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
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.
Massive in appearance, even more accentuated by the beard and mustache. Proportionate to the body and stature.
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.
Generally gray, brindle or blackened.
Set high above the level of the eyes and falling vertically. The fold must not be higher than the top of the skull.
Set relatively high and in line with the backbone. Some dogs are born tailless. If so this cannot be penalized.
Rough to the touch, dry and matt, not too long, not too short (around 2 ½ inches) slightly tousled, without being wooly or curly.
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.
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.