Breed Information Centre

Bouvier Des Flandres

Description

Illustration of Bouvier Des Flandres

The word Bouvier means cattle herder and this was the traditional role of the breed. Many regions of Belgium and France had their own types of Bouvier, but most have become extinct, wiped out in the battles of the First World War.

A Belgian army vet, Captain Barbry helped the breed to survive after rescuing a Bouvier in the War, and later started a careful breeding programme with this dog.

The Bouvier is a strong dog with a dense matt coat. He has shown his versatility in tracking, carting and as a guard dog. He was also used by the armed forces as an ambulance dog.

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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