Development of the Bouvier des Flandres started in the farming areas of Flanders in south Belgium as a herder, drover and protector of cattle. His early ancestors included local sheepdogs and water dogs. The breed almost became extinct after World War I but was successfully brought back by a few dedicated breeders. Coat colours are fawn to black, including brindle.
Temperament: An intelligent, brave and sensible dog. The Bouvier is a working dog with a versatile nature. A bold, spirited but steady breed who thrives on human companionship.
Lifestyle: He is a vigilant and well-behaved house dog and an excellent guard of property. The Bouvier is good with children, but can be strong willed. He needs a confident owner.
General care: A shaggy, abundant coat with a thick, course top coat and dense undercoat. Needs regular brushing and special grooming to achieve a typical Bouvier outline.
Exercise: Bouviers are intelligent and compete successfully in many dog sports including obedience, agility, tracking and carting. They make good watchdogs but need positive and firm training. Needs a few exercise sessions throughout the day.