Bouvier Des Flandres Dog Breed

This dog breed is very loyal and quite protective.
By: PawCulture Editors
Bouvier Des Flandres relaxing in a grassy field.

About the Bouvier Des Flandres Dog Breed

Agile, spirited and bold, yet serene and well-behaved, the Bouvier des Flandres is a fearless, efficient farm dog.

Bouvier Des Flandres Physical Characteristics

The Bouvier des Flandres is large dog with a boxy build and a high tucked abdomen. It has a square-shaped head and and erect ears. The most distinctive characteristic of the Bouvier des Flandres, however, is its heavy beard and mustache.


The Bouvier des Flandres is usually black or grey, but can be fawn.


The Bouvier des Flandres’s coat is rough, heavy, and curly. Its undercoat is dense —good for all weather.

Bouvier Des Flandres Personality and Temperament

Activity Level



The Bouvier des Flandres is very loyal to its human family and quite protective. It also loves to be outdoors and play games.

Things to Consider

The Bouvier des Flandres is very protective and needs to be socialized with children at a young age.

Bouvier Des Flandres Care

Ideal Living Conditions

The Bouvier des Flandres fares well in the country or city.

Special Requirements

The Bouvier des Flandres requires regular exercise and grooming.

Bouvier Des Flandres Health

The following conditions are commonly seen in Bouvier des Flandres:


Bouvier Des Flandres History and Background

The Bouvier des Flandres breed is known for its versatile character. The word “bouvier” means ox-herd or cowherd in French. They are popular today as show dogs and herders. They received their name from southwest Flanders where they were used by farmers for managing cattle in the farmlands. This breed was also used by farmers on the plains of northern France.

The Bouvier des Flandres was also known as koe bond (cow dog) or Vuilbaard (dirty beard). They existed in a variety of colors, types, and sizes. Besides managing cattle, they had to work as a draft dog and a farm dog as well. It is assumed that this breed originated from the Sheepdog, Mastiff, and certain spaniels to some extent.

The first standard that was drawn up in 1912 created a great interest in the breed. A large number of the Bouvier des Flandres dogs were, however, lost during the First World War, when they served as ambulance and messenger dogs. A dog named Ch. Nic de Sottegem survived the war and proved to have great quality. All the modern Bouviers are descendants of this dog.

It was in 1922 that a revised standard led to the production of a more homogeneous breed. They earned huge popularity as show dogs in the 1930s, when they first entered the United States.