Bouvier des Flandres

Other names: Flanders Cattle Dog, Vlamse Koehond

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The Bouvier des Flandres is a dog with a massive appearance, giving off an impression of great strength and power, but without heaviness. He is relatively stocky, his limbs are strong and well muscled.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Belgium, France
Template Big
Head shape Square
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 27 kg to 35 kg From 59 cm to 65 cm
Male From 35 kg to 40 kg From 62 cm to 68 cm
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History of the breed

The Bouvier des Flandres breed finds its origins in the historic region of Flanders . This county straddled France and Belgium . He came from a selection of local cattle dogs and quickly showed off his physical strength and intelligence. First used for herding cattle herds . The Bouvier des Flandres then established itself as an excellent guard and defense dog, especially on farms. Today, he is also employed by the police force.

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Physical features

His coat: thick, dense, rough to the touch, dry, mat and of medium length. Slightly tousled, but neither woolly nor curly. Shorter on the head, with whiskers around the upper lip and a thick beard at the chin.
Its color: gray, brindle, charcoal, even black. A white star on the chest is allowed.
His head: massive in appearance, proportioned to the body and size of the dog. The skull is well developed and flat, with a length slightly greater than the width. The stop is not very marked.
Its ears: set high, with the flags falling vertically, mid-length, in the shape of an equilateral triangle and slightly rounded at the tip.
His eyes: slightly oval in shape, focused on a horizontal line, dark in color compared to the dress, with black eyelids and conjunctiva never visible. Display a frank and energetic expression.
His body: rather stocky, powerful and short. The back and the loins are short, broad and muscular, the chest is broad and well let down to the level of the elbows. The belly is slightly raised.
Its tail: attached high, aligned with the spine.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Bouvier des Flandres is a dog whose loyalty and attachment to his master and his family are unwavering. Affectionate towards children , he can however be dominant with his congeners , especially if they are of the same sex. Driven by an unusual courage and instinct for protection, he is, moreover, particularly suspicious of strangers . All of this makes them an excellent watchdog .

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The Bouvier des Flandres being a dog with an assertive character , it needs a firm and consistent education . His master must be the pack leader in his eyes. Otherwise, the dog may become difficult to manage in adulthood and will always want to gain the upper hand. Its socialization must be early and of quality to attenuate its dominant behavior vis-à-vis other dogs.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Bouvier des Flandres is clearly not made to live in an apartment , but rather in a house with a fenced garden allowing it to exercise freely. He needs an active and available master , to offer him enough exercise, but also experienced so as not to let his dominant character take over.


Ease of gaining weight

The Bouvier des Flandres is a very resistant dog, as well in the cold as in the big efforts. He rarely gets sick, but the breed remains affected by various hereditary ailments: hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, abnormalities of the lumbosacral region or cardiac stenosis.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 5 and 10 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Minor concerns
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Fragmentation of the coronoid process
Gastric torsion
Occasional concerns
Suggested tests

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Bouvier des Flandres is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Bouvier des Flandres knows a very moderate moult , even almost non-existent. Its losses are by hairballs and not by scattered hairs. Its rustic color only requires regular maintenance to prevent damage and dust accumulation.


It is recommended to brush the dog on a weekly or bi-weekly schedule to keep the coat and skin clean and healthy. It is also advisable to have it groomed by a professional about 3 times a year . Care must be taken that the beard, eyebrows and mustaches are not cut.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 600
900 €

The purchase price of a Bouvier des Flandres is between € 600 and € 900.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Bouvier des Flandres is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

Although the Bouvier des Flandres is rather calm during most of the day, he needs a lot of exercise during his daily outings due in particular to his developed muscles and his taste for work.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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Owner’s words

Haydene (4 years old) and Gino (soon 5 years old) our 2 herdsmen. They are big teddy bears with big hearts, very affectionate and very demanding for caresses and hugs. Impressive at first glance especially when they bark (for the safety of the house it’s great!). If you want them to live in the house, you don’t have to be a maniac, they shed a lot of hair … I vacuum every day. It still needs a little maintenance with their long hairs.

They are not athletic dogs, but they like long walks, when you take them everywhere you have to have the car accordingly! It is a sociable breed with other dogs, cats, rabbits … In short if the hair, long walks, caresses, if you have room and the pots of glue do not bother you then the Bernese Mountain Dog is made for you!

Julie G. (France)


Loves! Very sociable dogs, they have only one owner, but for cuddles everyone is allowed. I run a hotel and my Ermes, a 7 year old Bouvier now, is with me every day. He loves welcoming customers. He also adores children, he is a big teddy bear, but who also knows how to be protective of his family. A little pot of glue it’s true, but at the same time he’s all day with me.

Dorothée A. (Normandy, France)


The Bernese Mountain Dog is a big teddy bear that grows so fast! A dog very close to his master, who loves cuddles and children. Mine is quite timid, but we are working on it (she is 1 year old). A stubborn character, but very adorable, a real ray of sunshine! The Bernese Mountain Dog requires a little maintenance, because it loses a lot of its beautiful black hairs, but no need to cut the hairs, a bath from time to time and a brush stroke is enough!

He likes to play the crazy, run around … Mine lives in an apartment with a garden level, she loves being outside, but she likes an apartment just as well. You just have to give them time to take them out and spend them physically. A fairly obedient dog, but who needs to be stood up to him. In short, an adorable, kind, not mean and magnificent dog!

Laura E. (Saverne, France)


FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)

Recognized by FCI

Since 1955


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