Bouvier des Flandres Dog Breed Information

There is no real agreement concerning the origin of this Franco-Belgian breed. It may have been formed by crossing the Griffon and the Beauceron. The breed originated in Belgium by the working class who were not interested in creating a show dog, but rather wanted a working dog.

Farmers, butchers, or cattle merchants used the dogs in their everyday work. While the dogs varied in size and look, they still were similar enough to recognize them as a Bouvier. Bouvier des Flandres means cowherd from Flanders. Later they were used as a message carrier and rescue dog during World War I. Like most breeds during the world wars, the Bouvier was almost killed off. In 1923 a group of individuals worked at recreating the Bouvier breed and a breed club was formed in Belgium.

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