The Psalm is alive: wolf’s fierceness and sweetness of the lamb in a single creature. As a spectacular guardian and partner, consider the Bouvier des Flanders, as the last Flanders sealer.

Robust, strong and compact, the Bouvier des Flanders is distinguished by its rustic appearance, known by its beard, moustache and bushy raised eyebrows. The skull appears well developed and flat; the ears, high inserted, without cropping or cropped in triangle: the muzzle is wide and full. The desired proportions are essentially square, and long lined specimens are undesirable. The lower outline wide never distended or tucked in. The tail is docked to the second or third vertebrae; sometimes specimens are born tailless, and are perfectly acceptable. Shoulders are quite long but not loaded; the elbows, close to the body; the pasterns, quite short, slightly sloped forward. The hindquarters display potent thighs, and parallel forelimbs. The coat is double; the outer coat is fine and thick. The Bouvier des Flanders’ color is between fawn and black, including salt and pepper, gray and bristle (white stars at the chest are admitted); chocolate brown, white and parti-colored are undesirable. Height in males is between 62 and 68 cm; the female, 2.5 cm less. Height deviations are severely penalized; weight for males is between 35 and 40 kg and for females between 27 and 35 kg.
Bouvier des Flanders’ intelligence and obedience has provided many service tasks throughout the years.
The Bouvier des Flanders, ancient cow herder, currently conducts herds of new admirers for its skills as a guardian and being an excellent family dog. Despite its brawny roughness and sight aggressiveness, the Bouvier des Flanders is delicate with children. Famous for its work as a police dog, to pull carts, as an ambulance dog and war messenger, it learns its task quickly and executes it with devotion.
Choose a puppy with a solid build, well balanced, not too small or large. The young Bouvier des Flanders should be active and playful.

The litter and puppy sizes vary a lot in this breed, without any relation. The newborn Bouvier des Flanders can weigh between 226 and 680 g. The buyer should avoid excessively small or large puppies, since these don’t mature correctly. Mostly excessively dogs are prone to growth problems affecting bones and joints, and stomach proportion. The dewclaws should be removed as soon as possible if any, and the regular tail docking should be performed three days after birth. It is also a custom to crop the ears, and this is usually done around the seventh week (salve current country bans). Most puppies are prepared to go to their new homes around the ninth week, and will show its first guardian instincts at three months. Dark coated dogs tend to darken with age, turning almost black with age, while fawns tend to lighten with years. A good socialization is important in the growth period, since these large dogs can be problematic if ignored or excessively stimulated.
World War II almost wiped the breed out, and since then it has been reconstructed over a limited breeding base. This consanguinity has led to reproduction complications, including endometritis (uterus lining swelling) and ovary cysts. Stomach problems that some owners point out usually are easily treated, although we should keep an eye on stomach torsions feeding smaller portions distributed in two meals. In general, the Bouvier des Flanders is a noticeably strong and robust breed, relatively free of hip dysplasia and other hereditary anomalies. Lymphosarcoma and hypothyroidism cases are reported, although with relatively low incidence. The most important thing is to select from healthy blood lines. The shepherd enjoys life and loves to work even after ten years. Hair care can be considerable, since we should know how to perform “stripping” of the strong outer hair. Skin problems are rare on well kept dogs.

Darkly pigmented puppies will turn even darker with age (light or bristle dogs, lighten with time).