Bouvier Des Flandres
The Bouvier des Flandres breed originated in the area between France and the Netherlands. Originally used by merchants, farmers and cattlemen, the Bouvier made its name by herding cattle and other livestock. During both World Wars, they proved to be very useful, hunting for wounded soldiers and acting as couriers.
The Bouvier des Flandres is a large, strong animal covered in a rough double coat. Its massive head is covered in hair, including a distinctive beard and moustache. It has a broad, tapered muzzle and dark, oval-shaped eyes. Its tail is usually docked and carried high. Overall, the Bouvier appears sturdy and powerful without seeming heavy.
The Bouvier des Flandres can live as long as 12 years.
- Hip dysplasia
- Seasonal flank alopecia
- Hypoplastic trachea
- Muscular dystrophy
- Squamous cell carcinoma of the digit
- Primary glaucoma
- Laryngeal paralysis