Bouvier des Flandres


Bouvier means “cowherd” in French, and that’s exactly what the Bouvier des Flandres did best. Because early individuals of the breed were strictly working dogs, the dogs came in a variety of sizes and colors. Interest in the breed developed in the early 1900s, and an accepted standard soon followed. Although the Bouvier des Flandres is not extremely popular, it is recognized for its excellence in dog shows and herding trials.


Large; females 231/2 to 261/2 inches, males 241/2 to 271/2 inches, 60 to 90 pounds.


Fawn to black, salt and pepper, gray, and brindle.


Steady, resolute, and fearless. Loyal, devoted, and protective; reserved with strangers and can be aggressive with strange dogs. Independent and confident, but willing to please.

Energy level:

Medium to high.

Best owner:

Strong, confident owner with time for training, exercise, and grooming.


Daily interaction and exercise (herding is ideal, but running and playing work), fenced yard, cool climate, early training, and regular brushing and grooming.

Life expectancy:

10 to 12 years.