meet theBouvier des Flandres


Training &Temperament

The importance of socialization and basic obedience training for these big, smart dogs can’t be recommended too strongly. A puppy kindergarten that uses positive reinforcement training is a good place to start. Bouviers are protective by nature. Walks and outings with you where they can meet other people and dogs, hear noises, and investigate their world in a safe way are socializing experiences that develop their protective instinct in an appropriate way. These are smart dogs. Don’t underestimate them. They are also big dogs. It is much easier to establish yourself as head of the household early on while you can still lift your pupil. Bouvier puppies tend to be "mouthy" and can play rough. While Bouviers are loving with children and make excellent family dogs, this early puppy behavior can be too rough for small children. Crate training is humane and safe. It is a way your puppy can be near you any time without getting into trouble, and his crate will become his quiet nest as an adult.

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Did You Know?

The Bouvier originated in Southwest Flanders and on the French northern plain.

The owners/farmers needed help with their work. They needed a dog to churn the butter and grist mill, haul the product to market, drive the cattle and guard the farm and stock.

Other names for the Bouvier include Vuilbaard (dirty beard), koehond (cow dog), toucheur de boeuf or pic (cattle driver).

The Bouvier was first exhibited at the International Dog Show in May 1910 in Brussels, although a standard did not exist until 1912.

In Belgium, a Bouvier cannot win the title of champion unless he has also won a prize in work-competition as a police, defense, or army dog.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black 007
Brindle 057
Fawn 082
Gray Brindle 107
Pepper & Salt 139
Black & Brindle 008
Black & Brown 009
Black & Fawn 011
Black & Gray 012
Black & White 019
Blue 037
Blue & Gray 048
Brown 061
Silver & Gray 180
White 199


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Black Mask 004
Brindle Markings 007
White Markings 014