Bouvier des Flandres

Bouvier des Flandres

Infobox Dogbreed

image_caption = A Bouvier des Flandres
name = Bouvier des Flandres
altname = Flanders Cattle Dog
Vlaamse Koehond
country = Belgium
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fcisection = 2
fcinum = 191
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akcgroup = Herding
akcstd =
ankcgroup = Group 5 (Working Dogs)
ankcstd =
fcistd =
ckcgroup = Group 7 - Herding Dogs
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kcukgroup = Working
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The Bouvier des Flandres is a dog breed originating in Flanders. They were originally used for general farm work including cattle droving, sheep herding, cart pulling, and nowadays as guard dogs, police dogs, and security dogs, as well as being kept as pets. The French name of the breed means, literally, "Herder of Flanders", referring to the Flemish origin of the breed. Other names for the breed are "Toucheur de Boeuf" (cattle driver) and "Vuilbaard" (dirty beard).



The Bouvier is a powerfully built compact rough coated dog of rugged appearance. It gives the impression of size and strength without clumsiness or heaviness. Perhaps its most notable feature is the impressive head which is accentuated by a heavy beard and mustache. The ears and tail of the Bouvier are traditionally cropped. The weight of males ranges from 100 to 120 pounds or 45 to 55 kilograms; they are powerfully built, with a thick double coat, which can be fawn, black, grey brindle, or "pepper and salt" in color. Bouviers are sometimes considered non-shedding, but in fact do lose hair, like all dogs. Most of the hair that they lose is caught within the double coat which results in matting. They require weekly brushing and combing to maintain the coat. In addition to weekly brushing, the coat should be trimmed approximately every 3-5 weeks if it is to be a show-dog. Trimming requires practice to achieve the proper look.


Bouvier des Flandres are rational, gentle, loyal, and protective in nature. The breed's unique blend of characteristics makes them ideal family pets, as well as keen guard dogs. Unlike many animals bred for basic aggressive nature and power, the Bouvier des Flandres possess sophisticated traits, such as complex control, intelligence, and accountability.

Famous Bouvier des Flandres

* Lucky, pet of Ronald Reagan
* Patrache, a Bouvier des Flandres found by a boy named Nello in A Dog of Flanders
* Max and later his mate Madchen, fictional characters featured in W.E.B._Griffin's [ Presidential Agent] series


External links

*Breed clubs, associations, and societies
** [ Bouvier des Flandres Club of Canada, inc.]
** [ American Bouvier des Flandres Club]
** [ Bouvier des Flanders Club of Great Britain]
** [ British Bouvier Association]
** [ American Bouvier Rescue League]
** [ Odyssey Bouviers]
** [ Bouvier des Flandres Resources] : +/- 1,000 page non-commercial repository of all things Bouvier, including topics on Health, Training, Gooming, History, Sports, Work, Art, Stories, Rescue, Links, Books, Photos, Internet Groups.

** [ Don't Buy A Bouvier]
** [ Bouvier Buyer's Guide]
** [ Bouvier New Zealand]

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См. также в других словарях:

  • Bouvier des Flandres — FCI Standard Nr. 191 Gruppe 1: Hütehunde und Treibhunde …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Bouvier Des Flandres — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Bouvier. Bouvier des Flandres …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Bouvier des flandres — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Bouvier. Bouvier des Flandres …   Wikipédia en Français

  • bouvier des Flandres — [bo͞o΄vē ā΄ də flan′dərz, bo͞o΄vē ā΄dā flan′dərz; ] Fr [ bo͞o vyā dā flän′dr ] n. [Fr, lit., cowherd of Flanders] any of a breed of large, strong dog with a rough, wiry coat and pointed, erect ears: first used in Flanders for herding cattle: also …   English World dictionary

  • Bouvier des Flandres — ● Bouvier des Flandres race de chiens d assez grande taille, à poil hirsute, utilisée autrefois pour conduire les troupeaux de gros bétail …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Bouvier des Flandres — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Bouvier. Bouvier des Flandres …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Bouvier des Flandres — noun (plural Bouvier des Flandres or Bouviers des Flandres) Etymology: French, literally, cowherd of Flanders Date: 1929 any of a breed of large powerfully built rough coated dogs of Belgian origin used especially for herding and in guard work… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Bouvier des Flandres — noun rough coated breed used originally in Belgium for herding and guarding cattle • Syn: ↑Bouviers des Flandres • Hypernyms: ↑shepherd dog, ↑sheepdog, ↑sheep dog * * * büvyādāfläⁿdr(ə), d(rə) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bouvier des Flandres — /booh vyay deuh flan deuhrz/; Fr. /booh vyay day flahonn drddeu/, pl. Bouviers des Flandres /booh vyayz deuh flan deuhrz/; Fr. /booh vyay day flahonn drddeu/. one of a Belgian breed of dogs having eyebrows, a mustache and a beard, and a rough,… …   Universalium

  • Bouvier des Flandres — Bou•vier des Flan•dres [[t]buˈvyeɪ də ˈflæn dərz, ˈflɑ̃ drə[/t]] n. pl. Bou•viers des Flan•dres [[t]buˈvyeɪz[/t]] dch any of a Belgian breed of large, rugged dogs having a rough, tousled coat used for cattle herding, guarding, and police work •… …   From formal English to slang

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