Bouvier Des Flandres


A large, strong, striking dog with a long coat and bushy eyebrows. Powerful and muscular with a free flowing stride. Highly intelligent and devoted to its owners. Stable and easy going temperament. Moderate shedding – therefore not a dog for the highly allergic. Also not for the houseproud.

Minimum Exercise:

Exercise/Activity Level: High. Around 2 hours per day. Will do more.

Size: 23-27 inches

Weight: 66-88 lbs

Colour: Grey, black, tan, chocolate and cream

Town or Country: Country

Low Allergy: Possibly, probably only for mild allergies.

Best Suited for: Active country families with older children, or active country singles and couples, who aren’t especially houseproud, have lots of space and are happy to invest time in training. Best with experienced dog owners.

Group: Working

Originally From: France and Belgium

Original Purpose: Working. Cattle herder, companions and guard dogs.

Living Space: High due to their size, but are calm and sensible in the house. Needs a large securely fenced back yard.

Coat: Long, shaggy, harsh.

Grooming: High. Bouviers should be brushed/groomed around 3 times a week and require regular trimming. The long coat needs to be kept free of tangles especially around the mouth and under the stomach. The outer coat needs to be stripped when they moult every 6 months. The long coats have a tendency to attract and retain water and mud.

Children: High if trained and socialised with them early. Might be best with older children due to size and strength as it can easily knock them over.

Sociability with strangers: Low to medium – reserved but not aggressive. Protective with their family.

Sociability with animals or other dogs: Medium – needs to be socialised with them early

Trainability: Medium – they are highly intelligent and can understand what is required quickly. However they can be stubborn and require firm training and discipline from a clear ‘alpha’ pack leader. Need to be kept occupied and mentally stimulated so obedience, agility and tracking training are all beneficial.

Noise Level: Low

Known Health Issues: Bloat (twisting of the gut and stomach) and hip dysplasia

Lifespan: 10-15 years

Special Needs: Risk of cattle and sheep worrying – requires early training.    Send article as PDF