Originating in Flanders, the Bouvier des Flandres was developed by from the Beauceron and the Griffon. Though primarily a cattle herding dog (Bouvier des Flandres literally means Herdsman of Flanders), the breed was popularly used in rescue missions and for carrying messages during World War I. A near extinction because of exposure in the war, the Bouvier had to be redeveloped in 1923.
A rugged appearance, with a powerfully built body, the Bouvier des Flandres’s most prominent physical feature is its imposing head, covered with dense beard and moustache. Usually this breed has cropped ears and tail. The ears are erect and triangular. Their thick double coat comes in colors like fawn, black, grey brindle, or “pepper and salt”.
Black through to salt and pepper as well as fawn, gray and brindle are all acceptable. A small white patch on the chest is acceptable. Any parti-colored, chocolate or white coloration is considered a fault in the show ring.
While the Bouvier des Flandres looks intimidating, it is a friendly, obedient and calm dog. A gentle companion, this breed requires firm training as it takes time to learn commands, but retains them forever. It needs to clearly understand who the boss is. If socialized well in puppyhood, it will not be shy or overprotective. Great with kids, the Bouvier des Flandres is loyal and adaptable, but suspicious of strangers.
Hip dysplasia and cataract are the only problems that bother the Bouvier des Flandres. They have resistance against pain, besides being accustomed to harsh weather conditions.
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