Bouvier des Flandres

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Bouvier des Flandres overview

Originated in Belgium for use in cattle droving and cart pulling. Robust, powerful and usually amiable, they are suitable for the urban environment, preferring colder climates and make good watch dogs. Also suitable for living and sleeping outside. Not good with other dogs and can sometimes revert to their cattle herding origins and become quite aggressive.

Previously customarily docked. Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, docking has been banned in the UK. However an exemption has been put in place for Spaniels, Terriers and Hunt, Point and Retrieve breeds if the owner (breeder) can prove that the puppies have been bred to work. The puppies must be docked and microchipped by a veterinary surgeon before they are 5 days old. In Scotland, docking was banned completely in 2007 with no exemption for working dogs. 

Other known names for Bouvier des Flandres

Vlaamse Koehond, Flanders Cattle Dog

Bouvier des Flandres foreign names

Vlaamse Bouvier (Dutch), Boyero de Flandes (Spanish)



Breed Group

Working Group

Biological data

Male: 35-40 kg.
Female: 27-35 kg.
Male: 62-68 cm. / 24½-27½ inches.
Female: 59-65 cm. / 23½-26½ inches.
Colours, markings and patterns
From fawn to black including brindle.
White star on chest permissible.
White predominating or chocolate brown highly undesirable.
Light washed out shades undesirable.

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Bouvier des Flandres – Breed standard

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Bouvier des Flandres references and further reading

Bouvier des Flandres Club of Canada 

Nederlandse Bouvier Club  


American Bouvier des Flandres Club 

Bouvier des Flandres Club of Great Britain  

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