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Bouvier des Flandres

A Franco/Belgian that likes it where it is

Breed
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Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)
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Original Name : Bouvier des Flandres

Type : Lupoid

Male size : 24½-26 ¾ inches (1/3 inch tolerance either way)

Male weight : 77-88 lbs

Female size : 23¼-25 ½ inches (1/3 inch tolerance either way)

Female weight : 59½-77 lbs

Degree of grooming :

Countries of origin : Belgium France

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The Bouvier des Flandres has a short, stocky body and strong, muscular legs. At first sight, it must exude strength without heaviness. It must be judged in natural postures, without physical contact with the handler.

Head+

Massive in appearance, even more accentuated by the beard and mustache. Proportionate to the body and stature.

lupoid

Body+

Powerful, stocky and short, with a horizontal topline of back and loins, tight and firm. The withers are slightly raised and the back is short, broad, muscular and well supported, with no sign of weakness, but flexible all the same.

lupoid

Coat+

Generally gray, brindle or blackened.

lupoid

Ears+

Set high above the level of the eyes and falling vertically. The fold must not be higher than the top of the skull.

lupoid

Tail+

Set relatively high and in line with the backbone. Some dogs are born tailless. If so this cannot be penalized.

lupoid

Hair+

Rough to the touch, dry and matt, not too long, not too short (around 2 ½ inches) slightly tousled, without being wooly or curly.

lupoid

The Bouvier des Flandres comes from the historical county of Flanders, which is now part of modern-day France and Belgium. Needing good dogs to drive their herds, the cowmen and drovers of Flanders only selected from local canines with the required behavioral and physical qualities, which are now embodied in the Bouvier des Flandres.Look into the eyes of this calm yet bold breed and you will be struck by its intelligence, energy and audacity. Its natural aptitudes for work must always be preserved. Any change that threatens them must be penalized.

Did you know ?

The Bouvier des Flandres was originally used to drive herds, as a draft animal and to churn butter. The modernization of farm equipment changed this and nowadays the Bouvier des Flandres is used to guard farms and as a defense and police dog.

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