Bouvier des Flanders Description

The Bouvier des Flanders is a strong dog that has a large head which is heavily covered by its fur. This breed has a shaggy coat that gives it a unique look. The muzzle is wide, and it should have oval-shaped eyes that are brown in color. The nose should be black in color, and the teeth of this dog should be in the form of a scissors bite. The front legs of this dog should be straight and muscular.

The large shaggy coat will have a rough look, and it should either be fawn, brindle, gray, or black in color. These dogs will also have a thick undecoat. The ears should stand up, and they should also be triangular in shape.

Also Known As

Flanders Cattle Dog
Vlaamse Koehond


The Bouvier des Flanders is a pleasant dog that is quick to obey its master. Though the dog may have a fierce look, it is very gentle. However, it does make a good guard dog, and it can be trained quickly. Owners will need to be consistent when training these dogs. Once they have been trained, they will retain their skills for the duration of their lives. The Bouvier des Flanders should only be purchased by an owner who knows how to lead it. While it is a good guard dog, it is also an excellent family dog, and it enjoys being around children.

Health Problems

The Bouvier des Flanders is a generally healthy breed, but they may be susceptible to hip dysplasia or eye disorders. These dogs have a maximum life expectancy of about 12 years.


Though these dogs are active, they will only need moderate amounts of exercise. Owners will want to take them on long walks, and they will also run behind you as you ride your bike. When they are puppies, owners will want to be careful exercising them because their bones must not be placed under too much stress.

Special Grooming Needs

The Bouvier des Flanders has a coat that requires extensive amounts of care. It will need to be brushed on a daily basis, and it should only be bathed when it is needed. The coat of these dogs will need to be cut three times each year. Excess hair should be removed from the ears, and it should also be removed from the feet. Owners will not want to let the hair grow too long. When these dogs are well cared for, they should not shed large amounts.