The Bouvier des Flandres or "Cattle Dog of Flanders" originated in the low-lying areas of what is now Belgium and Holland. It is virtually impossible to pinpoint the breed's exact origins, but it probably evolved from the hardiest farm and country dogs. Modernisation of farm equipment has put a stop to the Bouvier’s original use as a working dog and nowadays serves principally as a guardian of farm and family or, in some countries, as a working service dog for the Police and Defence forces.


This breed of dog usually lives up to 12 years of age but can live to 14 years with the proper care and diet.


The Bouvier des Flandres dog varies between being a natural clown capable of befriending almost anyone, and being a reserved, one-man dog. The way in which their personality develops depends very much on the amount of love and care provided. Ideally, they should be calm but alert companions with a tendency to become deeply attached to their family.


The Bouvier des Flandres has a dominant nature and likes to be "top dog" in the home. Bouvier puppies adapt well to older dogs or cats in the home, but older Bouviers can be more difficult to integrate into a new home with existing pets. Bringing a new dog into the home after your Bouvier has ruled the roost for some time may lead to conflict, but careful obedience training will soon control this behaviour.


The Bouvier des Flandres is a double-coated dog. It has an outer coat of rough and harsh hair and an undercoat of fine and close hairs. The shaggy coat of the Bouvier requires a great deal of maintenance to ensure that the loose hairs are not retained by the undercoat and it needs to be combed for a minimum of 30 minutes per week to prevent matting.


The Bouvier Des Flandres makes an excellent companion provided owners can accept a dog with an independent nature. Due to its size, this breed is ideal for those people who can give it strong leadership and plenty of exercise.


If you have decided that the Bouvier des Flandres is the dog for you and you are aware that it requires a lot of maintenance, then contact one of the groups listed below:

Canine Clubs

Australian Capital Territory:New South Wales:
Dogs ACT
(ACT Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 815
Dickson, ACT 2602
Tel: 02 6241 4404
Fax: 02 6241 1129
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs NSW
(Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
PO Box 632
St Marys, NSW 1790
Tel: 02 9834 3022
Fax: 02 9834 3872
(Details current as of 10/10/2013)
Northern Terrority :Queensland:
Dogs NT
(North Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 37521
Winnellie, NT 0821
Tel: 08 8984 3570
Fax: 08 8984 3409
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Queensland
(Canine Control Council (Queensland))
PO Box 495
Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
Tel: 07 3252 2661
Fax: 07 3252 3864
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
South Australia :Tasmania :
Dogs SA
(South Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 844
Prospect East, SA 5082
Tel: 08 8349 4797
Fax: 08 8262 5751
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Tasmania
(Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
The Rothman Building
PO Box 116
Glenorchy, Tas 7010
Tel: 03 6272 9443
Fax: 03 6273 0844
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Victoria:Western Australia:
Dogs Victoria
(Victorian Canine Association)
Locked Bag K9
Cranbourne, Vic 3977
Tel: 03 9788 2500
Fax: 03 9788 2599
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs West
(Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
Southern River, WA, 6110
Tel: 08 9455 1188
Fax: 08 9455 1190
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)