Bouvier des Flanders are intelligent, hard working, calm, and usually friendly. These traits in addition to their keen sense of smell and dense coat made the breed well suited for its original use as a farm dog. Dog sports such as pulling carts, agility, tracking, herding, and obedience as sport can help to provide physical and mental stimulation while strengthening the dog's bond with its family. Bouvier des Flanders are also used as service dogs, particularly in search and rescue and law enforcement, disability assistance, and animal assisted-therapy.
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The Bouvier des Flandres was developed in French-occupied Flandres in the 1600?s to assist with the herding of cattle (located in what is today known as Belgium). The direct ancestors of the Bouvier des Flandres include the Brussels Griffon and the Beauceron. The legacy of the breed has produced many admirable qualities including a square and powerful build as well as a rugged and formidable appearance.
The breed standards for the Bouvier were established in France in 1912 by the vice-president of the Club St. Hubert du Nord. While the breed began to decrease in numbers during World Wars I and II, they were able to survive in Belgium due to the efforts of a Veterinarian in the Belgian Army.
The Bouvier des Flandres was not introduced into the United States until after World War II and the breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1929.