General Information

Dog NameBouvier des Flandres
Other NamesFlanders Cattle Dog
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeWorking Dog
Country of OriginBelgium, France

Physical And Size

Min Life Span10
Max Life Span12
Min Ideal Weight for male36
Max Ideal Weight for male36
Min Ideal Weight for female27
Max Ideal Weight for male36


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentCourageous, Affectionate, Hardworking
Prey DriveNo
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyMedium
Child FriendlyMedium
Cat FriendlyMedium
Apartment FriendlyLow
Senior Citizens FriendlyLow
Service DogLow
Search and Rescue DogLow
Biting PotentialMedium
Country of OriginBelgium and France
Nicknames and Other NamesFlanders Cattle Dog 
Vlaamse Koehond
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeWorking Dog
GroupHerding Group
Bred ForHerding, Guarding, Pulling cart
Life Span10-12 years
Ideal WeightMale: 80-120 pounds
Female: 60-80 pounds
Ideal HeightMale: 23-28 inches
Female: 22-27 inches
Fur TypeDouble coated with a harsh outer coat,
slightly longer hair on the face
Common ColorsBlack, Pepper and Salt,
Fawn, Brindle, Gray Brindle
MarkingsWhite markings, Black Mask,
Brindle markings
AvailabilityWidely available
AchievementsServed as Police dogs, Military dogs,
Rescue dogs
Suitable for ApartmentsNo
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToBlack Russian Terrier

The powerful dogs with a large head and sturdy body, walrus-like mustache, and bushy eyebrows, the Bouvier des Flandres are truly a herding dog full of energy and independence.

They are agile, bold yet serene and well-behaved dogs. If you are planning to add a Bouvier des Flandres in your family then it can be the right choice for you. The fearless dog will make a good companion in the house.

Origin And History

The Bouvier des Flandres was originated in Flemish region of Belgium and in northern France where they were bred to herd and as a working dog. It is believed that they were crossed between the local dogs with imported Irish Wolfhounds, Tibetan Mastiff, Brabanters, Schnauzers, Griffons, and Beaucerons.

In 1910, the first Bouvier caught the eye of Societe Royale Saint-Hubert at the International dog show in Brussels. Then after in 1912, a group of Bouvier gathered and decided to breed even more refined version of ‘Standard of Perfection’ which became the first-ever official Standards recognized by the Societe Royale Saint-Hubert.

Is Bouvier Child-Friendly?

Bouvier des Flandres are known to be very friendly among children. They enjoy playing with kids and staying under the supervision of them. However, they may try to rule the pack by barking and nipping.

As with every breed no matter how friendly your pet are they should always be kept under supervision while playing. They might unintentionally hurt your child.

Bouvier Loves Playing With Baby.

Behavior, Temperament And Personality

Bouvier des Flandres are wonderful house dogs. They are rambunctious and rowdy as puppies but when they are grown-ups, they tend to be dignified housemates. They are calm and friendly with other animals if they are raised with them. Bouvier loves their family and is happiest when they are surrounded by the flock of human counterparts.

Bouvier is known for its intelligence and strong-willed of their own. They may try to herd and lead the pack if he senses the lack of leadership. The modern Bouvier are prone to herd bicycles, children, and bikes. Chasing is the most considerable behavior so it is important to keep them on the leash or a fenced yard.

Their herding nature makes them protective towards their family, which often leads to aggression if they don’t feel like welcoming an intruder. However, it is important for a Bouvier des Flandres to get early socialization to people as well as other animals.


Training a Bouvier means having a strong, confident and consistent training leader. This breed is not recommended for first-time owners or who cannot give them enough time and training.

Because of their strong-willed nature, sometimes it becomes hard to train them. However, positive reinforcements and treats may help you. Harsh behavior may lead to stubbornness and avoidance behavior. They are highly intelligent dogs who can thrive on agility training and dog competitions.

Common Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesElbow Dysplasia, Glaucoma, Hip Dysplasia,
Cataracts, Heart Problem, Cancer
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Coronavirus, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parvovirus, Leptospirosis,
Canine Parainfluenza, Kennel Cough
GroomingHard and lot of Grooming required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage to High
Separation AnxietyModerate Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 23%
Fat: 10%
Fish Oil

The average life span of the Bouvier is 10-12 years. As with many other dog breeds, they are prone to have diseases like cancer, hip dysplasia as they age.

Facts About Bouvier des Flandres

  • Bouvier des Flandres are known to be dirty frequently because of which they are not recommended for fastidious people who can’t stand a mess.
  • Because of their assertive nature this breed is not recommended for novice owners.
  • Their name means either “cow herders” or “ox herders from Flandres”.

Color Patterns

Bouvier des Flandres are found in following colors –

  • Black
  • Fawn
  • Salt And Pepper
  • Grey


The Bouvier des Flandres puppies will cost you between $2000 – $6,400 depending on the quality and breeders.

Which Breed Are They Similar To?

Lastly, a Bouvier des Flandres are friendly breed and a wonderful companion in the family.

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