pet insurance cover or set aside a certain amount every month to meet the expenses.