Breed Information Centre

Bouvier Des Flandres


Illustration of Bouvier Des Flandres

Bouvier can be translated as ‘oxherd’ or ‘cattle herder’, and each French or Belgian region has its own type. This type, from Flanders, gained a wider reputation during the First World War, when it was used both as an ambulance dog and a messenger. Many modern pedigrees trace back to a dog saved by a Belgian army vet after the breed all but died out.

A rugged, powerful dog, originally used for herding and protecting cattle in Belgium and France, the Bouvier has found his way into the towns, where he has adapted to family life. His impressive head accentuated by eyebrows, beard and moustache gives him a formidable appearance that belies his stable temperament and amiable disposition. He is good with children, quiet in the house, but ever vigilant: he can and will protect home and family.

His rough, dry coat is easy to care for, and, despite his large size, he requires only a medium amount of exercise and is not a clumsy dog. A very social dog that is happy to live in country or city, mansion or flat.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Every day
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Working Breed Group

Over the centuries these dogs were selectively bred to become guards and search and rescue dogs. Arguably, the working group consists of some of the most heroic canines in the world, aiding humans in many walks of life, including the Boxer, Great Dane and St. Bernard. This group consists of the real specialists in their field who excel in their line of work.

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