Bouvier des Flandres

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The Bouvier des Flandres descends from a long line of cow-herding canines that for centuries assisted farmer, butchers, and cattle merchants of Belgium, particularly in southwestern Flanders and on the French northern plain. The bouviers are historically hard working dogs that earned their keep driving cattle and pulling carts. Type was never a concern until the early 1900s, when the first standard for the breed was adopted. Today the breed retains its durability, dependability, fearlessness, and adamant work ethic but appears in a more refined, well-balance body type. The Bouvier des Flandres stand 23.5-27.5 inches tall and has a harsh, dry, tousled coat that requires regular grooming, including stripping. The breed’s head is furnished with a mustache and beard, which are among the hallmarks of the breed and give the dog a rather gruff, grandfatherly appearance.

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