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    Brief Description: 

    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.

    Source: Wikipedia


    Links to Breed Descriptions: 

    AKC Video Link

    View more videos on AKC's YouTube Channel

     

    See: The German Kennel Club (VDH) for information and video (if available).
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    Video Link

    This and other breed videos are available in full length here

     


    Other Names for Breed: 
    • Bouvier des Flandres/Vlaamse Koehond
    • Boyero de Flandes
    • Flandrischer Treibhund

     


    Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club: 

     

     


    Health and Well-Being: 

    Some sources of health information include:

    1. National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
    2. Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
    3. Research articles
    4. Breed club surveys


    Breed Standards: 

    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)


    Breed-Specific Statistics: 

    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:

     


    Breeding/Health Strategy Documents: 

    Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:

    1. The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch
    2. Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
    3. Finland

     

    Health Surveys:

    1. The Kennel Club: Bouvier Des Flandres Pedigree Breed Health Survey
    2. Bouvier Health Foundation: 2004 Bouvier Health Survey

     


    Breed-Specific DNA Tests: 

    The Kennel Club list of DNA tests available for each breed along with an indication as to whether the test is part of the Assured Breeder Scheme (recommended or required) and whether it is recorded on the Kennel Club registration database.


    Breed-Specific Articles: 

     

     


    Other Breed-Specific Webpages: 

    Bouvier Health Foundation

     


    Breed-Specific Research: 

     

     


    Breed Clubs: 

    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


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