Description of the Bouvier des Flandres from The Complete Dog Book
The Bouvier Des Flandres is a powerfully built, compact, short-coupled, rough-coated dog of notably rugged appearance. He gives the impression of great strength without any sign of heaviness or clumsiness in his overall makeup. He is agile, spirited and bold, yet his serene, well-behaved disposition denotes his steady, resolute and fearless character. His gaze is alert and brilliant, depicting his intelligence, vigor and daring. By nature he is an equable dog.
His origin is that of a cattle herder and general farmer's helper, including cart pulling. He is an ideal farm dog. His harsh coat protects him in all weather, enabling him to perform the most arduous tasks. The coat may be trimmed slightly only to accent the body line.
He been used as an ambulance and messenger dog. Modern times find him as a watch and guard dog as well as a family friend, guardian, and protector. His physical and mental characteristics and deportment, coupled with his olfactory abilities, his intelligence and initiative enable him to also perform as a tracking dog and a guide dog for the blind.
Color -- From fawn to black, passing through salt and pepper,gray and brindle. Some colors are not favored in the show ring.
Height -- 25 to 27 inches at the withers.
Weight -- 90 to 120 pounds.
Temperament -- Very calm. Usually very good with and protective of children.