The Bouvier des Flandres is a herding dog breed originating in Flanders. They were originally used for general farm work including cattle droving, sheep herding, and cart pulling, and nowadays as guard dogs and police dogs, as well as being kept as pets.
Links to Breed Descriptions:
AKC Video Link
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See: The German Kennel Club (VDH) for information and video (if available).
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ABdFC - Get to Know the Bouvier Resources
Other Names for Breed:
Bouvier des Flandres/Vlaamse Koehond
Boyero de Flandes
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club:
Health and Well-Being:
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
2. Registration Statistics:
The Kennel Club: September 2015 Population analysis of the Bouvier Des Flandres breed
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Bouvier Health Foundation: 2004 Bouvier Health Survey
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
Other Breed-Specific Webpages:
Bouvier Health Foundation
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
France: Club Français du Bouvier des Flandres et des Ardennes
USA: American Bouvier des Flandres Club