This old bearded herder comes from the South-Western Flanders region near the border between Belgium and France. Descended from Eastern mastiffs and ovcharkas, the early incarnation of the Bouvier des Flandres was crossed with Briards and Beaucerons to establish the modern breed. This powerful cattle drover and protector was also traditionally used as a farm watchdog and draft animal in Belgium and northern France. Bred for working ability and resilience only, a number of regional types within the breed existed up to the 20th century, separated by a variety of coat types and colours. The first breed Standard was written in 1912 and revised in 1922 and later in 1965.
The Bouvier des Flandres was employed as a war dog by the French Military during the WW1, after which the breed became very rare. Introduced to America in the 1930's, this mighty worker became moderately popular as a Show dog and property guardian. Independent, territorial and fairly dog-aggressive, the Bouvier des Flanders needs proper training and handling to make a good family companion.
The coat is rough and thick, accepted in solid colours ranging from fawn to black, including various brindles. Average height is around 27 inches.