Breed description: Bouvier

Origin: Belgium
Group: Shepherd dogs
Height: Dogs: 62-68 cm; bitches: 59-65 cm
Weight: Males: 35-40 kg; females: 27-35 kg
ColourGrey, brindle, black is also permitted.

Dealing with children

Dealing with other dogs

Dealing with other animals


The Bouvier des Flandres or Flemish Cowhound, as it is sometimes called, probably originated from a variety of breeds. Such as the BeauceronGriffon and Briard.

Although France is mentioned as the country of origin, most dogs originated in Belgium, Flanders. For a long time there was disagreement about this and people eventually went so far as to consider them as two breeds.
Because of its good qualities, the Bouvier was used as a courier dog during the World War. This cost many dogs their lives and only a few remained after the war.

Fortunately, the breed was saved and the Bouvier des Flandres was officially born.

Originally, this dog was used as a tracker and guard dog. Now it is still used as a defence and police dog.


The Bouvier may look frightening with its powerful, large body, but in real life it has a calm and quiet character.

It is a pleasant family dog that, if properly socialised, makes an excellent companion for all housemates and other pets. He naturally trusts children.

This dog needs to be brought up in a clear way. He must know who is the boss. The training must be done in a patient and friendly way without losing its tightness. An experienced owner is recommended.

The Bouvier matures late, not until around the age of 3. This means that he remains playful for a long time.

This cheerful boy is a dear friend in the house and attaches himself to the whole family.
He will certainly defend them if he has to, as he is a good watchdog. Nevertheless, he never becomes aggressive without reason. In the beginning, he is suspicious of strangers, but once they are accepted by the family, they too are sweet companions.


The Bouvier has a rough, tousled coat. It does not need much grooming. A good brushing once in a while to remove dead hairs is sufficient. Do not bathe him more than once a year either, otherwise his undercoat will be damaged.

Do visit the groomer about four times a year.
Always ensure that the ear canals are clean and clean if necessary.
Excessive hair between the soles of the feet may also be trimmed away.

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