Level: Moderate - High
Function: herding and protection
Calm, thoughtful character of a sensible, but fearless dog.
used as a herding dog, as a draught dog and as a churning dog. The
modernisation of farm equipment has affected these first tasks and
nowadays the Bouvier des Flandres is above all used as a guard dog
for the estate and the farm, as a defence and police dog. Its physical
and behavioural aptitudes, its great qualities of scent, initiative
and intelligence warrant its use as a tracking dog, a messenger
dog and a gamekeeper's dog.
for: Active people & families.
9 - 15 years
Dogs 62-68 cm (24 ½ to 27 ins)
Bitches 59-65 cm (22 to 25 ½ ins)
Dogs Approx 35-40 kg (77 to 88 lbs)
Bitches 27-35 kg (60 to 77 lbs)
Coat is usually grey, brindle or overlaid with black. A completely
uniform black is also accepted without being favoured. Light coloured,
so-called washed-out coats are not acceptable. A white star on the
chest is tolerated.
Very abundant, the outercoat forming with the dense undercoat
a protective layer perfectly adapted to the sudden climatic changes
in this breed's native land. The hair must be coarse to the touch,
dry and matt, neither too long nor too short (about 6 cm), slightly
tousled but never woolly or curly.
Appearance: Large sized body, rough, strong and compact.
They have a rugged appearance with beards, moustaches, and bushy
eyebrows. They give the impression of power, having strongly muscled
limbs, but do not give any signs of clumsiness. They have an abundant,
harsh coat which is unkempt-looking. Their movement is free and
easy but, at the same time, powerful and driving.