Description: Dogs of this breed are big and big-hearted. They are strong, can think for themselves and are very protective. He can sometimes be suspicious of other dogs. While he's not overly active in the house, he does need plenty of exercise. Country or suburban living suits him well.
The Bouvier is an equable dog, steady, resolute and fearless. Viciousness or shyness is undesirable. You really have to earn a Bouvier’s respect so start obedience training earlier.
Though a natural guard dog, Bouviers are not attack dogs. They’re tolerant and enjoy the company of children.
Other Names: Belgian Cattle Dog
Height: 23 - 27 inches
Weight: 59.5 - 88 lbs.
Colors: Fawn to black, including brindle
Coat: Rough, thick, harsh with a soft dense undercoat
Temperament: Alert, responsive, even tempered
With Children: Yes, gentle with family children but may be intolerant of other children.
With Pets: Yes, if raised with other pets. He also may be dog aggressive.
Special Skills: In the past, a cattle driver. Today, a guard dog, defense dog, and family pet.
Watch-dog: Very High
Guard-dog: High, an excellent guard dog and brave protector, he will watch out for strangers and other dogs.
Care and Training: Regular attention should be given to his teeth, nails and ears. Weekly brushing is a must. Needs plenty of exercise, but be careful not to jogged with him over long distances as he is heavy in structure and predisposition to hip problems. Ample space is necessary and he needs to be put to work to keep his mind active.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - Medium, Problem Solving - High.
Activity: Outdoors - High, Indoors - Low
Living Environment: He will adapt to country or suburban living, but does the best in the country. A fenced yard is a must and he should not be kept in cramped quarters. An owner of a Bouvier des Flandres needs to be a firm, strong leader.
Health Issues: Some problems with hip dysplasia, bloat and eye problems.
Life Span: 10 - 12 Years
Litter Size: 5 - 10
Country of Origin: Belgium
History: He dates back to the sixteenth century where he originated from the Flanders area of Belgium where he was used to pull cards and drive cattle. His name Bouvier means "driver of oxen". During World War I, he almost became extinct. Saved by a few Belgian vets who began to breed, he was then imported to the US in the 1930's.
First Registered by the AKC: 1931