Bouvier des Flandres

Herding Group

Bouvier des Flandres dog lying against white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 23.5-26.5 in, Males 24.5-27.5 in

Weight

70-110 lbs

Life Expectancy

10-12 yrs

History

The Bouvier des Flandres originated during the medieval times in the principality of Flanders, which encompassed parts of modern-day France, Belgium, and The Netherlands. Farmers wanted a multi-purpose farm dog that could herd and guard their flocks, pull carts, and perform other odd jobs, which is exactly what the Bouvier des Flandres did. During the first World War, some of the dogs were used in the Belgian army. Since then, they have found work as police dogs, guide dogs, and companion animals.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Bouviers des Flandres will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★☆☆☆

★★☆☆☆

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★★★★☆

★☆

★☆☆

★☆☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★☆☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★☆☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★☆


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆☆


Shedding

★☆☆☆

Common Traits

Devoted and loving but show affection in low-key ways, like by curling up by your feet

Very people-oriented and happiest when they're with their family- they tend to be unhappy and destructive when left alone for long

Intelligent but can be stubborn, assertive, and difficult to train

Known to have particularly stinky flatulence

Attempt to herd everything and anyone, including joggers, children, etc.