Bouvier des Flandres has its origin in Flandres, the flat country on the
Franco-Belgium border. The Bouvier is really a herding dog more than the traditional
cattle dog. It herds by simply cutting off the breakaways, and then nudging and pushing
them back into the herd. It will normally not use "tricks" like snatching at the
World War I almost brought the Bouvier to
termination when they were charged with new tasks at the wars frontline. But those
Bouviers surviving the various phases of the war, also won the hearts of the soldiers
through their capability, courage and stamina. The soldiers returned with the dogs, saving
some of the best dogs and thereby also the future of the Bouvier breed. The Bouvier has a well-balanced temper, and it is
intelligent and smart.The coat needs trimming to attain the characteristic shape
of a Bouvier.
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